Without Everything

“Words cannot set forth the preciousness of the Lord Jesus to his people. Dear reader, what wouldst thou do in the world without him, in the midst of its temptations and its cares? What wouldst thou do in the morning without him, when thou wakest up and lookest forward to the day’s battle? What wouldst thou do at night, when thou comest home jaded and weary, if there were no door of fellowship between thee and Christ? Blessed be his name, he will not suffer us to try our lot without him, for Jesus never forsakes his own. Yet, let the thought of what, life would be without him, enhance his preciousness.” – Charles
Spurgeon

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6,7

No relationship with Jesus is to be without His care, without his care comes no security; no peace of mind is a mind full of doubt, the un belief of a God who truly loves them; To have hope is everything that this world cannot offer. To not have Christ in your life, is a life that is lost and that has no identity of who you are, Jesus is the key. None other will do. Do you have everything?

~ Be Ready, Stay Focused, & Never Look Back ~

Go with me

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12 Moses said to the LORD, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’
13 Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”
14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.
16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”
17 And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”
18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” – Exodus 33:12-18

“Moses speaks as one who dreaded the thought of going forward without the Lord’s presence. God’s gracious promises, and mercy towards us, should not only encourage our faith, but also excite our fervency in prayer.” – PocketSword Commentary

“Moses makes it clear that without God, he cannot do anything without His presence. As an infant depends on parent(s) for the need of nourishment and guidance.
Us too need to recognize the power of God and know how vital it is in our everyday life for Him to take charge; guide, protect, correct & grow in Him.” God has sent us a helper who is the Holy Spirit which in all ways is capable of bringing us closer to His promises by obeying His Word, and by taking that next step to a closer relationship with the One true King.

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that
you have not known.” – Jeremiah 33:3

~ Be Ready, Stay Focused & Never Look Back ~

The Ever Enduring Cross

You have not the making of your own cross, your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, and you are cheerfully to accept it. This day Jesus bids you submit your shoulder to His easy yoke. Jesus was a cross-bearer; He leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you could not desire a better guide! And if He carries a cross, what nobler burden would you desire? The Via Cruets is the way of safety; fear not to tread its thorny paths. It is a wooden cross, and a man can carry it, for the Man of Sorrows tried the load. Take up your cross, and by the power of the Spirit of God you will soon love it.
– Charles Spurgeon

“If were not for the persecution that we endure; (2 Cor 4:8,9 – We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed) how then could we sing a song of praise of thanksgiving or pray for strength and well being. If it were not for the heavy cross we would be lost, let it be then the anthem of a love sick bride who awaits for the groom. “

Weeping for Jerusalem

Luke 19:41-44

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,
saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side
and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Who can behold the holy Jesus, looking forward to the miseries that awaited his murderers, weeping over the city where his precious blood was about to be shed, without seeing that the likeness of God in the believer, consists much in good-will and compassion? Surely those cannot be right who take up any doctrines of truth, so as to be hardened towards their fellow-sinners. But let every one remember, that though Jesus wept over Jerusalem, he executed awful vengeance upon it. Though he delights not in the death of a sinner, yet he will surely bring to pass his awful threatenings on those who neglect his salvation. The Son of God did not weep vain and causeless tears, nor for a light matter, nor for himself. He knows the value of souls, the weight of guilt, and how low it will press and sink mankind. May he then come and cleanse our hearts by his Spirit, from all that defiles. May sinners, on every side, become attentive to the words of truth and salvation. – Charles Spurgeon

Arms of Security

“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power,” but the greatness of His power brings us mercy. Dear reader, what is your state this day? Can you by humble faith look to Jesus and say, “My substitute, Thou art my rock, my trust”? Then, beloved, be not afraid of God’s power; for now that you are forgiven and accepted, now that by faith you have fled to Christ for refuge, the power of God need no more terrify you, than the shield and sword of the warrior need terrify those whom he loves. Rather rejoice that He who is “great in power” is your Father and Friend.” – Charles Spurgeon

If all you have is God, then you have everything you need.

A Call to Holiness

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:13-19

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind” -meaning to prepare for work or action.

Everyday is another opportunity to give, share, and live out the Salvation that we have in Christ, Peter said it best in Acts 3:6 ” …Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you…” while the world is looking for worldly possessions to cure their problems, there is a promise that was made to each individual if they call out to Jesus (Romans 10:9) and carry their cross (Luke 14:27) they will be saved, not a doubt or maybe but will be saved from the damnation of the second death, which is Hell. To strive toward the prize ( “I press on toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14) may we set our focus on Him & Him alone in all that we do to please Him and not man.

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“…be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”)

As the traveller, the racer, the warrior for Christ, we must be watchful against all spiritual dangers. ” be sober-minded; be watchful. The devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

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“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation.

“…As obedient children’s not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.”

Why visit the same place that which you were called out of the instant you called on Christ when He delivered you out of the snare that was set before you? ” like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.” – Proverbs 26:11 ” … No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62. The past is the past, it no longer speaks because the blood speaks and says “its dead!” As God has given us a free will in life just as Eve took the bite of the apple, which determined their fate when Adam chose to give in as well, wanting to know the knowledge of God; the enemy who has many disguises slithered into the garden and spoke a lie. we too can determine our fate for what we indulge in that is not of God; everyday is a choice.

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“… But as he which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all matter of conversation. Because it is written, be holy: for I am holy.

The incarnate God, who stepped down from His holy habitation to dwell with mankind, to live a sinless life so that He could be offered up as a sacrifice; a spotless lamb without blemish or wrinkle so that we may have life and life abundantly. Holiness is the desire and duty of every Christian. Without holiness there is no purity and where no purity there lyes a vessel that is corrupted in which cannot be used of God.

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“…And if you call on the father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every mans work, pass the time sojourning here in fear “

Since Salvation is not through good works of man, only by grace, through faith in Jesus, most religious organizations are working themselves to death. The Mormon’s who have followed one man’s lie of salvation attained through works ” beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” – Matt. 7:15. salvation is both obtained and maintained by grace (sanctification). Not LAW! We are free from the law. We are to please God, not man. The conversation between Jesus and the rich young ruler in Mt 19:16-26 should forevermore settle the question of salvation by works. The young ruler asked Jesus, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Jesus explained that salvation being awarded for our personal goodness would entail loving others to the same degree as we love ourselves. Can anyone truly claim to have met this condition? In the case of the rich man, satisfaction of the condition required that he sell all he had and give it to the poor. Even the disciples of Jesus found themselves under conviction after hearing of this rigorous standard of goodness, and they responded by asking, Who then can be saved? The Lord’s response unequivocally settles the issue of salvation by works for all eternity: With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. The works system is a self destructive means of salvation when applied to depraved man.

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“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

“…Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…”

Redeemed is derived from lutron (which is derived from luo = to loosen that which is bound, especially freeing those in prison). The noun lutron is the ransom price paid for loosing captives from their bonds and setting them at liberty. The verb lutroo refers to the releasing of someone held captive (e.g., a prisoner or a slave) on receipt of the ransom payment.

Before redemption we were held captive by Satan to do his will and were enslaved to our old sin nature inherited from Adam. In Christ we have been ransomed by His blood (1Cor 6:20; Rev 5:9), are no longer under the curse of the law (Gal 3:13; 4:5) and have been released from the bondage of sin into the freedom of grace!

No bull, no goat, nothing other than the blood of Jesus could have set the sinner free. not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His blood,

“He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (He 9:12)

Our first father Adam bestowed upon us the inheritance of a sin nature (see note Romans 5:12) that seeks to gratify self and which leads to an empty, worthless, futile life that is in turn is passed down to the next generation along with teaching, example, and environment. Every beautiful baby is tragically, indubitably born in sin, coming into being with a totally depraved nature and if the parents are unsaved, comes into a home where evil customs and practices are observed. What the child inherits, Peter calls a futile manner of life. From this futile manner of life the recipients of this letter were delivered.

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“…as silver and gold…”

Nor Silver Nor Gold
by James Gray

Nor silver nor gold hath obtained my redemption, Nor riches of earth could have saved my poor soul; The blood of the cross is my only foundation, The death of my Savior now mak::eth me whole.

Refrain I am redeemed, but not with silver, I am bought, but not with gold; Bought with a price, the blood of Jesus, Precious price of love untold.

Nor silver nor gold hath obtained my redemption, The guilt on my conscience too heavy had grown; The blood of the cross is my only foundation, The death of my Savior could only atone.

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“…from your vain conversation, received (inherited) by tradition of your forefathers…”

Our first father Adam bestowed upon us the inheritance of a sin nature (Romans 5:12) that seeks to gratify self and which leads to an empty, worthless, futile life that is in turn is passed down to the next generation along with teaching, example, and environment. Every beautiful baby is tragically, indubitably born in sin, coming into being with a totally depraved nature and if the parents are unsaved, comes into a home where evil customs and practices are observed. What the child inherits, Peter calls a futile manner of life. From this futile manner of life the recipients of this letter were delivered.

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“…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish or with spot.”

Have you accepted the call of holiness? A desire to live like Christ. It is the work of God that makes us holy, have you accepted the call?
~ Be Ready, Stay Focused & Never Look Back ~

Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.

From speaking out as the Puritans did, the church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) That is clear enough So it would have been if He had added, “and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel.” No such words, however, are to be found. It did not seem to occur to him.

Then again, “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers … for the work of the ministry” (Eph. 4:11-12). Where do entertainers come in? The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them. Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people or because they refused? The concert has no martyr roll.

Again, providing amusement is in direct antagonism to the teaching and life of Christ and all his apostles. What was the attitude of the church to the world? Ye are the salt” (Matt. 5:13), not the sugar candy—something the world will spit out not swallow. He was in awful earnestness.

Had Christ introduced more of the bright and pleasant elements into his mission, he would have been more popular when they went back, because of the searching nature of His teaching. I do not hear him say, “Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style of service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching. We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it. Be quick Peter, we must get the people somehow.” Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them.

In vain will the Epistles be searched to find any trace of this gospel of amusement! Their message is, “Come out, keep out…!” Anything approaching fooling is conspicuous by its absence. They had boundless confidence in the gospel and employed no other weapon.

After Peter and John were locked up for preaching, the church had a prayer meeting but they did not pray, “Lord grant unto thy servants that by a wise and discriminating use of innocent recreation we may show these people how happy we are.”

If they ceased not from preaching Christ, they had not time for arranging entertainments. Scattered by persecution, they went everywhere preaching the gospel. They turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). That is the only difference! Lord, clear the church of all the rot and rubbish the devil has imposed on her, and bring us back to the Bible.

Lastly, the mission of amusement fails to effect the end desired. It works havoc among young converts. Let the careless and scoffers, who thank God because the church met them halfway, speak and testify. Let the heavy laden who found peace through the concert not keep silent! Let the drunkard to whom the dramatic entertainment has been God’s link in the chain of the conversion, stand up! There are none to answer. The mission of amusement produces no converts. The need of the hour for today’s ministry is believing scholarship joined with earnest spirituality, the one springing from the other as fruit from the root. The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire. – Charles Spurgeon