Word for the Day

Grace involves unmerited, undeserved, and permanent forgiveness. Grace can operate only where there is sin. Without need of forgiveness there is no need of grace.

MacArthur, John. 1 Corinthians MacArthur New Testament Commentary (MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series) (Kindle Locations 376-377). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

When Jesus appeared to Israel, He did not plead with them to open their hearts and ask Him in, nor did He direct them to repeat a certain prayer. Instead, He commanded them to turn from their sin and believe the gospel.

Washer, Paul. The Gospel Call and True Conversion (Recovering the Gospel Book 2) (Kindle Locations 182-183). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

Lewis, C. S.. The Abolition of Man (Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis) (p. 27). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Much of modern western society has been so imbued with the propriety of self-esteem and self-will that virtually every desire has come to be considered a right.

MacArthur, John. Romans 1-8 MacArthur New Testament Commentary (MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series) (Kindle Locations 363-365). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

if you desire to be justified before God, you must either bring to him a perfect righteousness of your own, and wholly renounce Christ; or else you must bring the perfect righteousness of Christ, and wholly renounce your own.

Fisher, Edward. The Marrow of Modern Divinity (Kindle Locations 1819-1820). Fig. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

The pain of every birth is a reminder of the hope that lies in God’s promise. Birthpangs are not merely a reminder of the futility of the fall; they are a sign of an impending joy: We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. (Ro 8: 22– 24; cf. Mt 24: 8)

Sailhamer, John H.; Sailhamer, John H.. Genesis (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary) (Kindle Locations 3509-3513). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

How Great the Father’s Love for Us

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28 KJV)

How often have you thought about this verse? It is often quoted by Christians, particularly in bad or difficult situations. But it is a weak salve for most people because we do not meditate on its meaning. Quoting it, to self or to others, is apt to provoke a response of indignation, “HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT THIS IS GOOD?” And they are probably right, as far as they go.

This verse requires several acts of faith: 1. God is omnipotent; 2. God is omniscient; 3. God is good; 4. God is actively seeking both temporal and eternal good for His people. The point of this verse is not that everything that happens in our lives is good, we know that many things, maybe even most, are not. It is that in God’s will the effects of all that we do and experience will combine together for good to us. This good being most fully expressed in our salvation by Christ and our sanctification in Christ. Thus, we evaluate everything in terms of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

What does this mean? When we suffer we remember that Christ suffered on our behalf. We know that although our suffering may be grievous and overbearing it has a purpose that ultimately is for our good. Although we may not know what purposes God has, we do know Him as Savior and Friend, Healer and Comforter. We also know that our suffering has an end, it is finite and temporal, not infinite and unending, we have been saved from that. We know that our suffering gives an opportunity for Christ to be glorified in us. He will strengthen us. He will come alongside us. He will not forsake us. Even when we feel alone we know that we are not alone. He knows all our infirmities and weaknesses. He knows the limit of what we can bear. He will not let us be taken beyond that limit. He will not break us, nor will He allow anyone or anything to break us. He endured the infinite wrath of God against sin so that we would never see wrath but would with our own eyes see the good He has for us.

Likewise, when we enjoy good things we remember that every good gift comes from our Father in heaven, who delights in His children. The most mundane things are wonderful when seen in the light of the Father’s love. Sunsets, thunderstorms, a cool breeze in summer bring joy and songs when seen in His love. The very act of eating our food is worthy of praise: have you ever considered what a delight it is that food is delicious? God could have made food such that, while necessary, it was no more pleasant to us than filling a gas tank is to a car! Social media is filled with pictures of delectable food, recipes that make mouths water in anticipation. It is so simple and yet such a wonderful gift! It is our Father’s love!

Regardless of the situation you are in, seek God’s face. Lean on Him when you need strength, rest in Him when you are exhausted, praise and sing songs in every situation, proclaim His great love, and thank Him every day. If you do so, your joy will never fail!

He is waiting to hear from you.

Word for the Day

We must have a reformation within the Church. To beg for a flood of blessing to come upon a backslidden and disobedient Church is to waste time and effort. A new wave of religious interest will do no more than add numbers to churches that have no intention to own the Lordship of Jesus and come under obedience to His commandments. God is not interested in increased church attendance unless those who attend amend their ways and begin to live holy lives.

Tozer, A. W.. Keys to the Deeper Life (Kindle Locations 94-97). Pioneer Library. Kindle Edition.

Eyes, Ears, and Hearts

To look at the state of America today is to despair if you put your trust in man. The unrelenting assault on righteous foundations is breathtaking in its zeal. The blatant disregard for the law is matched by the malevolent use of the law to destroy those who disagree with the political-media elites.  Goodness is declared evil and the vilest evil is declared good and all who demur are slandered into bankruptcy and silence.

We are in a civil war where one side is avowedly pagan in its outlook: it looks to Man, most particularly Collective Man in the form of the national government as its god.  It gives this god many names: The People, Science, Social Justice, Socialism; but it is the old Moloch worship and Baalism.

The other side is effectively pagan as well.  Its god is Tradition, Law & Order, Individualism, Conservatism; but it too is Man-centered and is thus just a different version of the same thing. It is, in fact, a weaker version of the first because its highest form is the power of the individual or family.  And since the power of Collective Man in the form of the state is far greater than that of the individual or family, the proponents of Collective Man inexorably drive back their opponents.  So-called conservatives, contrary to their view of themselves as principled, define themselves in relation to progressives. As such, conservatism is constantly changing to be the progressivism of a previous generation.

There is no hope in this war except for repentance and submission to Christ. This should be the prayer and proclamation of the Church, but far too many have buried their coins. In the parables, a servant buries the coin/talent he is given because he considers his master to be a jerk.  He accuses his master of being a hard man–one who requires far too much of his servants and does nothing for them.  He sees no point in engaging in the most minor work with what he is entrusted with because of his contempt for his lord.  At the same time, you can easily imagine the boasting of this servant about how much his master had entrusted him with in the right company.

This servant exemplifies the church today.  There is much work to be done with what has been given us. We are given so many things to do: teaching, convicting, correcting, training, worshipping, comforting, visiting, and much, much more.  All of this to be done to glorify Christ and build in His kingdom.  Yet we reduce our efforts to the absolute minimum, while loudly proclaiming the tasks we have been given.  We give lip-service to evangelism, loudly, but only 2% every year will evangelize even one person.  Even when evangelism is done, it is generally so twisted and watered down that it simply confirms people of their own self-righteousness.  There is no call to repentance. There is no call to faith in Christ. There is no call to die to self. There is no call to sacrifice, much less obedience. We see churches filled for a time by man-centered methods and yet no change in lives, no change in families, no change in communities, and no change in the nation.  And we wonder at it all.

I hesitate to even mention 2nd Chronicles 7:14, but it bears looking at again. God says, “If my people”, His people–the ones called by His Name–Christians.  If they will humble themselves. If they will pray.  Pray and do what?  Seek His face. Why? So that they, the people of God–Christians, can turn from their wicked ways.  Then, and only then, will He hear from heaven.  Then, and only then, will He forgive us and heal our land.  Until then our prayers condemn us just as the Pharisee who thanked God was condemned for his prayer.

We must fall on our faces before the Lord and confess our sin, as individuals, as families, as deacons, as teachers, as pastors, as churches.  And we must forsake our sin, begging the Lord for forgiveness and cleansing.  We must beg the Holy Spirit to examine us thoroughly and show us our sin in order that we may repent.  We must have godly sorrow that leads to repentance.  And we must cast it all upon Christ and then arise in newness of life. A life that is full of faith, hope, and love.  One that is shown in steadfast love and devotion to Christ.

Then God will hear and heal our land.  Maranatha!

Word for the Day

The self-righteous man sees everything wrong with God, the world, and his family, and nothing wrong with himself.

Rushdoony, R. J.. A Word in Season, Volume 1 (A Word in Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life) (Kindle Locations 151-152). Chalcedon/Ross House Books. Kindle Edition.