Believe in Christ’s Cross

I am not trying, O Lord, to penetrate Thy loftiness, for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it, but I desire in some measure to understand Thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand.—Anselm of Canterbury

Our redemption through Christ’s suffering is that deeper affection in us which not only frees us from slavery to sin, but also wins for us the true liberty of sons of God, so that we do all things out of love rather than fear.—Peter Abelard

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Calvin on Sanctification

Let us not cease to do the utmost, that we may incessantly go forward in the way of the Lord; and let us not despair because of the smallness of our accomplishments. —John Calvin

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Longing For God

“Most high, omnipotent, merciful Lord, Thine is all praise, the honor, and the glory and every benediction. To Thee alone are they confined, and no man is worthy to speak Thy Name”
Francis of Assisi

“But the believing soul longs and faints for God; she rests sweetly in the contemplation of Him. She glories in the reproach of the Cross, until the glory of His face shall be revealed.
Like the Bride, the dove of Christ, that is covered with silver wings, white with innocence and purity, she reposes in the thought of Thine abundant kindness, Lord Jesus.”
–Bernard of Clairvaux

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Robert Herrick, “Litany to the Holy Spirit”

When, God knows, I’m toss’d about Either with despair or doubt;
Yet before the glass be out,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
When the tempter me pursu’th With the sins of all my youth, And half damns me with untruth,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

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Thoughts for Easter

Soon we will be celebrating Resurrection Sunday again, and what a celebration it is.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified, died, and was buried and on the third day, rose again to be seated at the Fathers right hand. He ever lives to make intercession for us. Hallelujah!

In 2007 a program on the Discovery Channel called “The Lost Tomb Of Jesus”, was yet another attempt to disprove the authenticity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If a Christian minister says anything negative about another religion it provokes an uproar. But when some Hollywood movie producer blasphemes the resurrection of our precious Lord Jesus Christ we are encouraged to be tolerant and willing to dialogue about the matter. We are accused of being narrow minded if we respond any other way. Rubbish, I say.

By the way, the so-called “evidences” of that particular program has been refuted by the worlds leading experts.

I have always believed that the truth can stand the tests of time. Nothing which is true is threatened by the claims or so-called evidence of those who oppose it. We have always tried to respect the thoughts and beliefs of those who differ with us, but this is different. You can’t have a discussion with EVIL. I emphasize the word evil because I refer not to a person–James Cameron, who produced “The Lost Tomb Of Jesus”. I do not refer to those who chose to air the program or even those who wholeheartedly brought the lie. Though that is evil to be sure, the evil I am refering to is the one Jesus called “the Evil One”[Matt. 5:37,6:13,13:19,13:38, John 17:15] Satan himself is who is behind this..

Make no mistake about it, we have an enemy who would like nothing better than to strip people of the belief that Jesus Christ indeed rose from the dead and convince them that “your faith is vain” [1 Cor 15:14].
THE FACT IS: Jesus Christ DID rise on the third day. He said He would arise and He did. His disciples, who cowered in fear in an upper room after His death, became bold, confident preachers who were willing to die for the Gospel after His Resurrection. More than 500 people saw Him personally after He arose.[1 Cor 15:6]. An infant church in Jerusalem that was threatened with extinction because of persecution became so passionate about telling the news of His resurrection that you and I know the Gospel today because of their witness.
Volumes have been written over the past 2000 years that contain all the evidence that is necessary to demonstrate the validity and reality of the resurrection.
Also, we know that He Arose because we have met Jesus Christ and have been forever transformed by Him. That is, born-again Christians have. That’s all the proof I need. I KNOW Jesus is alive. We were just talking together this morning.

JESUS IS ALIVE.. That’s the true message of Easter. Some things aren’t up for debate. Call me narrow-minded. Tell me I’m wrong. I don’t care. Grace doesn’t require that we shrug our shoulders and smile when people assault our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus rose from the dead and He lives in my heart today and He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and Jesus Christ is coming back soon. Its just that simple!

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Honest

HONEST: Difficulties, lions, or Vanity Fair, [Mr. Fearing] feared not at all; it was only sin, death, and hell, that were to him a terror, because he had some doubts about his interest in that celestial country.
—John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
Matthew 7:22–23

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The Hope of all Mankind

Even your own past has to bow to the mighty name of Jesus and free you from its grave of regrets if God has called you…. The Cross has eliminated everything in the enemies arsenal of weapons that could possibly render your life ineffective. Cling to that old rugged Cross… Preach it…Proclaim it… It is the good news; the Hope of all mankind….

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Get The Doubt Out

The more we grow up spiritually in the Lord, we become more rooted and grounded in the faithfulness of our God. But sometimes doubt will try to creep in and attack our trust in the Lord. In order for us to not lose ground under the attack of the enemy, we must act decisively. Below are 4 steps that we must take to eliminate doubt.

Matthew 21: 20-22 says, “Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, ” How did the fig tree wither all at once?”. And Jesus answered and said to them, ” Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ” Be taken up and cast into the sea’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (NASB)

The first thing we must do when dealing with doubt is to recall God’s past faithfulness, and remember His promises. God has done so much for each of us, we have no reason to think that He won’t help us in what we are going through now. When we spend time praising God for what He has done for us in previous situations, we are reminded of His Love and provision. Meditating on promises from scripture will reassure us that God will continue to meet every one of our needs.
Read Psalm 41:12, John 16:13; Eph. 3:16 for encouragement.

The second thing is that we must ask the Lord for scriptural guidance. The Lord will direct you to certain passages and make them a rhema word to you for your situation. Get these passages from the Lord down into your inner man. Meditate on them and give God thanks and praise for being active in your life. Prayerfully consider how to apply these verses from the Lord to your circumstances.

The third step is to choose to believe God and His promises. We are wise to put our confidence in Him.

And finally, we must place our trust and faith in what Jesus did for us at the Cross of Calvary. That is where the victory was won forever..

Our human nature is what makes us vulnerable to doubt. But we are also partakers of the Divine nature if we are born again.( 2 Peter 1:3-4) So when we choose to trust God, uncertainty cannot shrink our faith.
God bless you.

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New Levels of Openess

Hidden sin kills your spirit and robs you of your God-given destiny.
It must be dealt with. We must plant New Testament Fellowships
that teach these truths and put them into action so people can be
free. This level of openness is not comfortable, for we will all have
to admit that we have faults and problems. This will cause us to
have to deal with marital problems instead of running to divorce
court. We will have to be accountable for our actions and live
life without any excuses.

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Simply Believe

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Simply Believe !

I love the account in Mark 9:14-29 about a boy that could not speak or hear and how he received his healing. Due to space, I will not type out those passages but this also tells us something else very important. If we can believe; Jesus can do it ! Whatever we may need !

We see in this passage a father who had almost lost faith; but his faith was in man. He was to soon come in contact with the Sea Walker, the Leper Cleansing man, the Blind Man healer; Jesus Christ. Jesus was and is; very man and very God. More than a man !

All that was required of this father was that he simply believe. That may seem impossible to us at times, but if we will believe God; He still performs miracles in our lives today ! Even though it may seem too simple, all that is required of us is to simply believe. Whatever we see Jesus doing in the pages of the Bible, He will do the same for us today. He never changes. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. [ Heb. 13:8]

My question to you is this; has the arm of the Lord been shortened?

The answer to that question is a resounding “NO”.

Today, in your life, it may seem that all hell has broken loose around you. It may seem like all of your faith is gone. But I want you to continue to hold on to the promise that our God has given you. If He said it, then it will come to pass. If you can believe it, then our Jesus can do it. Always remember, you are serving a great, big God– Don’t put Him in a box and don’t sell Him short. Our tremendous God can still save the lost and set the captive free.

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