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The Lord is Faithful

Lamentations 3:21-23 “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

The Lord our God does what He says He will do – He is reliable, unfailing, trustworthy, and steadfast.   From the day of our salvation, when we recognized that we were sinners on our way to hell,  repented, and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we are able to rest “being confident of this very thing,  that he that hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”  Philippians 1:6

We can trust in God’s faithfulness because:

1. He knows everything about what we are going through and why we are going through it.

2. He has all power to meet our every need, and to enable us to walk through our trials.  He works out purposes in our life for his glory and for our good.  The Lord knows we profit most from our trials.

3.  He is always with us.  We are never alone.

4.  The Lord never changes.  Everything about us changes, but He never does.

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God Is…

In this day of the compromising church, emergent teaching and pastors who teach “feel good” sermons, what does the bible say about who God is? Is he only a God of love? Who is God to the believer, the Christian, Who was he to the saints of the old testament? Who is God to the unbeliever?

The book of Hebrews says that Abraham was a man of faith Heb 11:8,10 “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went…. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Notice that Abraham obeyed the command of God when he was called out.

Deut 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

2 Samuel 22:33, the words of king David, after his sin with Bathsheba, after his repentance, “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect”

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Psalm 48:14, pure comfort to the believer “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death”

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The Lamb of God: The Lord Jesus Christ

Yesterday I posted about the lamb in the Old Testament, foreshadowing the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is a further meditation on the Lamb of God, that perfect sacrifice who entered the world as a baby, born of Mary, born a King, our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ.  No one else has ever been born King.  Matthew 2:2 “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

Philippians 2:5-11 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Why was the Lord Jesus our perfect sacrifice? Why was He the perfect Lamb of John the Baptist said upon seeing the approaching Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

In the Holy Bible, old testament, every year one would take a sacrificial lamb, without spot and without blemish, to the priest. The lamb would be slain, his blood was shed, and the person for whom the blood was shed, was thus looking forward to the Saviour to come. Hebrews 9:12,15. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us….and for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, that they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance..”

When the Lord Jesus shed His precious blood and gave up His spirit on the cross, He was offered up Once for All. Hebrews 10:9-10 “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

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The Lamb of God: Bible Old Testament

A few years ago there was a show on television called Lonely Planet, where different guides went to countries around the world where the cultures are much different from  North America. Quite often there were lambs sacrificed, and one thing I noticed is that they never made a sound..they go to their death without struggle. Often it moved the guide to tears to see this innocent animal killed. This post is about the lamb as seen in the bible, old testament, foreshadowing the Lord Jesus Christ,  who went to the cross without struggle, going to complete the work He came into this world to accomplish, to pay the penalty and atone for sin by the shedding of His precious blood, and His death on the cross and resurrection.

Genesis 22: 8 “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:….

Exodus 12: And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood,, I will pass over you…”

There are many references to lambs in our bible. The first one is in Gen.3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Adam and his wife had tried to cover themselves with fig leaves after their disobedience in eating the fruit of the tree that they were commanded by God not to eat.  After eating the fruit their (spiritual) eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked so they tried to cover themselves. (Gen 3:6-7) but this covering was by their own works. God covered them with the skins of animals, requiring the shedding of blood. Nothing could cover the sins of Adam and Eve but that which God gave them, just as our sins are covered by the precious blood of Christ, Romans 1 Peter 1:18-19 “Foreasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things………but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” Hebrews 8:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

The next instance is that of Abel, Gen. 4:4 “he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering” Abel’s offering was acceptable being that which was not of the work of his own hands, but necessitated the sacrifice of one of his flock, while Cain’s offering was from the fruit of the ground (which was cursed) and was not accepted by God. Gen. 4:5 “But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect”. Because Abel’s offering was accepted by God, and Cain’s was not, Cain in a fit of rage murdered his brother. And still today, this world tries to find its way to heaven by doing good works, and not by faith.

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Jew or Gentile: You Are All One in Christ Jesus

One of the doctrines that is most important to me is who makes up the Church, the body of Christ.  I have often been accused of believing in “replacement theology”, but I believe that the bible teaches “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28). Because I am not the most eloquent person, it seems the wisest thing to let the bible speak for itself, and “let God be true”

Genesis 12:3 the LORD speaking to Abram “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Galatians 3:6,7,13,14,28,29 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham…Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentile through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

1 Corinthians 12:12,13 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

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The Security of the Believer

This piece was written by myself a year or so ago, but something happened yesterday to make me want to post it here.  I learned that a lovely young lady we knew from the chapel we used to attend is going to a new church because somewhere she is being taught that if you don’t live a holy life you will lose your salvation.  My question is this.. how do you know if you are being holy enough?  That makes it a works issue, and not a faith issue.  I trust the Lord Jesus to transform me into the Christian that I should be as I commit each day to him and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Here is the piece that I wrote:

Can a believer ever be lost? I was saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1987, and attended a Brethren assembly until April of 2001 when a series of incidents led to almost all of the members leaving that church. Note that I didn’t say that I was saved “by grace”, and that is because in all that time, I don’t remember until the very end, anyone teaching from the book of Ephesians, specifically Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. Until the day that I left that church, and prayed for the Lord to show me the truth from His Holy Word, I was always afraid of losing my salvation. It was then that the beautiful word “grace” became real to me, and I believed what Jonah said, “Salvation is of the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9) Our salvation is by grace through faith, and not by anything we can do of our own will..Believer’s didn’t decide one day that it was time to be saved, no, Believers heard the gospel preached, and they were convicted in their heart that they were sinners and on their way to a lost eternity.  They believed the gospel, that the Lord Jesus on the cross at Calvary took upon himself the penalty for sin, and shed his precious blood, gave up his spirit, was buried and rose again.  By believing this, we receive the Lord Jesus by faith, and “this not of ourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.”   I finally saw that faith is a gift of God, and I knew that it wasn’t me who kept myself, but the Lord who kept me..

What does the bible say about this change of heart?

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I Go a Fishing..

John 21

John 21 occurs after the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is after Peter’s denial of the Lord Jesus in Chapter 18 where he denied that he knew the Lord Jesus three times. In Chapter 21, Peter is at the sea of Tiberius with Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, and two other of the Lord Jesus’s disciples. Peter announces to his friends V3 “I go a fishing” and his friends reply “We also go with thee.” But that night they caught nothing.

How many times as believers have we decided to do something which is not led by the Spirit? how many times has it brought consequences? How many times have we regretted what we have done but have to live with it? I know this has happened to me many times. But when a believer follows the leading of the Spirit he or she first gets a desire to do something,and this is followed by opportunity, then he or she will have the ability to do this thing, then they will bear good fruit, spiritually speaking.

The risen Lord Jesus had some lessons to teach Peter that night, that he must follow the leading of the Lord, and stop doing his own thing, as it were.

John 21:4 Morning had come, and the risen Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples “knew not that it was Jesus” V5 “Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.” and they were probably downtrodden because they had caught no fish. But then they follow the instruction of the Lord when he tells them V6 “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” When the Lord leads, blessing follows.

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What Does the Bible Say About Salvation?

What does the bible say about salvation? The bible is very clear that salvation is of the Lord, man cannot save himself.

From Websters 1828 dictionary:

Salvation: Appropriately in theology, the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him everlasting happiness. This is the great salvation

Bible Verses that show that salvation is of the Lord (King James)

Genesis 49:18 “I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.”

1 Samuel 2:1 “And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation”

1 Chronicles 16:23 “Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation”

1 Chronicles 16:35 “And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise”

Psalm 35:9 “And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation”

Psalm 37:39 “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble”

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The Man Born Blind – John 9

The man born blind has an important distinction in the bible. Unlike Bartimaeus or Nicodemus, or others that we read of, he did not come to the Lord Jesus or cry out for him, but was used by the Lord Jesus in a mighty way to show forth the works of God. This healing is only found in the book of John, which is the gospel that proclaims the deity of the Lord Jesus.

John 9:1-41

One day, as Jesus passed by with his disciples, he saw a man blind from his birth, and the question arose from his disciples regarding who caused his blindness? Was it his parents, or him that he was born blind? An interesting question, for how could one sin in the womb so that he be born blind? But Jesus answered them V3 “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him..” and then shortly thereafter Jesus proclaims V5 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”

The bible says “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans3:23) and all are in darkness, but the Lord Jesus is the light of the world – and we are to come out of darkness and into the light by believing the gospel, and receiving the Lord Jesus as our Saviour. Jesus chose to manifest his power over this man’s blindness on the sabbath day, the Jews holy day, showing that he was Lord over the sabbath.

And thus speaking, Jesus V6 “spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay” Bartimaeus called out to the Lord Jesus to heal him, and Jesus only spoke the word and Bartimaeus could see. But in this case the blind man’s eyes were covered with clay made by the Lord Jesus and lovingly placed on his eyes. This was to require an act of obedience from the man. He was told V7 “go, wash in the pool of Siloam” he was to go to a particular place for a particular action. The man born blind went, and washed, and “came seeing”.

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The Father of the Prodigal Son

The Father of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32

Many Christians are familiar with the story of the prodigal son, who desired his inheritance, and left home to go to a far country where he squandered all his money on worldly things When famine came he was in great want but he came to the end of himself, recognized his sin, repented and returned home.

Let us consider the father of the prodigal son. Certainly he must have been a man of much wealth and substance, for he had servants and riches…yet he possessed that most precious quality, unconditional love for his children. When the youngest son demanded his inheritance V12-13 “Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” The father did not argue or deny but divided his living and gave to both sons. Perhaps the father thought that this might lead to disaster, but he used great wisdom. There comes a time when we must let our children go, and trust the Lord to care for them, chasten them, and bring them back to us again, not necessarily to live with us, but to be in harmony as a family. The father trusted the Lord to bring his son home again. Scripture bears no record that the father went after his son at all, but let him go.

The son did come to the end of himself, for a mighty famine arose in the land (where the son had gone). And the son was so desperate that he took a job that meant feeding swine which would have been a very humbling experience. V16 “And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him”. It was at that point that he realized that there was more than enough at his Father’s house, and it was then he came to the end of himself and realized his sin…V18-19 “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee and am no more worthy to be called thy son:……” How many parents are facing this very thing? Their beloved children far from home, the parents not knowing where they are or how they are, just praying and trusting the Lord to watch over them, bring them to repentance, and restore the relationship.

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Fight or Flight – Put On the Armour of God

Flight or Fight – Put on the armour of God.

Years ago I had Shetland Sheepdogs as the dog of choice. They were loyal, intelligent, willing workers, but Shelties are known to have a flight response rather than a fight response. I also tend to be this way. Over the years there have been times when feelings were hurt, or someone, usually another Christian, was on the attack, or perhaps even it was a case of having differing view on subjects and I chose to keep silent rather than face challenges to those beliefs even though I strongly believed it was the biblical view, having prayed for the Lord to show me the truth from His Word.

So what should we do when challenged. Now I know that we should put on the armour of God, and so I am posting this study on the subject that my husband wrote probably 10 years ago.. The Lord teaches me different things at different times, and lately has been teaching me this important lesson.. to stand for the truth.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (KJV)

Every soldier going into battle certainly needs to put on his armour. The enemy is out to destroy us and we need all the protection we can get. In Ephesians 6:10-18 we notice that there are six pieces of armour. They are:

1. Loins girt about with truth.
2. Breastplate of righteousness.
3. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
4. Shield of faith.
5. Helmet of salvation.
6. Sword of the Spirit.

It is very interesting to note that all these pieces of protection are actually a person. Let me elaborate:

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