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Peace of Mind In a Troubled World. (Part 2/II)

THE BATTLEGROUND IN OUR HEARTS

Though our souls long for God, our sinful natures rebel at His ways. Part of us yearns for God and part of us reaches for fleshly desires. Our hearts are a battleground of continual conflict. This inner struggle causes tension and excessive strain. Without God we are “…like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt,” (Isaiah 57:20).

There can be no peace until all of life — mind, body, spirit and soul — are coordinated by the One who made us and understands us. He is not only master of the world, but knows your life and mine from the beginning to the end. He was thinking of us when He came into the world “to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace,” (Luke 1:79).

As the Prince of Peace, He invites you to come to Him, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28). When you come to Him, you will find relief and relaxation in the freedom that He can only give. Your peace will be as a river (Isaiah 48:18); an active, sparkling peace that is refreshing and strong, a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Will you come to Jesus, casting your burden(s) upon Him? He says, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you… Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” (John 14:27).

Faith and trust are the antidotes for fear and anxiety. How restful it is to trust in the only God Who is from everlasting to everlasting, to have a Friend Who never changes, whose love never dies. This Friend is ever thinking of us, ever caring for us. So why worry and fret? Learn to do as we read in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” There is peace when the battle is over, so why not surrender you life to the Lord? Remember, if you trust, you don’t worry, and if you worry, you don’t trust. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:because he trusteth in thee,” (Isaiah 26:3).

Resentment is a poison that also robs you of your peace of mind. It leads to discouragement and hopeless confusion. It is hard to forgive those who have done you an injustice, but you must if you wish to be forgiven. “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses,” (Matthew 6:15). As faith is born in your heart, you are able to surrender your will. Instead of resentment and irritation, your heart is filled with love and mercy, and you experience and inner tranquility. When Jesus is reigning in your heart, you will love your enemies. Only through Christ’s redeeming blood can this occur.

REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION OF SIN LEADS TO PEACE OF MIND.

Maybe you feel the heavy load of past sins weighing you down, and you feel you have more than you can bear. The Lord offers the remedy with, “Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord,” (Acts 3:19). 1 John 1:9 also says, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” As a result, you will have peace with God through our lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

In the twenty-third Psalm David expresses his confidence in God. He gives a very descriptive message of the peace he experienced. This peace and fellowship is for all those who have a vital companionship with the Shepherd.

THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thous preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

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Do you know this Shepherd? Do you believe and trust him? Isaiah tells us that this tender, merciful Shepherd “shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom,” (Isaiah 40:11). Are you ready to be lifted out of the confusion into the serenity of God’s everlasting arms? Are you ready to commit to Him your past sins, your present temptations, your fears of the future, and yield yourself completely to Him? The Lord gives you the choice. It is yours to make.

ABIDING PEACE.

When you come to Jesus Christ with your whole heart, your search for peace of mind will be over. He will give peace and a calm that comes only from trusting Him, and you will be able to say with the poet:

 I know a peace, where there is no peace,                                                                                                                A calm where wild winds blow,                                                                                                                                    A secret place where face to face,                                                                                                                        With the Master I may go.

-Ralph Spalding Cushman

You will have peace of mind in a troubled world! Open the door of your heart to Christ (just now) and someday He’ll open the door of heaven for you, where perfect peace will reign and never end!

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Peace of Mind In a Troubled World. (Part 1/I)

“Peace, where is peace… for our nations, our homes, and most of all our hearts and minds?” This agonizing cry has echoed down through the ages, but it is heard with increasing intensity as the world becomes progressively more tempest-tossed and panic-stricken. It is also the cry of your heart? Amidst the prevailing discontent and disturbance, do you long for an inward peace and quietness that transcends all else?

Endless achievements directed at making the world a safer, better place have only made life more complex and complicated. Though in many ways people have it easier than their parents, they are uneasier. People are weary and worried. Beyond question there is a need for direction and counsel, security, and confidence. We need and want peace of mind.

Peace of mind: what a treasure! Can this treasure actually be found in a world of so much conflict and despair, of so much turmoil and trouble?

The great search is on! Multitudes are seeking peace in fame and fortune, in pleasure and power, in education and knowledge, in human relationships and marriage. They desire to fill their heads with knowledge and their purses with wealth, but their souls remain empty. Others are seeking to escape from the realities of life in drugs and/or alcohol, but the peace that they so desperately seek eludes them. All their seeking only take them in a vicious circle of frustrations and futility. They are still empty and lonely, still in a trouble world with a troubled mind.

Many search among outward and tangible things, but neglect to look within. They are afraid of what they may discover. They would like to blame a troubled world for their troubled minds, but the cure must begin within their (very) own hearts.

MAN IN TURMOIL.

God created man and placed him in a beautiful garden to enjoy perfect peace, joy and happiness. But when Adam and Eve disobeyed (God), they were at once stricken with guilt. Whereas before they had longed for the presence of God, they now hid themselves with shame. Remorse and fear replaced the peace and happiness they once knew. Here was the beginning of a troubled world… and a troubled mind.

Like Adam and Eve, whenever you are out of tune and harmony with God, fears and anxieties crowd into your life. When you focus your attention on the uncertainties of life, on a ever-changing, decaying world, your security and confidence are shaken. Your peace is also disturbed.

Sine has separated man from God. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way,” (Isaiah 53:6). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). Guilt, fear, remorse, irritation, resentment, selfishness, and other hostile impulses plague man wherever he goes. They bring weariness and mental exhaustion.

The love of self was at the root of the first disobedience of man. It continues to be one of the basic evil inclinations that take you down the path of despair and heartache.When you become self-centered in your wants and ambitions, you become anxious and fretful. The longer you travel the path of selfishness, the more troubled you become.

GOD-CENTERED LIVING BRINGS PEACE.

Instead of seeing yourself as the center of existence, you need to turn to God and make Him your central purpose in life. Without God as your center, you fall easy prey to petty worries, self-pity, fears and anxiety. With God in the center, every area of your life will reach out from the “hub” like spokes in a wheel and make your life complete and worth living. Only a heart that puts God first can be kept stead and peaceful.

The psalmist declares, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed, I will sing and give praise,” (Psalm 57:7). With his whole trust in God, he can rejoice in peace and quietness of mind. With our heart centered and fixed on God, we have inward peace in the midst of outward troubles. It is possible to be “troubled on every side, yet not distressed …perplexed, but not in despair,” (2 Corinthians 4:8).

JESUS CHRIST, THE AUTHOR OF PEACE.

Jesus invites all men to the most meaningful, life-changing experience. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” (Matthew 16:24). “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new,” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Will you accept his invitation, “Come unto me”? He offers light for darkness, trust for doubt, peace for strife, joy for sorrow, rest for weariness, hope for despair, and life for death.

God made man with a living soul which longs to be in fellowship with its Maker. “As the heart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God,” (Psalm 42:1,2). Only the living God will satisfy the soul. Of this you may be certain: you will never be at peace until you are at peace with God.

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Avoiding Deception. (Part 2/II)

(THE) ONE TRUE CHURCH?

In recent years the ecumenical movement has gained support among many Christian people. We are urged to lay down our differences and join with those of other faiths for the furtherance of the Gospel. With an organization of all Catholic and Protestant people, vast wealth and political power would be available to achieve the goals which would be considered desirable. It would be more convincing and drawing to the vast, non-Christian population of the world, it pointed out.

The arguments for this movement are plausible at first glance, but let us consider them carefully. First of all, what will be the requirements for membership in this super/mega church or organization? Will it be, “Ye must be born again” (Jesus’ own words in John 3:7)? Will it be faith in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus and believing on Him as the Scriptures have said? Will it be a life cleansed through the words of Christ and abiding in Him proved by keeping His commandments? (John 15:1-10). Will it be Jesus’ words, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you,” (John 15:12)?

Christian fellowship must be established on something deeper than a willingness to ignore our differences. The prophet Amos asked, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). The answer is obvious. Apostle Paul further admonishes, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (2 Corinthians 6:14,15).

Some believe the merging of churches is the answer to greater fellowship and unity. Sometimes this has taken place where there was a difference in basic doctrines. When this is true a compromise must be worked out to get along at all. Satan is the greatest compromise-r of all time, urging us to give in a little here and a little there to attain his purpose. When the Truth is lost a little at a time, it may not be very noticeable, but it is lost nevertheless.

God’s call to His people is: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17). Also, in Revelation 18:4, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues.” The course for God’s children to take is clearly outlined by the above Scriptures.

RECOGNIZING FALSE TEACHING(S).

Tracts, magazines, books, radio, and television are flooding the world with false and misleading teaching. Care must be taken to choose our reading material(s) wisely so that it will not contain teachings and concepts that are not sound. If we open our minds to study religious or cults not based on scriptural principles and standards, Satan will have a good change to mislead up and it may be very difficult to find our way back. We are warned of the danger of following false prophets or teachers, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves,” (Matthew 7:15). Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 that Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light and his ministers and deceitful workers into apostles of Christ and ministers of righteousness, but their end shall be according to their works.

PROVING OURSELVES.

How, then, can we know whether we are deceived ourselves or following one of the false teachers? There are ways for us to know. Have we been born again and become God’s child? (John 3:3). Do we find fellowship with God and His children? “But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7). Do we have a submissive spirit that is easily entreated or do we feel others should be more tolerant of us and our convictions, attitudes, weaknesses and ye, even waywardness? (Ephesians 5:21; Hebrews 13:7; 1 Peter 5:5).

Do we feel misunderstood, picked on or persecuted when others reprove us, perhaps feeling that we are getting treated as Job’s friends treated him? Do we cling to our own light, or do we accept the thought that God may also be speaking to us through others?

Are we really, honestly doing what we know is right? Are we really obeying God and His Word? If so, we will have the Witness of the Holy Ghost in our hearts (Acts 5:32). We will abide in Christ, the true vine, and bear fruit as one of the branches. We will rejoice in the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord, denying ourselves of ungodliness and worldly lusts and living “Soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:12,13).

If we allow a love for self and the world to blind our eyes to the will of God, we will develop a resistance to God’s will and grieve away the Spirit of God. Then Stan comes as an angel of light and we listen to him because it appeals to our carnal mind. Little by little we accept a broader, easier way, thinking it is God’s leading. To think we are right when we are wrong is deception.

If we keep God’s Word He is faithful to keep His. He says, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall com upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the face of the earth,” (Revelation 3:10). The almighty power of Christ prevents Satan from deceiving those who keep His Word.

There are those who will be turned to the left hand at the Judgment Bar of God who expected to be among those invited in to receive the reward of eternal life (please read Matthew 25). How terribly tragic to go through life, expecting to be saved only to be rejected by the just and righteous Judge in the day when mercy will be past. These poor, wretched souls were deceived, but at one time they surely knew that they were starting down the wrong road. Paul told the idol worshipers that God “left not himself without witness,” (Acts 14:17). No one will be able to stand up at the Final Judgment and accuse God of being unfair because they didn’t know they were being deceived. He will tell them to remember when He witnessed to them, perhaps through His Word, His Spirit, or one of His servants, warning them that they were starting down the wrong road on which Satan was finally able to deceive them.

If we have been deceived let us turn around and say like the prodigal son, “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: make me as one of thy hired servants,” (Luke 15:18,19).

When we come to Him penitently like the prodigal son did, God will forgive us and restore us as His child. Then we can rightly claim God as our Father. This loving Father will never deceive us or let us down.

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Avoiding Deception. (Part 1/I)

A certain father set his small son on the table. Walking to the other end of the table he told the little boy to come to him, promising to catch him when he got to the end. The little boy believed his daddy, so he begin/started out confidently. When he got to the end (of the table) he jumped, expecting to land in his daddy’s arms. Instead, the cold-hearted father stepped back with his arms folded together, unmindful of the pain, injury or even worse that would befall him. Deceived — and by his own father — the little lad fell to the floor. This father is like the devil, who promises good things to those who listen to him, but in the end pays the wages of death (Romans 6:23).

Many people today are in a similar situation and don’t even realize it. They confidently go along in life, not realizing how near the precipice they really are, hoping to be saved in the end. Hope is very important in the Christian’s life. Paul lists it together with faith and love. To hope that God will be merciful in the end, yet not seeking His forgiveness nor serving Him in this life, is to deceive one’s self. The Apostle Peter refers to a live hope (1 Peter 1:3-5). This hope is based on a clear evidence of forgiveness of sins and power unto victory in one’s life. This results in a real determination to faithfully serve God.

TRUE REPENTANCE AND BELIEF.

A very popular Scripture today is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,” (Acts 16:31). This is a wonderful promise of God through which He offers salvation to all men. However, the emphasis must be placed on believing as much on how and whom we believe. How do the Scriptures say we shall believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? The first stop outlined by Jesus Himself is through true repentance, “repent ye, and believe the gospel,” (Mark 1:15). John the Baptist also preached repentance as a prerequisite for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and entering into His Kingdom. He told the people, “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand… Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his path straight,” (Matthew 2:2,3). This agrees very well with the message preached by the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost, which says, “Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall received the gift of the Holy Ghost,” (Acts 2:38).

Christ taught that self-denial will come with true faith (Matthew 16:24,25). We must die to our own will and wishes in order for the will of Christ to be born in us. To die is not pleasant, but to teach a crown without a cross or a birth without travail is deceptive. This deceptive spirit teaches that salvation is effective for every sin by merely believing. On the contrary, the Bible teaches that one must repent before forgiveness is received.

What is repentance? True repentance is realizing that our sinful condition has separated us from God and seeing ourselves as sinners condemned to die. We feel sorry for our sins and as we see them and ourselves in the light of God’s Judgement of sin they become exceedingly sinful to us (Romans 7:13). We hate our sin, yet are bound by it and in faith turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. As we believe His promises and accept Him as Lord, He forgives and frees us from the law of sin and death, and we become children of God. We can then say with the Apostle Paul, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ  Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,” (Romans 8:1).

The person who really believes on the Lord Jesus Christ believes on Him not only as the Redeemer and Savior, but also as Lord. To accept Him as Lord is to willingly submit to everything He asks of us. Only as we do this can we claim to really believe on and love the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:15,21; 15:10).

ONE WAY OR MANY.

We have been told by some that it doesn’t make too much difference how we believe or worship God, or what church we belong to, because it is just like a wagon wheel with all the spokes leading to the hub. The spokes are likened to the different ways of believing and living and the hub to Heaven, our final goal. But let us examine this by the Word of God.

Jesus warned that false Christs and false prophets would arise and try to deceive even the very elect (Matthew 24:24). The Apostle Paul referred to “false brethren” already in his time. The Apostle Peter writes of false teachers who, because of their own evil desires, would teach false doctrine(s) and draw the elect away from the way of the truth, and cause them to return to the bondage of sin (2 Peter, chapter 2).

Jesus did not promise many (sheep) folds, but one: “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be once fold, and one shepherd:” (John 10:16). He did not offer to construct more folds for the “other sheep”, but to bring them to the one true fold where they could be cared for and protected from false shepherds and the cold, deceptive winds of false doctrine(s).

We don’t read that each of the Apostles believed as they pleased after Jesus’ return to Heaven or that they started separate organizations for worshiping God and preaching the Gospel. Rather, they “…continued with one accord in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14; 2:1, 42-47). Later on when differences of opinion arose among them they did not decide to go their separate ways and each believe as seemed right in his own eyes, but met in Jerusalem to consider the matter and come to a conclusion that “seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to them,” (Acts 15). This was a great consolation and greatly strengthened the various congregations or groups of believers as the decisions were brought up to them.

The Apostle Paul writes that we are as a body (not bodies) with many members functioning together (Romans 12:4). The unity of the body and of the faith is stressed in the fourth chapter of Ephesians with verse four and five  telling us that, “There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism”. In verse seventeen he warns not to walk as other Gentiles walk. Why would he express this concern if it made no difference what one believed (as long as he believed in Jesus) or how one lived or what baptism one was baptized with or what faith one lived by if all (of the) spokes led to the hub? It is true that all spokes lead to the hub in a wagon wheel, but this is not a valid illustration of the Scripture is the body with one goal, one purpose, one spirit, one Lord (head), one faith and one baptism under the one God who is above, through, and in all.

COMPLETE DOCTRINE.

Great care must be taken to be certain that one belongs to the church that “teaches the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:17). Some have been found “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Where this is the case those who are not well-grounded on the Word of God may easily be led astray and deceived.

All doctrines must be based on the Word of God and not on traditions. There are often traditions that are treasured and kept. These must always be weighed carefully to see if they agree with the spirit and intent of the Gospels. To base a doctrine on a tradition or a commandment of men which is un-scriptural has long been one of Stan’s deceptive tactics. (See Mark 7:7-9.) To teach part but not all of the truth can be equally as deceptive. Part of the Great Commission includes the injunction: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” . Upon this we can claim the promise in the remainder of the verse, “…and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world,” (Matthew 28:20).

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What God Needs…

We are living in a time when a man who truly loves God feels to cry out with David and pray, “Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men,” (Psalm 12:1). Jesus asked the question, “…When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

God needs men of faith. In nominal Christendom there are many expressions of faith. It is all too evident, however, that many do not have the faith that was once delivered to the saints, nor the faith that makes one wise unto salvation. Many today are satisfied to live with a few Christian principles.

What God needs today is men who accept the Scriptures at face value. It is too sad, but nevertheless a fact, that far too many believe and practice only part of what Jesus taught. When it comes to believing those things that belong to cross-bearing, such as denial of self and the things that belong to the world, there are but few who willingly follow Christ, our Lord, all the way. If the man is unwilling to take this cross upon himself, Jesus said, “He is not worthy of me”. Such unwillingness is a sign that he is ashamed of Christ (Matthew 10:34; Mark 8:34). Those who are unwilling to go all the way with Jesus have only a partial faith, for which they do not have the promise of salvation.

God needs men today who are obedient. Where a living faith is established in the heart, there is always a firm resolve to be obedient unto the Lord. Faith and obedience are inseparable. God does not entrust a strong faith to men who are disobedient to His will. The accomplishments of the patriarchs as recorded in Bible history are a result of their determination to obey God regardless of the cost. The martyrs also loved the Lord and the souls of men above all else. They had an unwavering faith for which they were willing to die. God can still do wonders with men of faith who have the firm purpose and are not afraid to make it known. God needs men who are willing to live what they believe. When Jesus commissioned His disciples to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel, He told them to teach the people to observe all things that He had commanded them (Matthew 28:20).

God needs men with a positive faith to proclaim a positive Gospel today by teaching and observing (the) “all things”, as Jesus commanded. Only when believers say no to the things that the Bible calls sin does their position become positive. Such believers then are worthy to make known this wonderful salvation. Since much of the preaching today is adulterated, it has made many hearers only partial believers. Because of the lack of faithful teaching today, many may be found weighed in the balances and found wanting on (their) Judgment Day. How good it would be if such souls would come to Jesus and ask, “What lack I yet?” and become willing to make a complete surrender.

All ministers of the Gospel should know that someday they will be called into account for the things (that) they have taught or have not taught. Those who undertake to preach the Gospel need to realize that they have a just God to face. It is one thing to preach the Gospel and another thing to appear before God and give an answer for it. Only those who are truly faithful will be free before Him.

God needs men of vision today, who with anointed eyes can see the fearful punishment awaiting those who disobey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that there will be those who are ever-learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Jesus says in His prayer, “Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes,” (Matthew 11:25).

The Apostle Paul make it plain that unless man has been transformed by the renewing of the mind and is not conformed to this world, he cannot prove the will of God. In an age when the voices of confusion are heard so freely, God needs men who have a steadfast faith to declare the truth with a “thus saith the Lord”. They need to speak the Word with authority, making known the truth as it stands before God, saying: “This is the way; walk ye in it”.

God needs men today who will witness for the truth at the expense of not being liked or loved for it, men who are unafraid to warn against the prevailing sins of this generation. There was a time when even many unbelievers lived with higher principles and standards than many do today who bear the title “Christian”. John taught us, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abitdeth for ever,” (1 John 2:15-17). It cannot be denied that this lust, of which John spoke, is rampant in the world.

So many women of today “dress up” with painted nails, lips and faces, cut hair, styled hair, spike/high-heeled shoes, rings, earrings, bracelets and other kinds of jewelry. They wear jeans, slacks, shorts, and other immodest apparel against which the Word of God teaches. If, and whenever, men follow in like manner, they are just as guilty before God as are the women.

Then there are the fruits of the flesh: carnality, drinking, smoking, carousing around, etc. Are not these things motivated by the lust(s) of the eye(s) and the lust(s) of the flesh? And are they not prompted by pride? Let all who think that all this outward adornment of te body does not matter read the third chapter of Isaiah. Here the prophet foretells the dreadful punishment coming upon the daughters of Zion for such manifestations of pride. Are (the) men and women (of) today (any) better? If each disobedience and transgression receives a just recompense of reward, then how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? (Hebrews 2:1-3). We will be held even more accountable.

Even though Scripture clearly teaches against the outward adorning, one hears professing Christians say there is no harm in outward things if the heart is right. Those who say this have a lack of (a) fear of God or are ignorant of the Word of God. Who can say that these things don’t matter when the Word of God says (that) they do? Jesus said His Word would judge us in the last day and all that are not in harmony with God’s Word shall be judged and condemned. The Lord, through the prophet Jeremiah, warned that the children of Israel not to learn the ways of the heathen (Jeremiah 10:2). And in Leviticus 20:23, we read, “Ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation… I abhorred them”.

Consider just now the many unnecessary things that have come into the homes which can be nothing less than the lust that is in the world. One of the very worst evils that has come into many nominal Christian homes is television. It often comes under the disguise of good, but it is all too evident that the evil (far) outweighs the good. The Bible tells us to abstain even from the appearance of evil. That which used to be confined to the inside walls of the theater(s) has come into the home(s). It is no wonder that unbelievers are satisfied with themselves when they look at those who claim to be Christians. Such inconsistent (so-called) Christians of today have much reason to confess their wrongdoing to God and man and remove the stumbling block that they have laid in the unbeliever’s pathway. Yes, God needs men of unwavering faith who are ready to bring out into the open the sins of the unbelievers, and also the sins of those who profess to believe. The Bible asks the question, “If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Peter 4:18).

The only way to Heaven is still the straight and narrow way. God desires that all Christians would endure hardness as good soldiers of the cross and strike sin at its roots, so that transgressors might feed easy and call on the Lord for forgiveness. A lack of concern and a coolness of spirit are like the “little foxes that destroy the vineyard”. They cause us to be unable to prove what the Spirit of God is wanting to say to us. The grace of God teaches us to deny worldly lusts and to live soberly in the present world.

We are living in the time when many are saying, “Lo here, and lo there is Christ”. There is but one Christ to follow. There is a a great need that people read their Bibles to find out if they are out on some side road which does not lead them to Jesus, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Bible says (that) the Holy Spirit shall guide and direct us into all truth. The (very) same Spirit always corresponds with the Word. Because of varied interpretations and applications of the Scriptures, there is much confusion in the world today and deception is widespread. Jesus forewarned in Matthew 24:5, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I Am Christ; and shall deceived many”. Seeking souls have reason(s) to ask, “What shall I do, whom shall I believe, and where are the people of God?

God has a covenant people with a biblical faith. They are holding the candlestick, showing the way to all who desire of know the truth and are willing to live (in) it. Individuals with an experience of salvation with God, Who has found the body of believers, the Church, can say with Job of old, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee,” (Job 42:5). They also know what Ruth means when she said, “Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God,” (Ruth 1:16). The God of Job, of Ruth and of other men and women of faith still lives. He will lead those who desire to know the truth into ways that lead to life eternal.

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Just A Little Drink: Why Not?

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How Readest Thou?! (Poem)

It is one thing to read the Bible through,

It’s another thing to read to learn and do.

Some read it as their duty once a week,

But no instructions from the Bible (do they) seek.

Some read to bring themselves into repute

By showing others how often they can dispute.

While others read because their neighbors do

To see how long ’twill take to read it through.

Some read it for the wonders that are there,

How David killed a lion and a bear.

While others read it with uncommon care,

Hoping to find some contradictions there.

One reads with father’s specs upon his head,

And sees the thing just as his father said.

Some read to prove a pre-adopted creed,

Hence understand but little that they read.

For every passage in the book they bend,

To make it suit that all-important end.

Some people read as I have often thought,

To teach the Bible instead of being taught.

And some there are who read it out of spite,

I fear there are but few who read it right.

So many people in these latter days

Have read the Bible in so many ways;

That few can tell which system is the best,

For every party contradicts the rest.

But read it prayerfully and you will see,

Although men contradict, God’s Word(s) agree;

For what the early Bible prophets wrote,

We find that Christ and His apostles quote.

So trust no one creed that trembles to recall

What has been penned by one and verified by all.

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“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life…” -John 5:39

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” -2 Timothy 3:16,17

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” -Psalm 119:103

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feed, and a light unto my path.” -Psalm 119:105

“Oh, how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” -Psalm 119:97

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” -Psalm 119:165

“…Thy word is truth”John 17:17

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” -Colossians 3:16

“And he said unto them, Go ye into tall the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” -Mark 16:15

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