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May 19, 2012

Micah 7:18-20

(NKJV)
18 Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities.
You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham,
Which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old.

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. (Mic 7:19)

Jesus told the parable of wedding feast and the end was a startling remark, ‘For many are called, but few are chosen’ (Matt 22:14). The grace of God extents to all and sundry, the first respond is faith to believe that the Father has sent the Son to save us from sin. The second respond is our responsibility to deal with sin (2 Cor 7:1), as much as faith without actions is dead.

Iniquity is the depravity of human rebellion against God, rejecting His will and living for our own desire. It is only God Who can put the death blow to our personal depravity and cast it into the sea, never to surface again. Faith is not trying not to sin, but believing that we have been endowed with Christ’s life that we don’t have to sin. It is also to believe that sin no longer has dominion over us (Rom 6:14). He will indeed again have compassion on us; it is whether we are willing to let Him do His sovereign work. When Jesus told the woman taken in adultery to ‘go, and sin no more’, it is not a futile suggestion but a command. The same authoritative speaking that commanded ‘Let there be light: and there was light’ (Gen 1:3

Music Copyrighted Esther Mui

Monsters: Desperately Wicked And Depraved

war hitler
The total depravity of man…

The secret side of me
I never let you see
I keep it caged but I can’t control it
So stay away from me
The beast is ugly
I feel the rage and I just can’t hold it…*

“There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith…Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth – our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments.” – President Barack Obama, National Prayer Breakfast, February 5th, 2015.

Despite the hard claims of the new atheist, religion, in and of itself, is not evil. Religion is merely one of a multitude of outlets used by mankind to act on the evil that lies in our depraved hearts.

“Total Depravity states that each and every person (except Jesus, 1 Peter 2:22) is completely touched by sin in all that he is and does whether it’s heart, soul, mind, body, thought, or deed. However, this does not mean that all people are equally bad or that all people are as bad as they can be. Not all are murderers. Not all are adulterers. Not all cheat.” – Matt Slick

Some of the most ruthless rulers of former generations were secularists and ardent atheists. Going all the way back to the days of the cruel and merciless Roman Emperor Nero, the brutal and the godless throughout the ages have had their day – reigns mired in blood and oppression. These were oppressive fascist tyrants who ruled the people with an iron fist – Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Napoleon, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Enver Hoxha, and the list goes on…

Often times mankind’s evil and depravities are much more subtle and seemingly isolated, while the widespread effects are often devastating. There exists today a multitude of under-reported and overlooked atrocities, debaucheries, and offenses that are blindly tolerated and perpetuated by our postmodern, God-dishonoring, secular society (and the puppeteers who exist outside earthly authority and under demonic persuasion actively shape the course of global affairs).

We live in a time when female degradation, child exploitation, male emasculation and various other social calamities are growing rampant like never before (despite damage controlled reports to the contrary). And with more technology, the greater calamity continues to go mainstream, leaving a growing number sorely vexed in its wake.

“Not until recently had I ever felt the weight of the fact that those outside Christ have no defense against the devil. God can restrain the devil from doing his maximum worst. But the world cannot. They are helpless before Satan’s supernatural power. They are utterly in his sway, except for God’s restraining providence. This should make us tremble for the hopelessness of the world and marvel at the magnitude of God’s power and grace to keep the world from being ten thousand times more violent and miserable than it is.” – John Piper

There is no Godless moral high ground or intellectual superiority to be had in this life. We MUST get off our high horse and get over ourselves. We are dirty creatures with bloody hands. We were born this way!

“Common grace restrains sin and the effects of sin on the human race. Common grace is what keeps humanity from descending into the morass of evil that we would see if the full expression of our fallen nature were allowed to have free reign.” – John F. MacArthur

The best laid plans will ultimately go up in smoke. All our grand schemes are bound to backfire. We have the truth written on our hearts but they have turned black and hard. With stoney hearts we foolishly press on, sowing and reaping without God and without hope.

We are accountable transgressors standing on shaky ground. Further sophistication only ensures greater diabolical complexity (and social infiltration) for the wholly unrestrained servants of the devil. We lack a true imputation of righteousness and are incapable of any true and pure act of moral and spiritual goodness. We need a true exhortation, a forensic liberation.

“Total depravity includes total inability, that is, being without power to believe in God or His word. Paul calls this universal unresponsiveness a form of death; the fallen heart is ‘dead.’ As the Westminster Confession (IX. 3) explains, ‘Man by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.’ To this darkness the word of God alone brings light.” – RC Sproul

We require a legal declaration, a full pardon, complete acquittal and exoneration of the widespread sin epidemic that lies in our hearts (and the world at large). All too often the solution to all the madness that prevails from generation to wretched generation is the Greatest Offense of all.

In the end, the losers and the outsiders will find their eternal peace.

Resisting both wind and tide and armed in holy righteousness, we will stare down the three headed monster and ultimately find glory and rest!

by AJ CASTELLITTO

* Quoted lyrics by John L. Cooper

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Prayer In The Believer’s Life

Isaiah 57:15

The two most important disciplines in the life of a believer are Bible study and prayer. It is impossible to grow continually in Christ without practicing both.

Prayer is the primary means by which we talk to God, and it is also a way He teaches us. When we pray, we’re petitioning the Lord and trusting Him for the answer. In doing so, we learn to listen to Him, just as we learn to wait for His response. And He loves for us to honor Him through this spiritual act of worship called prayer.

Indeed, prayer is one of the best ways to honor God. When we pray to our heavenly Father, we are acknowledging that He is God, that He truly is “the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy” (Isa. 57:15). God alone deserves glory, and we ascribe honor to Him when we “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). That is, we are to maintain a God-focused attitude throughout the day—continually asking Him to govern every detail of our lives.

Today’s passage says that our Father dwells both on a high and holy place and also with the contrite and lowly in spirit. This means that our motives and the condition of our hearts are very important in prayer. Simply wanting to “get our way” is not the spirit of prayer that honors God. Furthermore, it does not produce prayers that He will answer.

The heavenly Father longs for an intimate relationship with His children. Time spent in communication with God is the best way to grow close to Him.

Selah

“Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.” (Psalm 3:2)

The word “Selah” occurs 74 times in the Bible (three of which are in the prophetic psalm of Habakkuk, with the other 71 in the book of Psalms). The first of these occurrences is here in Psalm 3:2, and it also occurs at the end of verses 4 and 8, thus in effect dividing Psalm 3 into three “stanzas.”

However, its exact meaning is uncertain. Most authorities think it is some kind of musical notation, to be applied when the psalm was being sung with accompanying musical instrumentation. It suggests a pause of some kind, perhaps to allow the instruments to play a few notes while the singers were silent before proceeding with the next portion, possibly changing to a different key.

When the psalm is merely being read, however, as must often be the case, this explanation would be pointless. Thus, some think it indicates a brief pause for reflection on the truth just revealed before proceeding to the next point. “Selah” might, therefore, mean something like “Think of that!”

In Psalm 3, as the first instance, verse 2 notes that many (perhaps originally those involved in Absalom’s rebellion against King David) are saying: “Not even God can help him now!” But then the psalmist remembers God’s promises and he prays, and God answers, so now he can say: “Well, what do you think about that?” Both exclamations are implied by his “Selah.”

Then in the third stanza, he stresses his security in his Lord. He can sleep and “not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about . . . Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people” (Psalm 3:6, 8). “So, what can you say about that, you enemies of God and His Word?” (“Selah”). HMM

An Empty, Hungry Heart

And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. —Genesis 12:7

I happen to believe that Abraham’s encounters with the living God nearly 4,000 years ago leave modern men and women without excuse.

Abraham stands for every believer. His eager and willing faith becomes every Christian’s condemnation. On the other hand, his fellowship with God becomes every believer’s encouragement.

If there is a desire in your heart for more of God’s blessing in your life, turn your attention to the details of Abraham’s encounters with God. You will find yourself back at the center, at the beating heart of living religion….

Remember, too, that at that point in history, almost 2,000 years before the coming of Jesus Christ into our world, Abraham had no Bible and no hymnal. He had no church and no godly religious traditions for guidance. He could not turn to a minister or an evangelist for spiritual help.

Abraham had only his own empty, hungry heart. That and the manifestation of the God who reveals Himself to men and women who desire to find Him and know Him!

Like Abraham, Lord, I come to You today with an empty, hungry heart, ready to listen for Your voice. Amen.

Who Can Come to Jesus?

Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)

God’s invitation to men is broad but not unqualified. The words “whosoever will may come” throw the door open, indeed, but the church is carrying the gospel invitation far beyond its proper bounds, turning it into something more human and less divine than that found in the sacred Scriptures.

What we tend to overlook is that the word “whosoever” never stands by itself. Always its meaning is modified by the word “believe or “will” or “come.”

According to the teachings of Christ no one will or can come and believe unless there has been done within him a prevenient work of God enabling him to do so.

In the sixth chapter of John, Jesus teaches as that no one can come of himself; he must first be drawn by the Father. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing,” Jesus said.

Before any man or woman can be saved, he or she must feel a consuming spiritual hunger. Where a hungry heart is found, we may be sure that God was there first—”Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16).

The canon revelation is closed

The canon revelation is closed; there is no more to be added; God does not give a fresh revelation, but he rivets the old one. When it has been forgotten, and laid in the dusty chamber of our memory, he brings it forth and cleans the picture, but does not paint a new one. It is not by any new revelation that the Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over again; he brings a fresh lamp to manifest the treasures hidden in Scripture; he unlocks the strong chests in which the truth has long lain, and he points to secret chambers filled with untold riches; but he coins no more, for enough is done.