VIDEO Where Are You Christmas? by Faith Hill

Oct 19, 2013

Best Christmas song ever? “Where Are You Christmas?” music video!

“Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?” is a song co-written by James Horner and Will Jennings for the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000. In the movie, it is first sung by Taylor Momsen, who played Cindy Lou Who.

Glorious Grace Now, Divine Payback Is Coming

1 John 2 1-2 if any man sin

Anyone reading these words right now is doing so because of the amazing mercy and grace of God. Because of the first coming of Christ, the way is now open for every one of us sinners to be reconciled to God, through faith and repentance, because of what Christ did for us at Calvary.

But just as biblically certain is the truth that Jesus will be coming a second time, and then the period of grace comes to an end, and instead, a time of hard-core payback will take place. Those who continue to shake their fists at God and spit in his face will discover that grace does not last forever.

Payback is coming. Call it what you will: the wrath of God, divine vindication and retribution, and so on, but this is a time where the enemies of God are judged swiftly and harshly. One simply has to read the book of Revelation to see these truths expressed most forcefully and threateningly.

Having just finished the book, this is abundantly clear. (Gentle reminder: all believers need to read the Bible daily, and the whole thing at least once a year. Start on January 1 with Genesis 1 and on December 31 you will finish Revelation 22 – just three chapters a day needed!)

Revelation is about many things, but certainly some key themes are the wrath of God and his judgment upon the unrepentant. Much of the book is devoted to divine payback. God will not let rebellion, sin and unbelief continue forever. One day it will all come to a halt.

Now we can call upon the grace of God and be spared wrath to come. But as R. C. Sproul has rightly said, “God’s grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to his patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over again that someday the ax will fall and His judgment will be poured out.”

Of course both angry atheists and carnal Christians do not want to hear such truths. The latter may quote from Jesus sometimes – but usually only from the Gospels. They are averse to talking about the Jesus found in Revelation, with his robes dipped in blood.

Indeed, these folks avoid like the plague the description of the heavenly warrior as found in Rev. 19:11-16:

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: “king of kings and lord of lords”.

But Revelation is of course full of such language. No meek and mild Jesus here but a conquering king who will kick butt big time. Time and again we find detailed descriptions of divine retribution and the just judgment of God being poured out on his enemies.

And what is even more remarkable – something the wimps for Jesus will never countenance nor understand – is these amazing pictures of terrible judgment are often followed up by mighty praise and worship sessions in the heavenlies.

God is wondrously praised exactly because of his judgments, not in spite of them. The heavenly hosts worship and adore God because of his holiness, his righteousness, and his wrath. Today however most spineless believers want nothing to do with any of this.

Well, they will then be in for a real shock when they finally stand before the risen Christ. The examples in Revelation of divine payback and the celebration thereof are numerous. Here are some of them:

Rev. 11:15-19 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

Rev. 12:10-12 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”

Rev. 15:1-4 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:
“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Rev. 16:4-7 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,
you who are and who were;
for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,
and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”
And I heard the altar respond:
“Yes, Lord God Almighty,
true and just are your judgments.”

Rev. 18:20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!
Rejoice, you people of God!
Rejoice, apostles and prophets!
For God has judged her
with the judgment she imposed on you.”

Are you starting to get the picture? Divine wrath is poured out on the enemies of God, and thanksgiving, praise and adoration immediately and appropriately follow. There is absolutely nothing for the believer to be ashamed of here. Divine justice is a wonderful thing. God’s judgments are a glorious thing.

We are to rejoice with God that one day all evil will come to an end, all injustice and sin will be properly dealt with, and all ungodliness and unrighteousness will be judged. That is good news. I have addressed this topic often, as in this piece

Now is the day of salvation. Now is the time for repentance and turning to God. We will not always have this opportunity. We must avail ourselves of it now. The day of mercy and grace will not last much longer. Let me again quote from Sproul (this time in his discussion of Romans 1:18-32) as I close this article:

Three times in this section we read about human beings being given up by God. They are given up to their vile passions, the lust of the flesh, and their reprobate minds. When God judges people according to the standard of his righteousness, he is declaring that he will not strive with mankind forever. We hear all the time about God’s infinite grace and mercy. I cringe when I hear it. God’s mercy is infinite insofar as it is mercy bestowed upon us by a Being who is infinite, but when the term infinite is used to describe his mercy rather than his person, I have problems with it because the Bible makes very clear that there is a limit to God’s mercy. There is a limit to his grace, and he is determined not to pour out his mercy on impenitent people forever. There is a time, as the Old Testament repeatedly reports, particularly in the book of the prophet Jeremiah, that God stops being gracious with people, and he gives them over to their sin.

The worst thing that can happen to sinners is to be allowed to go on sinning without any divine restraints. At the end of the New Testament, in the book of Revelation when the description of the last judgment is set forth, God says, ‘He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still’ (Rev. 22:11). God gives people over to what they want. He abandons them to their sinful impulses and removes his restraints, saying in essence, ‘If you want to sin, go ahead and sin.’ This is what theologians call ‘judicial abandonment.’ God, in dispensing his just judgment, abandons the impenitent sinner forever.

 

by  BILL MUEHLENBERG 

http://barbwire.com/2016/01/01/glorious-grace-now-divine-payback-coming/

The Greater Purpose Of Blessings

Psalms 67

It is God’s nature to bless. However, we need to understand that His purpose is greater than we may realize. His ultimate goal encompasses far more than simply making us happy, peaceful, protected, and prosperous. In fact, it’s never the Lord’s intention for His blessings to end with us. Rather, He wants them to flow out to others as part of His plan for the whole earth.

As we see in today’s psalm, the Lord blesses us so that His salvation, His ways, and His justice may be known by every nation and people group around the globe (Ps. 67:3-4, Ps. 67:7). He’s always acting with this larger picture in mind—even while working personally in each believer’s life.

Knowing this should fill us with an awesome yet humbling sense of significance. Every Christian has a part in helping others know and understand the one true God. Each blessing that benefits us personally is also intended to help further His plans for the kingdom. On the other hand, we sometimes may not receive things we want because they don’t contribute to God’s higher purpose. But if we fit our requests into the Lord’s greater plans, we position ourselves to be used mightily by Him.

When your Father blesses you, He’s not only doing something for you; He’s also doing something in and through you to affect the lives of others. Don’t let the pleasures and comforts of His blessings blind you to their intended purpose. Ask the Lord how to use His kindnesses as a way to point people to Him.

A New Year, A Fresh Start

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Everyone deserves a fresh start. As we start the New Year with resolutions and lofty ideals, it is good to remember that we can all renew our commitment. We can all purpose to gain even loftier heights in our spiritual journey toward Christ-likeness. No matter how far we have ascended, we can go farther; no matter how low we have fallen, we can begin again.

How can this be accomplished? As the context of our text teaches, we must go back to school—the school of Christ. “But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus” (Ephesians 4:20-21). “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

As our text verses explain, we must both “put off . . . the old man” and “put on the new man,” clearly speaking of our manner of life, just as if we were changing clothes. If we as believers are hanging on to a few old rags, let this New Year see us obey this passage as an act of faith through the living Spirit of God: “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14).

This act of submission and desire will result as we are “renewed in the spirit [or attitude] of [our minds]” (Ephesians 4:23). The old man will not be removed or changed into the new but will be brought under control. The new man is a new creation of God modeled after Him “in righteousness and true holiness.” “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Ephesians 2:10). JDM

The Awesomeness Of God

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! —Romans 11:33

Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary lists 550,000 words. And it is a solemn and beautiful thought that in our worship of God there sometimes rush up from the depths of our souls feelings that all this wealth of words is not sufficient to express. To be articulate at certain times we are compelled to fall back upon “Oh!” or “O!”—a primitive exclamatory sound that is hardly a word at all and that scarcely admits of a definition.

Vocabularies are formed by many minds over long periods and are capable of expressing whatever the mind is capable of entertaining. But when the heart, on its knees, moves into the awesome Presence and hears with fear and wonder things not lawful to utter, then the mind falls flat, and words, previously its faithful servants, become weak and totally incapable of telling what the heart hears and sees. In that awful moment the worshiper can only cry “Oh!” And that simple exclamation becomes more eloquent than learned speech and, I have no doubt, is dearer to God than any oratory.

Lord, I come, with my heart on its knees, into Your awesome presence this first day of the year. I long to know You better and to sense that awesomeness that leaves me speechless before You. Amen.

Yes, Everything Is Wrong… Until Jesus Makes It Right

Having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things\ unto himself… whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)

Men and women without God are helpless and hopeless human beings. We do well to remember that sin is to the human nature what cancer is to the human body! Who can argue with the fact that sin has ruined us?

Our feverish activity is only one sign of what is wrong with us—sin has plunged us into the depths and so marked us with mortality that we have become brother to the clay— but God never meant it to be so.

I recall being invited to speak at a summer conference where much of the emphasis is upon fun and amusement and jokes, something like Hollywood, I suppose. After my sessions there, the pastor-director told me frankly of his wife’s reaction: “Honey, after listening to Dr. Tozer, can it be true that there isn’t anything good in this world?”

Well, I know she had a Bible in her house and I consider her query one of the foolish questions of our times. Of course the world makes its own argument that there are things that can be considered good on the human level—but they belong to us only for a brief day. Nothing is divinely good until it bears the imprint of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Men and women may argue and make excuses, but it does not change the fact that in our human society we are completely surrounded by three marks of the ancient curse: everything is recent, temporal and transient! That is why the Holy Spirit whispers faithfully, reminding us of the Christ of God, eternity walking in flesh, God Almighty come to live among us and to save—actually to give us eternity!

We will be glad and rejoice in Thee

We will be glad and rejoice in Thee. We will not open the gates of the year to the
dolorous notes of the sackbut, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy. “O come, let us
sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise unto the rock of our salvation.” What heavens
are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite bliss have their source, ay, and every drop of
their fullness in Him! Since, O sweet Lord Jesus, Thou art the present portion of Thy
people, favor us this year with such a sense of Thy preciousness, that from its first to its last
day, we may be glad and rejoice in Thee.