VIDEO Get Back Up

Feb 17, 2010

It is NEVER Too Late to Get Back Up Again

Here is a track of Toby Mac’s new CD “Tonight” called “Get Back Up”.

A Fresh Start

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. —Luke 5:31

n many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to extract the individual components of metal, fabric, and foam in old mattresses for recycling. But that’s only part of the story. Journalist Bill Vogrin wrote, “Of all the items Keenan recycles . . . it’s the people that may be his biggest success” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). Keenan hires men from halfway houses and homeless shelters, giving them a job and a second chance. He says, “We take guys nobody else wants.”

Luke 5:17-26 tells how Jesus healed the body and the soul of a paralyzed man. Following that miraculous event, Levi answered Jesus’ call to follow Him and then invited his fellow tax collectors and friends to a banquet in honor of the Lord (vv.27-29). When some people accused Jesus of associating with undesirables (v.30), He reminded them that healthy people don’t need a doctor—adding, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (v.32).

To everyone who feels like a “throwaway” headed for the landfill of life, Jesus opens His arms of love and offers a fresh beginning. That’s why He came! By David C. McCasland

The power of God can turn a heart
From evil and the power of sin;
The love of God can change a life
And make it new and cleansed within. —Fasick

Salvation is receiving a new life.

See How the Truth Can Set You Free

Ephesians 1:5-9

People the world over desire to be accepted and appreciated. Generally speaking, all of us want our peers to express approval so we can experience the feeling of acceptance. Though Christians understand that emotions are unreliable indicators of truth, believers also fall into this pattern of searching for approval.

Truthfully, one of our most priceless possessions is God’s acceptance of us as we are now. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we own a full measure of God’s grace. The Father does not say, “When you clean up your life, I’ll accept you.” Grace plus performance is not a workable formula in God’s economy. If being a Spirit-filled believer meant achieving some lofty standard of behavior on our own, we would all wear ourselves out in the attempt.

Performance-based faith is a worldly idea. People alter their clothes, habits, finances, and jobs to gain acceptance from peers. The only problem is that the people who like your appearance today won’t like it tomorrow. It is true you can’t please everybody, but you can please the Lord by recognizing that He accepts you unconditionally. We have all the status we need: We are children of God and ambassadors of Jesus Christ, living in the kingdom of light!

If we ignore our acceptance by God, then we will end up in the world’s cycle of effort and activity, attempting to earn the Lord’s acknowledgement. Freedom and intimacy are rooted in His freely given acceptance. Instead of shielding ourselves from His judgment, we can bask in God’s gracious love.

The Real and the Unreal World

“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them.” (1 Samuel 2:8)

The above text contains the first reference in the Bible to God’s world. The “pillars” upon which it is set are, literally, “firm summits” (not “columns”), speaking of its permanence, “established that it shall not be moved” through the eternal ages when “the LORD reigneth” (Psalm 96:10).

That is the real world, where all who have been “raised up” by the Lord through faith in His Word will “inherit the throne of glory” and reign with Him forever. But that real world has, for a time, become “this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4), often mistakenly represented by its worldly inhabitants as their “real” world. In reality, this present world is very ephemeral, for “the world passeth away” (1 John 2:17).

This present unreal world has become the domain of Satan, “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), for “the whole world lieth in wickedness [or ‘the wicked one’]” (1 John 5:19). Consequently, it is essential for believers now living in the world to heed the Lord’s warning: “I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19).

The “world” includes its inhabitants and the world system they have developed. This present world, because of sin, has become so unreal that it no longer even knows its Creator. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not” (John 1:10). Nevertheless, “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17). We can defeat this present evil world and prepare for our eternal service in the real world to come. “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). HMM

Ye shall not fear them; for the Lord your God He shall fight for you

Ye shall not fear them; for the Lord your God He shall fight for you.—Deuteronomy 3:22.

And behold God Himself is with us for our captain.—2 Chronicles 13:12.

for trust that brings the triumph
When defeat seems strangely near!
Oh, for faith that changes fighting
Into victory’s ringing cheer—
Faith triumphant, knowing not defeat or fear!

HOPEFULNESS of final victory is ours, if we only remember that we are fighting God’s battles. And can He know defeat? He who is the God of the great world around us is the God of the little world within. It is He who is contending in thee; thou art but His soldier, guided by His wisdom, strengthened by His might, shielded by His love. Keep thy will united to the Will of God, and final defeat is impossible, for He is invincible. GEORGE BODY.

Our only victory over temptations is through persisting courage, and an indomitable cheerfulness. FREDERICK W. FABER.

Courage, it shall be well: we follow a conquering general; yea, who hath conquered already; and He that hath conquered for us shall ever conquer in us. ROBERT LEIGHTON.

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Psalm 25:4

Moses said unto the LORD, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. — He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

The meek will he guide in judgment; and the meek will he teach his way. What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall teach in the way that he shall choose. — Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. — I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. — The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Exodus 33:12-14. Psalm 103:7. Psalm 25:9,12. Proverbs 3:5,6. Psalm 16:11. Psalm 32:8. Proverbs 4:18.

He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold

He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Job 23:10

He knoweth our frame. —He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. — I … will refine them as silver is refined, … they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, the LORD is my God.

Psalm 103:14. Lamentations 3:33. 2 Timothy 2:19-21. Malachi 3:3. Zechariah 13:9.