VIDEO In God We Trust

Nov 27, 2015

Hillsong Worship – In God We Trust, Album: Open Heaven/River Wild, Year: 2015

In God We Trust Lyrics

“In God We Trust”

Overwhelmed but I won’t break
Through the battle I will say
Your grace will be enough
Your grace will be enough

Under fire but we won’t fall
We will never be alone
You’ll always be enough
You’ll always be enough

Now in God we trust
In His Name we hope
I know God will not be shaken
God is here with us
He’s already won
I know God will not be shaken

We will follow where You go
We will trust through the unknown
I know You go before
I know You go before

Lead my heart now in Your ways
For we’re carrying Your Name
Your promise never fails
Your promise never fails

You finish what You begun
Forever strong in Your love
Your Name is sure
And You will fight for us
Our hope forever secure
In You alone

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Christians: Stop Turning Your Cheeks, And Start Turning The Tables

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Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, was not the meek doormat, as some Christians–and many secular opponents of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness–have tried to portray Him.

“But Jesus said that when someone strikes us on the cheek, we should turn to them the other.”

Where do we find this exhortation?

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)

What is Jesus talking about in His Sermon on the Mount?

The standard for holiness before His heavenly Father:

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

The standard for perfection is to take the all the slips, the hits, the hurts.

See. That’s what Jesus is commanding us to do, right?

Wrong.

Who was Jesus talking to?

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,” (Matthew 5:1-2)

Jesus saw multitudes, the crowds of people who saw Jesus as a celebrity or a novelty.

Then there were the disciples, who saw Jesus as an example to follow …

“He taught them, saying …”

Jesus did not come to be our teacher. He did not come to seek glory as a celebrity.

He came to save, heal, and forgive.

So, what did Jesus do with those who thought that they could be like him? Demonstrate to them the full calling of what Following Jesus really means.

Jesus would be the one to turn his cheeks and endure the hits for us:

“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)

Why did Jesus do this?

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

His wounds are our healing. His refusal to fight back grants us permission to fight:

“Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.” (John 19:1-3)

The word for “smite” in the above passage is the same Greek word Jesus used in Matthew 5, by the way. Jesus has taken all the blows for us. He was beaten, that we would be healed. He was crushed for our sins, and the chastisement of our peace is on Him.

To wannabe disciples, Jesus made it clear: “You want to be like me through your efforts? Then endure everything that I will endure.”

No, believers, we are not called to be disciples who turn our cheeks and endure evil. We are called to be sons, partakers in Jesus’ divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) to reign in life (Romans 5:17)—His Life! (Galatians 2:20-21)

Stop turning your cheeks to the wretched evil in our midst.

It’s time to start turning tables, just as Jesus did in the face of great evil:

“And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” (John 2: 13-16)

Jesus did not just stand by and watch the wicked religious leaders abuse their power and distort God’s Word and calling.

He stepped up and chased them out!

Consider also what Jesus did when the Pharisees shamed him for healing a woman on the Sabbath Day:

Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. (Luke 13:15-17)

Jesus not only defended healing the woman, but he slammed the religious leader– openly. He shamed all his adversaries–publicly.

Not very nice behavior according to Church-ianity standards.

But the people rejoiced because Jesus stood up for the woman and shamed his opponents.

Let us demonstrate the same courage.

We should not be afraid to contend for what is right.

Read the exhortations of John the Beloved:

“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.” (3 John 9-10)

John was not afraid to confront.

How about Jude?

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)

Christians, we are called to stand up and fight for what is right.

Jesus turned his cheeks for us, so that today we–like Him–can start turning over tables!

 

Speaking Through Sickness

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We never enjoy illness or affliction. After all, what good could possibly result from our ailments? God would never allow us to get sick for any reason—would He?

The answer, surprisingly, is yes. Suffering is one of the consequences of living in a fallen world, so we shouldn’t be surprised when it comes our way. However, God can use it to get our attention. If illness is what it takes for us to refocus on Him, that’s exactly what He will allow to happen.

Think about the apostle Paul. When we hear his name, we recall the missionary who spread the gospel during the first century. But this wasn’t always the case. When we are first introduced to him, he is known as Saul, Christianity’s enemy (Acts 9:1-2). So how did God get Saul’s attention?

The Acts account explains that the Lord appeared in a brilliant flash of light that only Saul could see. After revealing Himself, Jesus left Saul completely blind. This enemy of the church was now brought low, having to be led into town by hand, completely at the mercy of others.

What went through Saul’s mind during those three days of blindness? No doubt he was focused on one thing: Christ. By removing his sight, God took away all distractions during this vital time in the man’s life.

God’s primary goal is our ultimate good, not our comfort or short-term happiness—He wants what is best for us in light of eternity. At times, this means He’ll lay us flat on our backs for a season. If you experience such hardship, do pray for healing, but also pray to discern His message to you in your sickness.

Even as Christ

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Ephesians 5:25)

Much has been said in recent years regarding family roles and responsibilities. Suffice it to say that many either misapply or ignore what the Bible has to say. Perhaps the clearest passage on this subject is that surrounding our text (vv. 21-33). Here we see, in a setting of “submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (v. 21), that the primary role of the wife is that of submission to her husband’s headship (v. 22), and that of the husband is self-sacrificial love for his wife (v. 25). Here we have the only formula for a marriage fulfilling to both.

Family relationships were given special attention at the time of the universal curse on mankind (Genesis 3:16); thus, the God-given family roles, while not impossible to achieve, run contrary to our natures. Obviously, we can’t succeed on our own.

The key to adhering to these principles is noting the example of Christ and His church. The wife is to submit to her husband’s headship (v. 22). “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing” (vv. 23-24). The church, the Bride of Christ, has no legitimate function except under the headship of Christ.

Likewise, we see that Christ gave Himself for the church that He might “sanctify and cleanse it . . . that he might present it to himself a glorious church . . . holy and without blemish” (vv. 26-27). Even now He nourishes and cherishes the church (v. 29). Wives are to submit, as though submitting unto the Lord (v. 22) in everything (v. 24), and husbands are to love as Christ loved us, for “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). JDM

No Accidents

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. —Psalm 37:23

To the child of God, there is no such thing as accident. He travels an appointed way. The path he treads was chosen for him when as yet he was not, when as yet he had existence only in the mind of God.

Accidents may indeed appear to befall him and misfortune stalk his way; but these evils will be so in appearance only and will seem evils only because we cannot read the secret script of God’s hidden providence and so cannot discover the ends at which He aims….

The man of true faith may live in the absolute assurance that his steps are ordered by the Lord. For him, misfortune is outside the bounds of possibility. He cannot be torn from this earth one hour ahead of the time which God has appointed, and he cannot be detained on earth one moment after God is done with him here. He is not a waif of the wide world, a foundling of time and space, but a saint of the Lord and the darling of His particular care. WTA003-004

Lord, it’s comforting to know that today and every day You are directing my life by the preset plans that are known only to You. I’ll rest in that, whatever may come my way today. Amen.

“Someone” Really Is There

Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (Psalm 105:4)

Wherever faith has proved itself to be real, it has inevitably had upon it a sense of the “present” God. The holy Scriptures possess in marked degree this feeling of actual encounter with a real Person.

The men and women of the Bible talked with God. They spoke to Him and heard Him speak in words they could understand. With Him they held person-to-person converse, and a sense of shining reality is upon their words and deeds.

This sense of “Someone there” filled the members of the early Christian church with abiding wonder. The solemn delight which those early disciples knew sprang straight from the conviction that there was One in the midst of them—they were in the very Presence of God!

This sense of “Someone” there makes religion invulnerable to critical attack. It secures the mind against collapse under the battering of the enemy. Those who worship the God who is present may ignore the objection of unbelieving men!

Faith in Jesus is more than a match

Faith in Jesus is more than a match for worldly trials, temptations, unbelief, and overcomes them all. The same absorbing principle shines in the faithful service of God; with an enthusiastic love for Jesus, difficulties are surmounted, sacrifices become pleasures, sufferings are honors. But if religion is thus a consuming passion in the heart, then it follows that there are many persons who profess religion, but have it not; for what they have will not bear this test. Examine yourself, my reader, on this point. Aaron’s rod proved its heaven-given power. Is your religion doing so? If Christ be anything, he must be everything. Oh, rest not till love and faith in Jesus be the master passions of your soul!