Tonight, most likely, the wine and liquor will flow like water. For many, the sacred vows of marriage will be desecrated. It is likely that many illegitimate babies will be conceived, only to be aborted later, because they are really the unwanted accidents of a night of pleasure and sinful passion. The highway will be crowded with drunks, carelessly taking the lives of many innocent victims. Satan will have his heyday, for this is new years eve, the beginning of another year of ungodliness and selfishness for those who know not God, nor do not care to know him. These are the lovers of pleasure. They love pleasure more than they love God, choosing rather to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
How sad it is to look upon the faces of these pleasure seeking revelers on the morning after, when the fun is over! The so called friends have departed, and the filth and confetti in the streets must be cleaned up. Depression in soul and spirit begins to overcome the heart and soul of sinners when they come to the realization that there is only pleasure in sin for a season, but in the end, only sadness and destroyed lives.
Yet, more sad is the fact that many so called Christians will be among this flock of revelers, with their horns, and bottles, and banners, and noisemakers, not being distinguishable as Christians from the rest of the ungodly, worldly crowd, forgetting their covenant with God who has sacrificed his son to save them.
What better thing could there be for the Christian, the redeemed child of God by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, than to begin the new year in fellowship with God's people, in a place of worship, around the lord's table, remembering the precious blood and sacrifice that was made for them?
As Joshua of old has said: “I know not what course others may take, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” To begin the new year we will be thanking God for the past year's blessing and provision for us, and looking forward to another year, if God wills, to remain in fellowship and communion with him, and be faithful in his service.
This kind of new year's celebration far surpasses anything that the ungodly world has to offer with its' noise and tumult, rebellion, and noisemakers. God says: “Be still and know that I am God.” Begin the new year with respect for God and his word. Be thankful for your salvation. Be ready and willing to serve him where ever he sends and whatever he asks.
How about it, brother and sister in Christ, what are you doing tonight? I would like to hear your comments.
Thus ends our year of “Morning Thoughts And Meditations”
May the Lord be with you during the coming year, and may you abound with blessings!
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“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor siteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he mediate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the river of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1: 1,2,3.
If we truly covert God's blessing on our lives for the coming year, we ought not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. If we would have God's blessing on our lives we must delight ourselves in the law of the Lord and meditate therein day and night.
Our new year's resolution ought to be – beginning new and fresh today to humble ourselves before God our creator and redeemer, accept the cleansing of his blood for forgiveness of our sins, and go forth to let him live his life through us for his glory and honor. Seek and accept his grace and wisdom so that we are able to know the difference between godliness and ungodliness. Study to know the difference between God's ways and man's ways. Shun man's ways, and the world's ways of thinking and doing things, and go God's way. Accept as the only absolute truth the word of God, both the written word and the living Word, and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
When we delight in the law of God, and meditate in his laws day and night we agree with God in what he says and does through his word. It means that we allow the light of God's truth to shine on us and reveal to us our own short comings, and reveal to us God's glory, judge ourselves accordingly and correct the things that we can correct and improve, but leave to God's grace and mercy the things that only God can change.
Our desire for the coming new year ought to be that we have our roots so deep in God that no storm of life can tear us from our foundation. Our desire ought to be that our roots are connected to the source of an infinite supply of wisdom, understanding, and peace, and love, and life. If this is so there will be no question of our lifestyle, our eternity, or our prosperity. Our leaf shall prosper, and we will bring forth fruit. We will grow a little taller spiritually. We will be closer to God, and closer to home at the end of this new year if God chooses to preserve us on planet earth for another year.
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I would rather be wretchedly poor in the eyes of the world and have Jesus than to be extremely wealthy in the material wealth of the world and not to know him. For to know him, and know him aright, is life abundant and everlasting.
As the world awakened this Christmas season, some will have awakened with great rejoicing in the knowledge and assurance that the promised Messiah and redeemer has been born, and lives in their hearts, and lives on high, and cares for his own. Some have vaguely heard of him, but have never seriously considered why he came to earth as the babe in the manger. Some have been offered the greatest gift of all time, but as far as they are concerned, that gift remains unopened and not received by them, and they are not enjoying the great blessing that was meant for them. Some are so extremely rich in this world's goods that they have need of nothing, so they think, and the material gifts they receive are meaningless to them, and the only joy they know is in the things they can squander on themselves and satisfy the lusts of the flesh. Tomorrow they will have little or nothing In which to rejoice.
The beggar on the street, if he has Christ in his heart, is richer by far than the most wealthy king or prince who has no remedy for his sin and guilt, and consequently, no hope of eternity other than to be confined forever to the bottomless pit and torment of hell.
There is not enough gold or silver or precious stones or jewelry in the whole universe that could pay the cost of one drop of blood that Christ shed for the lost sinner.
I awoke on Christmas morning with one thought on my mind, and that is: thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift of love. I opened that gift first, and though I am desperately poor by the world's standard, yet I am wealthy because the precious, priceless blood of the Lord Jesus Christ was shed for me, and I have received an inheritance in my Father's house that could not be equaled or compared to anything that the world has to offer.
Yes! I count them as filthy rags in comparison to the unspeakable riches of Christ. What are you teaching your children? Christ, while on earth had no place to lay his head. Are you willing to follow and serve him this Christmas season?
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The message of Christmas is peace on earth, good will toward men . Up until the time that Christ was born, the world was in a state of profound darkness and enmity against God. Because of unbelief and sin, mankind had been expelled from the presence of God, when in Adam and Eve, they were driven from the paradise of Eden. From that time forward to the time of Christ, men knew God only as the higher power, the I am that I am, the tyrant God of the universe whom they thought poured out his wrath upon all those who could not measure up to his demands for holiness. Consequently, mankind was afraid and at war with God Because men and women, boys and girls, were estranged from God, they became enemies one with another. Cain slew his brother Abel because Abel 's sacrificial offering was accepted by God and his was not. Men began to murder, steal, lie, and commit adultery, and commit all manner of atrocities against one another until the world was so filled with such gross darkness that even when the light of the world was turned on at the appearance of Christ at his first advent, It was necessary for God to send a messenger in the person of John the Baptist to proclaim that the light had been turned on.
Men have been at war with one another from the beginning of time – man against man, brother against brother, nation against nation, because all men have been at war with God.
The world has cried out for peace on earth, but there can be no peace on earth among men until men and nations are at peace with God. “There is no peace, saith trhe Lord unto the wicked.” Isaiah 48: 22. “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace saith my God to the wicked.” Isaiah 57: 20, 21. “ We looked for peace, but no good came, and for a time of health and beheld trouble.” Jeremiah 8: 15.
Men have longed and sought for peace on earth, even as they were waging war against God. But peace on earth will never be a reality until each individual is at peace with God.
This is what Christmas is all about. God in his mercy took the initiative to make peace between himself and mankind. The message of peace on earth goodwill toward men, was that God in his mercy was willing to take the first step and offer conditions of peace between himself and individual sinners. God the Father offered to pour out all his wrath for the sins of mankind on an individual basis, on his only begotten son. If each individual would receive it as God's unspeakable gift of mercy. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16
Jesus, who is known as the prince of peace, came to earth to make peace between God and individuals, so that individuals, no longer at war with God because their sins are forgiven, and consciences cleansed, could have peace with God and one with another, man with man, and nation with nation.
How about you, my friend, have you accepted God's condition for peace with him? Are you, by your reclaimed relationship to God contributing to peace on earth, or are you still making war with God and man?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace.” Isaiah 9: 6. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night, and lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not: for behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.” Luke 2: 8-14. That is-God's good will toward men that they might be reconciled to him.
The only real peace there can be on earth is when mankind has turned to Christ for salvation and made him King of kings, and Lord of lords in their individual heart.
Some day when the Lord returns to earth, there will be genuine peace on earth, for in that day - “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11: 4-9.
We pray that all who read these lines will find peace with God, and have the peace of God abiding in your heart. We hope you all had a very joyous Christmas, and looking forward to that great day when Christ shall reign on earth.
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My Father, and my God, as you have fed me in the past, so feed me today that I might be strong in thee, and that I might grow to be like thine only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ. You have offered me the bread of life, help me not to neglect to eat it. You have said: “come and dine.” Lord let me sit at thy table forever and enjoy the fatness of thy house.
Thy table is spread with love; with truth; with mercy and grace. The blood which was shed for me is in the cup, and I am invited to drink thereof. The bread was broken on the cross, and Satan's head was crushed unto death, and this bread is set before me to sustain me forever.
Who are they that sit at thy table? They may sit at thy table who will believe that God IS, and is a rewarder of all that seek him; those who know that God is spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and in rtruth- those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the divine son of God who came into the world to offer his life a ransom for many who were lost. They will sit at thy table who will confess and agree with God that they are lost sinners and need a savior, and by faith receive Christ as their savior, believing and confessing that Christ died for their sins, and that he was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures. This is the gospel, and all who will believe it and confess it are those who will sit at thy table.
“Blessed is the man whom thou has chosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts; we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” Psalm 65:4.
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Your Invitation To Attend The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb Of God!
You are cordially invited to attend the banquet of the King and Master of the universe, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, to be held in heaven at a time and date known only to God the Father. This banquet known as the marriage supper of the lamb will take place at such time as there will be much suffering and tribulation on planet earth, but those who have responded and accepted the King's invitation to come and dine will b e transported away from planet earth, being escorted by the King himself, just prior to the beginning of earth's troubles.
There will be a time of great rejoicing and feasting, and reunion with loved ones, and best of all, you will be eligible to enjoy the splendor and beauty of God's paradise forever where there is perfect peace and justice – where there is no sickness, no death, no parting.
You must respond quickly, ASAP, to insure your reservation because time is short and limited. Today is the accepted time. Tomorrow may be too late. If any man , woman, boy or girl, will hear his voice and accept the invitation there will be a place reserved for them at the Lord's table.
This invitation is extended to all races, all clans, all creeds, and all religions, however, this invitation is not extended to good, self righteous, perfect people, who are trusting in their riches, or good deeds, or accomplishments, unless they are willing to acknowledge that they are sinners, imperfect before God, and need a Savior. Such a person will come o God, believing that God IS , and believing the bible to be the word of God, and he will confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior, and the perfect sacrifice offered unto God for the forgiveness of sins.
It is required that you wear a wedding garment when you enter the banquet hall, but this garment which is the righteousness of Christ, is fitted for you and provided for you when you accept by faith his invitation to be saved, and born again as a child of God, and are looking forward to attending this great feast of the Lord.
The cost of the banquet is extremely high and beyond the means of every mortal being, but it has been paid for in full by the King himself, the Lord Jesus Christ with his own blood.
You can confirm your reservation today to attend the marriage supper of the Lamb, and to occupy an eternal mansion in our Father' house by bowing before the Lord and confess that you are undone in yourself, that you are a sinner and need to be saved, and ask him to enter your heart and save you. If you will do this today, your reservation will be guaranteed and confirmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.
I look forward to meeting with you in that celestial city, and together with our Lord walking the streets of gold, passing through the gates of pearl, and gazing at the walls of jasper. Until that day arrives, I wish you the best of joy and peace, and abundant living here on earth until our Lord returns to carry us away to begin the festivities at his banqueting table on high.
“Take heed brethren lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today: lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3: 12, 13.
Unbelief is evil. It is not of God. When we believe not the word of God it is equivalent to departing from the living God. God has said, “lo I am with you always. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” If we refuse this promise, it is the same as turning our back on God.
We need to encourage one another daily to believe God. It is so easy, when we are alone in the world to be deceived by Satan to believe his lies rather than the truth of God. Therefore, we need to exhort one another daily lest we be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. If we would only learn to believe and trust God in reality and not just in theory, we would truly experience the peace of God which passes all human understanding.
We are made to be partakers of Christ. God wants us to be overwhelmed with peace and joy, but we deprive ourselves, and cheat ourselves when we refuse to believe. To enter inter the rest of God for everything from salvation, to our daily needs, is a tranquil harbor in which to winter; but most of us are tossed to and fro on the stormy seas of life because we do not enter into his rest because of unbelief.
“Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, as I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest; although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” Hebrews 4: 1,2,3.
Rest in the Lord. Trust the everlasting arms of God to hold you up, for underneath are the everlasting arms. Believe the word of God, first of all for your salvation, then for all the other things that are needful and desirable. As God has promised to give us freely all things that we have need of: grace for living; grace for dying; food for the body, as well as food for the soul. He gave us a house (Our body) to live in here on earth, and a mansion in which to dwell in heaven. He came to earth that we might enjoy a more abundant life here on earth, and eternal everlasting life in the world to come.
Will not he who first of all gave us his only begotten son to die for us, give us through him all things that are good and wonderful? We have all these precious promises of God given to us, but unless we mix these words with faith to believe, they profit us nothing. Be a believer. Believe not every doctrine that comes along, but believe the word of God, for the word of God has been tried and tested throughout the ages. It has been tried in the fire of controversy and has come forth as pure gold. By mixing the word of God with faith, the word becomes profitable to us, and by faith and believing we enter into God's eternal life and enjoy the wonderful bliss that no other creature can know - that of complete confidence and rest in the knowledge of the love of God for us.
At the very beginning of our Lord's ministry on earth, John the Baptist pointed to him, and cried out,
“Behold the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1: 29
Now the time had arrived when the Lamb of God would be brought to the altar of sacrifice and be offered up for us all. As the blood of the passover lamb had to be sprinkled on the door post and lintel of the houses of the children of Israel to insure their safety when the angel of death passed over the land of Egypt, so now, the blood of the Lamb of God must be spilled and applied to the hearts of men and women, boys and girls, to insure their salvation, and to save us from the penalty of sin and the wrath of God.
There is no escape from the wrath and judgment of God unless God sees the blood of his perfect lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ received by the sinner as a free gift of his grace and applied by faith to our hearts.
As the spotless, innocent lamb of the passover was brought to the altar, a knife was plunged into its throat, and the blood poured out and caught in a basin and sprinkled on the doorpost of the houses of the children of Israel. So now, the innocent spotless Lamb of God is being led to the altar to once and forever offer up the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53.6.
What a terrible night of agony and depression and sorrow in spirit that our Lord had just gone through in the garden of Gethsemane. The pressure that he was beginning to experience because of the sins of all people that were being laid on him, and the agony of the thought that he would be separated from his heavenly Father caused him such anguish that he already had begun to shed his blood even before he was offered up on the altar of the cross.
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was, as it were, great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22: 44
He even cried out to God that if it were possible that God would remove this cup of suffering from him: “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will but thine be done.” Luke 22: 42. He knew that he was the appointed Lamb of God, and for this purpose he had come into the world, so he willingly submitted himself to the will and purpose of God.
They came after him with staves and swords lanterns and torches, and led him away to Caiaphas, the high priest.”He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” Isaiah 53.7. “When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: and when thay had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.” Matthew 27: 1, 2. “And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him saying, art thou the king of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priests and eldlers, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word: insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.” Matthew 27: 11-14. What did Isaiah prophesy? “As a lamb before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
Pilate could find no fault with Jesus. He wanted to release him. It was the custom during the passover to release one of the prisoners, so Pilate thought that this would be a good opportunity to get Jesus released. There was another prisoner who was being held who was notorious. He was a rebel and murderer, and really deserved to be in prison. Pilate offered the people a choice, thinking they would want Jesus to be released. Instead they cried out for Barabbas. “Pilate saith unto them, what shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, let him be crucified.” Matthew 27: 22
From the very beginning of creation, even way back In the garden of Eden, people have had to make choices. God ordained it that way because he did not create robots, but made man in his own image and desired that they would have free choice in making decisions as to whether they would believe and obey him, and choose good rather evil.
Here the people had a choice between the lovely; the pure; the kind; the compassionate; the true; the beautiful; the peaceful; all the goodness and blessing of God, and they choose the ugly, dirty, mean, sinful, lying, murderous, thieving Barabbas. If you had been in that crowd that day, what would your choice have been? The majority of the people in the world today still hate and reject Jesus. They love the things of this world, the hateful, ugly, murderous, thieving Barabbas type of things. Where do you stand? Do you stand with Jesus or Barabbas?
Suppose you had to make some choices today, for example: you see one of your Christian friends at school witnessing and speaking for the Lord, and there are ten of your other friends standing around laughing and mocking at him, whose side will you choose to be on, the one person who is witnessing for the Lord or the ten who are laughing?
Suppose all of your friends get together and told you that if you didn't go along with them and smoke, or drink alcoholic beverages, and try some dope, that they would no longer be your friends, and you know that as a Christian, your body is the temple of God and you are to keep it pure, and undefiled, and dedicated to God's service, What would you choice be, Jesus or Barabbas? If you had your choice what would it be? Would you rather play a silly game or do something that made you think about God?
Would you rather watch television or read God's word, or a good book that would improve your mind and make you more useful to God? Would you rather go to a ball game or to a movie, or some sporting event, or would you rather go to church or Sunday School and worship God? Would you rather be with separated Christians, or would you rather be with the rebellious crowd? These are just some of the choices we all must make daily. Will it be Jesus for you or Barabbas? The world says – give us Barabbas. Whose side are you on?
“He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53: 3. Is he despised and rejected by you today, or is he your Lord as well as your Savior?
So they delivered Jesus to be crucified, they stripped him of his clothes and put on him a scarlet robe to mock him. The robe was a symbol of royalty that a king would wear. They were mocking him because he said he was king. They put a crown of thorns on his head. They spit upon him. They scourged him. They beat him. They hit him on the head. They led him away to a place called Golgotha to crucify him. They made him carry his cross on his already badly torn back. They nailed his hands and his feet to the cross – they crucified him, and they parted his garments among them. They sat down and watched him hang there on the cross. They wrote an accusation and put it above his head. It said: “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” In this they told the truth. There were two thieves crucified with him, one on his left and one on the right. One of the thieves cursed at him but the other thief recognized him as the Savior, and asked to be saved. Jesus told him that today he would be with him in paradise.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53: 4-5.
“About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, Lama, Sabac thani? That is to say, my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27: 46. “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Ghost and behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent: and the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city and appeared unto many.” Matthew 27: 50-53.
In the temple there was a veil or a curtain which separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies where God dwelt. No one was ever allowed into the Holy of Holies in the presence of God except the high priest who went in once a year to offer up sacrifices for the people. Now, the perfect Lamb of God's blood had been shed. Now this veil, or curtain was torn or opened from top to bottom, signifying that Jesus' sacrifice had been accepted as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people for all time. That he is now our great high priest, and now all of us who trust in his sacrifice have the privilege of coming directly into God's presence with our worship and prayers when we come in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief, when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong: because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53 9-12. Yes! Alot of blood flowed that day down Calvary's mountain – divine blood, the blood of the Holy God himself.
Like that night back in Egypt when the children of Isarel were behind closed and locked doors, outside was terror and screaming and weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth because the death angel was passing over the land to destroy all those who did not have the blood of the sacrificial lamb on their doorposts. Can't you imagine a child asking his father, “Oh daddy, I'm afraid, will we all be killed? The father back in Egypt explained to his child that those who have the blood of the lamb on the doorpost will be saved.
Then the child looks up into his father's face and says,- “Oh daddy, are you sure we are safe? Are you sure that the blood of the Lamb is on the doorpost of our house? Oh, daddy go take a look just to make sure. To satisfy his child's fears and nagging, he opens the door and looks and to his surprise, there is no blood on his doorpost. He had neglected or forgotten to apply the blood to his doorpost, and he and his whole family were in danger. He hastened to find a lamb, kill it and put its' blood on his doorpost before the death angel went past his house. He knew about the blood, but just knowing about it was not enough to keep himself and his family safe. He had to apply it.
Men and women, boys and girls, readers of these lines, are you sure today that all of your sins have been washed away by the blood of the perfect Lamb of God that flowed down Calvary's mountain that day? Are you sure beyond a shadow of doubt that you, by faith, have accepted the blood of Jesus as the sacrifice for all your sins? Do you, by faith, have the blood sprinkled on the door of your heart? Why don't you take one more look just to make sure. Just to know about the blood is not enough. You must receive it personally and apply it. If you cannot ever remember a time in your life when you felt sorry for your sins, and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you and wash them away with his blood and come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior, you are not safe from the wrath and judgment of God. You can make sure that you are safe today and have the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ applied to your heart simply by faith believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died and shed his blood for you. Tell him you are sorry for your sin and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.
By the grace of God we can all come to the well of salvation and dip our cup. “Therefore with joy shall we draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12: 3. When the cup is drawn up, it is filled to over flowing. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou annointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.” Psalm 23: 5.
Anyone can dip his cup in the well of salvation free of charge, it is on the house, God's house. “And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Revelation 21: 6. “And the Spirit and the bride say come. And let him that heareth say, come, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22: 17. We can dip our cup freely and enjoy the benefits of salvation. Access to the well of salvation is expensive, but the admission price has been paid for all of us who have and those who will receive it. Consider the price of admission to the well of salvation, but also consider the gift that is yours by God's grace to draw water fom the well of salvation. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Free to all who will ask, free to all who will take. Free to use, but not abuse. Free to have and enjoy, but not to hoard and keep from others. It is our responsibility to advertise the gift, but make known the cost. “Freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8.
The human body is equip with danger signals which serve to alert the senses when it is in trouble or in danger. For example: If we have an infection or a disease in our bodies that could cause us to be in danger, the nervous system sends signals to the brain, in the form of pain or discomfort, to warn us that all is not right within. When all is safe and secure within our bodies, as a rule, we are without pain or discomfort, and we are at peace within our bodies.
Likewise our soul has danger signals which alert our senses to the fact when all is not well and healthy with our soul. What are some of the symptoms of an unhealthy soul and spirit? The answer – Lack of peace – uneasiness, frustration, uneasy or uncomfortable when in the presence of sincere, enthusiastic servants of God; uncomfortable when in the presence of those who are praising God or testifying or praying. If you would prefer to think of more practical things rather than to think of the spiritual, if you cannot get interested in the things of the Lord, If you get bored easily when spiritual matters are discussed, and if the talk of heaven seems morbid, and the fear of bad health or death is always present, then it is time, if you profess to be a Christian, to check up on the well being of your soul. When we are afraid to pray or talk to God for fear of his condemnation, or afraid to speak the name of the Lord Jesus Christ publicly, these and many others are the danger signals of an unhealthy soul. When we have any or all of these symptoms, we ought to hasten to the great physician and lover of our souls, the Lord Jesus Christ and seek healing, pardon and forgiveness, so that we might be found prospering and in good health.
Generally speaking, the characteristics of a healthy soul is to be always rejoicing in the Lord, and offering continual praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. A healthy soul is afraid of nothing, and is careful for nothing, but is trusting in the Lord for all things. The healthy soul is being filled with the peace of God which passes all understanding. Thoughts of heaven are a delight, and death is thought of as another stage of life. If we posses a healthy soul we can sing with the songwriter- “it is well with my soul.” and we will love to be with God's people. We will love to talk to God in prayer. We will love to praise God. We will not be afraid of God's judgment because we know that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all guilt. A healthy soul has an appetite for the things of God, we like to eat the meat of the word and feed upon the heavenly manna of God.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men, the Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God, and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 5-7.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler's favor; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lord.” Proverbs 29: 25, 26. Some of us have more fear and regard for man than we do for God. This is what hinders us as Christians from taking the stand that we ought to take for godliness and morality in our home, our communities, and our nation.
Some of us are more concerned that we will be “politically correct” and appealing to men than that we will be grieving the Holy Spirit when we do not speak up against all that we know to be contrary to the laws and commandments of God. Some of us have more regard for the creature than we have for the creator. Some of us would not do some of the things that we know is contrary to the perfect will of God if it were not for the fact that we do not want people to think that we have gone off the ”deep end” and become fanatics and “odd balls”.
The fear of man is bondage and slavery. Obedience to God and trust in him is true freedom. Why should we care what men do to us, or think about us if we have the assurance that we can stand alone in our closet and be justified before God? The fear of man keeps us from giving our all to God, or becoming “fanatics”, if you prefer. The fear of man keeps us from taking a firm stand against immorality, and prevents us from publicly declaring that this is wrong, and that is right, according to the Word of God. The fear of man keeps us from putting God first in all our thoughts and deeds.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in The Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29: 25.
Peter said by inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “We must obey God rather than men.”
Jesus said: “ Fear not him who can destroy the body, but fear him who has the power to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
“Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Isaiah 2: 22.
We Christians ought to covenant with God and with each other that we will not fear men, but we will fear and obey God in all things regardless of what ungodly men may say or think. Lets preserve ourselves, our homes, our communities, our churches, and our nation from the so called “politically correct” philosophies of ungodly men.