“It Is the Lord!”

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Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” —John 20:28

“Jesus said to her, ‘Give Me a drink’ ” (John 4:7). How many of us are expecting Jesus Christ to quench our thirst when we should be satisfying Him! We should be pouring out our lives, investing our total beings, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “You shall be witnesses to Me…” (Acts 1:8). That means lives of pure, uncompromising, and unrestrained devotion to the Lord Jesus, which will be satisfying to Him wherever He may send us.

Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him. The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him. We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles. Are we more devoted to service than we are to Jesus Christ Himself?

by Oswald Chambers

Heavenly Prosperity

The so-called “prosperity gospel,” a prevalent teaching among some evangelicals, claims that material prosperity is a right afforded to all Christians who think, believe, and speak certain things. If you are not “healthy and wealthy,” as the teaching goes, you “must not be living in the center of God’s will.”

Such teaching is certainly not new. Here in the United States it first arose as soldiers returned home soon after World War II, but it has gained global popularity during the last three decades as many evangelists have taken this message to the airwaves and the Internet. Yet, Bible-believing Christians should recognize it as simply a false front for the old-fashioned sin of “covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5).

True scriptural study shows that typical prosperity gospel themes are nearly always taken out of context. In no way does the Lord Jesus promise material wealth to a Christian, but rather He warns us against “the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things” (Mark 4:18-19) as seen in the parable of the soils. Pursuit of such devious prosperity could soon choke out whatever place the Word of God once had in believers’ lives, depleting the strength of their testimonies, and hindering many from the saving power of the Cross.

Money and wealth are not the problem. Rather, it is the desire for and the love of such things that lead to destruction and sorrow. As the apostle Paul once cautioned Timothy:

Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:9-10).

If by His grace the Lord does enable a Christian to acquire wealth, it should be regarded as a divine stewardship and opportunity for ministry. Paul—who died a penniless prisoner on Earth but with vast treasures laid up in heaven—expressed it this way:

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

However much a Christian may have on Earth, incorruptible and everlasting wealth in heaven is promised to those who faithfully apply what they do have in a spirit of true biblical stewardship. Regrettably, the term “stewardship” has become largely associated with giving money. Yet everything we have—not only money, but also our time, talent, and testimony—has been committed to us in trust by God to be used for His glory. We are His stewards, appointed by the Master to keep and manage all things committed to our care. And as Master, He rightfully expects a good return.

No none is exempt from the same expectations of godly stewardship, and we earnestly seek to be found a “faithful and wise servant” (Matthew 24:45) in the work He has entrusted to us. Likewise, all gifts to the ministry must be applied in the same careful fashion, because they naturally represent an extension of personal stewardship from many like-minded believers. Support ministries as the Lord leads you to.


by Henry Morris IV who is Director of Donor Relations at the Insti­tute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Henry Morris IV. 2014. Heavenly Prosperity. Acts & Facts. 43 (7).

A Created People

“This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.” (Psalm 102:18)

Only God can create, and whenever this verb (Hebrew bara) is used in the Bible, the subject of the verb, either explicitly or implicitly, is God! However, certain “progressive creationists” contend that “creation” does not have to be instantaneous, but can be a protracted process—some form of evolution. The verse above is used as a proof text for this position, the idea being that the Jewish “people” are being gradually created (“molded”) into a nation that will eventually bring praise to God.

This type of scriptural distortion illustrates the extremes to which theistic evolutionists and progressive creationists will go in order to force long evolutionary ages into Scripture. In the context, the psalmist is not speaking of a long process, but a future event. He is speaking of a future time to “have mercy upon Zion,” when “the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come” (v. 13). At that future time, “the LORD . . . shall appear in his glory” (v. 16). Then will come the glorious day “when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD” (v. 22).

It is only then that “the people shall be created” who “shall praise the LORD.” When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ by faith as his Creator and Savior, he does indeed become “a new [creation]” (2 Corinthians 5:17), and the miracle of regeneration is always recognized in Scripture as an instantaneous event accomplished by the Creator in the mind and heart of the believer at the time of conversion. As for the Jews who are alive when the Lord returns, “in that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David” (Zechariah 13:1). Multitudes will believe and become, at that time, “new creature[s] in Christ Jesus.” HMM

Healing Silence

And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. —Mark 6:46

Very few of us know the secret of bathing our souls in silence. It was a secret our Lord Jesus Christ knew very well. There were times when He had to send the multitudes away so He could retire alone into the silence of the mountainside. There He would turn the God-ward side of His soul toward heaven and for a long time expose Himself to the face of His Father in heaven….

My eyes and ears and spirit are aware of the immaturities in the so-called evangelicalism of our time. The more noise we make, the more we advertise, the more bells we jingle, the happier we seem to be. All of the signs of immaturity are among us.

We are seeing a general abhorrence of being alone, of being silent before the Lord. We shrink from allowing our souls to be bathed in the healing silences.

Father, grant that we might not forsake the quest for solitude and silence until we have really mastered this discipline, no matter how busy our lives continue to be. Amen.

The True Christian Is the Practicing Christian

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. 2 Peter 1:3

The supreme purpose of the Christian religion is to make men like God in order that they may act like God. In Christ the verbs “to be” and “to do” follow each other in that order.

True religion leads to moral action. The only true Christian is the practicing Christian. Such a one is in very reality an incarnation of Christ as Christ is the incarnation of God; not in the same degree and fullness of perfection, for there is nothing in the moral universe equal to that awful mystery of godliness which joined God and man in eternal union in the person of the Man Christ Jesus; but as the fullness of the Godhead was and is in Christ, so Christ is in the nature of the one who believes in Him in the manner prescribed in the Scriptures.

Just as in eternity God acted like Himself and when incarnated in human flesh still continued in all His conduct to be true to His holiness, so does He when He enters the nature of a believing man. This is the method by which He makes the redeemed man holy.

The faith of Christ was never intended to be an end in itself nor to serve instead of something else. In the minds of some teachers faith stands in lieu of moral conduct and every inquirer after God must take his choice between the two. We are presented with the well-known either/or: either we have faith or we have works, and faith saves while works damn us. This error has lowered the moral standards of the church!

Our Faith and Obedience

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ROMANS 10:13

What is our answer to the many confused persons who keep asking: “How can we know that we have come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ?” First, we stand together on the basic truth that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. A second fact is that men and women are saved by faith in Christ alone, without works and without our merit.

However, the fact that Christ came to save sinners is not enough—that fact in itself cannot save us. Now in our day, the issues of believing faith and the gift of eternal life are clouded and confused by an “easy acceptance” that has been fatal to millions who may have stopped short in matters of faith and obedience.

Faith is believing and receiving, as in Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”; and as in John 1:12: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

I praise You, Lord, for accomplishing the mission for which You came to this earth. I pray today for my family members and coworkers who have not put their faith in You. Bring them to Yourself, Father.