Consideration

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I am a great sinner and I need a great Saviour. When the great sinner realises the enormity of her sinfulness and sin, her love for that Saviour becomes enormous. Our difficulty is we don’t understand the enormity of our sins. They are completely forgiven and forgotten by God. He never blames us or even brings up our failures. We are free to choose not to sin and to follow the way of Christ, and we become righteous people choosing righteousness. But we should never forget what we have been forgiven from. Our debt to the Saviour Christ is incalculable. The price that was paid for our freedom, was beyond anything we will ever understand.

Our sin may never bother us again, but we should remember that we were once washed by the very blood of Christ the perfect Saviour. Never loose sight of the fact that He has to give up everything to pay the price for those sins that we do blithely tolerate. He did not save Himself, so that we could be saved. Without that crucial washing from sin and from sinful ways, we can never be clean. No amount of water, detergent or bleach will do it!
Souls need blood applied to get rid of the deep stains.

We are extremely dear people! How highly He values us. It is very hard to understand why. Five minutes into the day and we are already filthy.! How much we need the cleansing and how weakly we pursue it.

Take time every Sunday at least, to consider Him…
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3 NIV

If we do not consider Him, we will not endure that race set before us, because we will have no heart.
What a Saviour! Our redeemer, Lord and God

Fiddling while people burn

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“Because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God will repay each person according to what they have done.” Romans 2:5-6 NIV

If we believe in a place known as hell, with all the insight the Scriptures give on that place- why are we so silent? Silent as organisations and as individuals -we forget its existence. We become accepting of a complacent idea that some are saved and some are not. And we have no control or responsibility for the job of reaching out with the life-saving message of repentance, forgiveness and spiritual life forever. We are slightly embarrassed to talk about the most loving Saviour, who can give us life and bring us safely to heaven forever. We don’t understand salvation enough to explain it or tell it publicly, and we make no effort to do so.

Blaming God for the existence of such a place is folly. If only God would let everyone off the hook, we would all be happy. We fail to understand the holiness of God, The dreadfulness of our sin, and the cost of redeeming a soul. We are not afraid of His majesty or thrown down on the floor before His eternal throne. We are insensible and uninterested. As God’s people, we have no vision or little motivation for the salvation of other people.

Why?
Because we don’t get hell.
We don’t see what we have been saved from.
If me and mine are ok, who really cares?
It costs too much time and money.
Spending time in the Scriptures with God is not my thing…
I am not responsible for other people- it’s their choice…
It will all come right in the end..

There will be people who will lose everything. They will ignore their sin and the danger of facing a holy God without a Saviour, and will ultimately perish.
Our responsibility is to tell them, warm them and share the good news of being saved from the consequences of our sin.
Romans 5:8-9 NIV
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”

This is the only salvation and the only escape from the destruction which hangs over us apart from God.
It will not come right in the end, unless we repent and believe…

Worldliness

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Worldliness is everywhere.
It is the staple diet of every human heart and psyche.
It infiltrates every organization and human construct.
It is based on the culture of the day.
We imbibe it because we see it gets results that people can see and measure.
This is the mind-set of the generations of human society.
We are happy with acquiescence and compliance in others and ourselves.
We automatically go to the refuges of this life rather than the person of our Saviour Jesus.
We seek satisfaction in the work of our hands, and not is the Spirit of the living God.
We blame others for outward misdemeanors, and tolerate our own deep-dyed sin.
We measure ourselves against the person we most like and admire. It isn’t Jesus.
We want to have the best this world can offer us, and we will do anything to get it. We have the right.
We are comfortable in the knowledge that our families are doing well at school.
We really have no personal knowledge or hunger for the Word of God.
Our spiritual lives have atrophied and we don’t even notice.
We think the minister is the standard. We pay him his salary.
Attending church is our devotion.
Our prayer is that our children will get married in church and get a house in a good area.

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:1-10 NIV

Lord, purge my heart from the treacherous prejudices and motivations that infest it.
Turn my eyes to you and my life to the spiritual walk of faith with Jesus.
Forgive, Lord, for I wander so easily. Keep me beside you… I will walk beside you all day every day. I would know your presence dear and recognize your voice as you speak to me.
Your Word is my treasure and my reward.
Lord, I pray this for all my family.
Lord, may we all become like you before you would take us home.

 

Flesh and fear

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“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV

Fear of death is a huge issue in our lives. It feeds other fears, rejection, failure and isolation. For many people, they deal with these pains daily. As we get older and we start to see the apathy and carelessness in the world, the fear grows. People don’t understand and are caught up in their own problems. Where do we turn to or who do we turn to?

The Saviour Jesus knows our every feeling and fear. He is the Holy and mighty God, yet He took to Himself human skin and came and lived our lives for thirty three years. We hated Him for His love and sacrificial living, so we killed Him in a cruel cross. Whatever our weaknesses or failures, He has known them and has died for our failure and sin. He is able and worthy to be our Saviour, Lord and God.

The death of Jesus broke the power that Satan had over the human soul. Jesus paid for the sin we commit and the sinful nature that drives us. He paid for our sin so that we could be free from it, so the guilt and fear is gone. Satan has no more power over those people who have out their trust in Christ and have repented of their sin and turned from it.

If we have never come to Christ in repentance and faith, we are still slaves to sin and we live in fear of the judgment to come.

Perhaps you do not feel afraid. You do not believe, so you think it does not apply. It is promised by God that we will all answer for our sins on that last great day. We might not feel bad about what we do for now, but some day it will become clear. Let it be that we recognise our need before that last day. May we repent and turn from it, before it is too late.

Why hold on to things that drag us down and ruin eternity? Why hold on to a fake feeling of freedom, and miss the reality of liberty in God through not believing? We are so loved that Jesus was prepared to give up His glory and His life for you. Will your sins do that? Will your sins save you from the ultimate wrath of a holy God?

Jesus did not die to save fallen angels, but the fragile humans He created to be His friends. Why miss out on that?

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” Hebrews 2:18 NIV

We can be victorious over sin, through the power of that holy sacrifice on the cross. He who is holy, became unholy so that He could bear the punishment on our behalf. He overcame death and hell, so that those who believe would also overcome..

Is this our deepest treasure and desire?

 

Man of sorrows

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“He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.”
Isaiah 53:3 NLT

Phillip Bliss was brought up in the back woods USA. He became a hymn writer for D.L.Moody’s gospel outreaches. Crossing America one night, the train he and his wife, Lucy, travelled in, was involved in a terrible crash. Lucy was left trapped with no possibility of release. As the snow fell, Phillip was told to leave the train and save his life. He refused. He died that night beside Lucy.
What a picture of the Saviour Jesus that he served. Jesus will never leave His people, whatever the circumstances.
This is Phillip’s hymn…

Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Guilty, vile and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was he,
Full atonement, can it be?
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

The sword of the Lord!

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The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!

This is the sword…

It is razor sharp, to cut between the bones and the marrow.

It is fearful, it will cut to ribbons, if not wielded aright.

It is double edged, it cuts right and left, it brings death on both the sharp sides. It reveals what is true and what is fake.

What is this mighty weapon?

The very Word of the Living God…

Those who walk by it never go wrong. Those who learn to use it will bring many to righteousness. Those who use it wrongly, will suffer loss.

The stakes are high and the blade is sharp. Will you discipline yourself before the Lord to use it rightly?

Will you keep it hidden in the scabbard? or be a warrior saint, triumphant and victorious.?

This sword brings death and life.

It enlivens the faithful warrior who has taken it boldly and fights for others.

It slays the lazy and complacent who don’t realise its power or have never learned the battle cry.

 

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