VIDEO Author of the world, walk with me

May 3, 2015

Jesus Culture – Walk With Me, feat. Kim Walker-Smith, Album: Live From New York, Year: 2012


Verse 1:
Author of the world, walk with me
Ruler of the earth, walk with me
Calmer of the storm, walk with me
Healer of my heart, walk with me

In Your presence Lord there is joy there is joy
In Your presence Lord there is life that never ends
, walk with me

Verse 2:
Light for every step, walk with me
Giver of each breath, walk with me

How I need You
How I need You
Oh Jesus, walk with me
How I love You
How I love You
Oh Jesus, walk with me

In Your presence Lord there is peace, there is rest
In Your presence Lord there is life that never ends
In Your presence Lord there is joy there is joy
In Your presence Lord there is life that never ends

To Warn is To Love

The Bible is full of warnings.

They are there because God loves us, and wants us to turn from that which will harm us or lead us into great danger. Whether it is a warning about falling away, or a warning about judgment to come if sinners will not repent and turn from their sin, these warnings are given in love and need to be taken seriously.

In the same way believers are called to warn, to challenge, to alert, and to rebuke when necessary. Again, this is something we do not because we hate folks but because we love them. It is a failure to love to refuse to warn someone of some great danger ahead.

If you know the bridge up ahead is out, then you show love to your neighbour by warning them about the impending danger. If you know that certain lifestyle choices are going to shorten one’s life, such as cigarette smoking, you warn those people out of concern for them.

Warning is a morally important part of expressing love. It is the person filled with indifference, apathy and carelessness who refuses to warn. He shows his utter lack of concern for people by not saying what needs to be said. This may happen because of fear or a false understanding of tolerance, but there is nothing loving about it.

That Scripture is filled with warnings is an easy thing to demonstrate. Let me offer just a few passages here from each Testament:

Numbers 26:10 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign.

2 Kings 17:13 The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

2 Chronicles 15:1-2 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, ‘Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you’.

Jeremiah 6:8 Take warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it.

Jonah 3:6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.

Mark 8:15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”

Luke 10:11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’

John 16:3-4 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them.

1 Corinthians 10:11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.

1 Thessalonians 4:6 Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.

Warning is a normal part of the Christian life. We are to warn fellow believers and we are to warn even non-believers. This is basic Christianity, and it is odd that one should have to even remind others of such clear biblical truths. But now we must even warn about the lack of warnings!

This is because in our confused and morally dumbed-down culture, we are told we are being hateful and intolerant when we offer much-needed warnings. I get this all the time, not just from the activists on the other side of the culture wars, but from rather confused believers as well.

They will actually tell me that I am showing hate when I warn others about what they are doing and what their fate might be. They actually believe I am being judgmental and say I must just ease up and “love” people. Well, as just stated, there is nothing loving about refusing to alert people to danger ahead.

It is the most loving thing we can do. And we need more of it. Loving people means telling them the truth, and that often involves warning them. Loving a drug addict means warning him about what a dangerous course he is on. Loving a homosexual means warning him about his dangerous lifestyle and telling him about his eternal state if he refuses to turn from his sin.

The Christian demonstrates his love by offering much-needed warnings. Sure, we seek to do this in a gracious and caring fashion, but we must do it nonetheless. And sometimes such warning has to be made to complete strangers, and on the run.

The ideal is always to have a relationship with someone before you share warnings and rebukes. But that is not always possible; sometimes you just have to speak – instantly. If you are driving along and notice a house on fire, you don’t waltz up to the place, introduce yourself to the homeowner, and start a leisurely conversation.

No, you tell the stranger that he is in danger and he must act at once. Sometimes that is how it is with spiritual and moral warnings as well. We may not always have a lot of time to develop a working relationship with a person. Jesus often spoke words of warning to complete strangers, as did the early disciples.

If you can build a friendship with someone first, fine. But if not, we still have an obligation to warn and alert others about various threats and dangers. That is love in action. We are to speak truth to others, even if it may hurt or cause offence.

The drug addict may not like to be warned about his dangerous addiction. The homosexual may well take offence when you lovingly warn him about his dangerous lifestyle. But that is our duty as believers. Failure to warn others indicates we do not really love others.

We need to follow the example of Paul here. Recall what he said to the Ephesian leaders: “Be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears” (Acts 20:31).

Not to warn is not to love. We dare not be so unloving as to refuse to do that which we are commanded to do.

By Bill Muehlenberg

Discovering God’s Will

2 Timothy 3:14-17

God’s plan ensures every believer can reach his or her maximum potential. He wants His children to live a certain way and make right decisions, so He accepts full responsibility for guiding them. In fact, He promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go” (Ps. 32:8). However, our lifetime isn’t mapped out in an instruction manual to read the day we’re saved. Discovering God’s will is a daily process of trust.

We learn God’s will by reading His Word. Scripture provides a comprehensive guide for any situation. There we find rules and commands that will lead to our success and principles for daily application. The Bible doesn’t detail every possible situation we might face, but its principles equip us to make decisions about any and every circumstance we encounter. Studying God’s Word is the only way for a believer to recognize His will.

We discover God’s will through circumstances. The Lord is actively guiding every incident of our lives to stitch the incongruent “threads” together for our good (Rom. 8:28). When I was young, I had no money to pay for seminary even though I’d felt God’s call to preach. As I discussed the situation one evening with a friend named Julian, my pastor walked by. Julian called him over and asked if he could help. The pastor told me to come see him. I did, and from that meeting came a four-year scholarship.

Believers must be alert for the moment God reveals His will. Pray every day that He’ll make you sensitive to His ways.

Outward Appearances

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Man does, indeed, look on the outward appearance rather than inward convictions. This has always been true, but never more so than in these latter days, even among evangelical Christians.

There is very little emphasis in the Bible on such things, however. As far as dress and adornment are concerned, Paul said: “I will therefore that. . . . women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (1 Timothy 2:8-10). The same principle surely would apply also to men.

With respect to physical conditioning and development, the following is almost the only reference in the Bible: “Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things” (1 Timothy 4:8). The apostle Paul himself (probably the most effective and fruitful Christian of all) was a man of most unimpressive appearance (2 Corinthians 10:10). “I was with you in weakness,” he reminded them, but nevertheless it was “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:3-4).

There is nothing wrong, of course, with physical beauty or athletic prowess, unless they center attention on self rather than Christ, but it is the “inner man” of the heart, where true strength and beauty should be sought. Therefore, as Jesus said: “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). The Lord looks on the heart, and so should we. HMM

To Push into the Presence

When he came down from the mount… Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. —Exodus 34:29

Such worship as Faber knew (and he is but one of a great company which no man can number) can never come from a mere doctrinal knowledge of God. Hearts that are “fit to break” with love for the Godhead are those who have been in the Presence and have looked with opened eye upon the majesty of Deity. Men of the breaking hearts had a quality about them not known to nor understood by common men. They habitually spoke with spiritual authority. They had been in the presence of God and they reported what they saw there.

They were prophets, not scribes, for the scribe tells us what he has read, and the prophet tells what he has seen. The distinction is not an imaginary one. Between the scribe who has read and the prophet who has seen there is a difference as wide as the sea. We are overrun today with orthodox scribes, but the prophets, where are they? The hard voice of the scribe sounds over evangelicalism, but the Church waits for the tender voice of the saint who has penetrated the veil and has gazed with inward eye upon the wonder that is God. And yet, thus to penetrate, to push in sensitive living experience into the holy Presence, is a privilege open to every child of God.

Take me into the Presence, Lord, that I might tell others what I have seen and be a prophet for today, not merely another scribe. Amen.

A Prayer of Concern

Gracious Father in heaven, I am a pastor in the flock of God and I confess that I am a troubled man. It is too late in my ministry for me to be engaged week after week with men and women who do not hear Thy pleading voice.

O Lord, we often wonder if Thou wilt be forced to turn from those who have heard all of the Bible truths over and over again, in order to find willing and responsive listeners elsewhere? We recognize that Thou hast given us plain warnings in Thy Word. We remember all too well that the Jews of Jesus’ day held stubbornly to their attitudes of presumption: “We are Abraham’s descendents. We know who we are. If God is going to bless anyone, He is going to bless us.” Yet at that very time those same self-serving men were planning to kill their promised Messiah, the eternal Son whom Thou hadst sent in the fullness of time.

We pray earnestly, O God, that we may not be found among those with hardened hearts, no longer able to hear Thy voice.

Simeon called Jesus the consolation of Israel

Simeon called Jesus the consolation of Israel; and so He was. Before His actual appearance, His name was the day-star; cheering the darkness, and prophetic of the rising sun. To Him they looked with the same hope which cheers the nightly watcher, when from the lonely castle-top he sees the fairest of the stars, and hails her as the usher of the morn. When He was on earth, He must have been the consolation of all those who were privileged to be His companions. Like children they would tell Him of their griefs, and consider Him as their Father.