VIDEO My Life’s Spiritual Honor and Duty – To Live is Christ

My Life’s Spiritual Honor and Duty

I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians… —Romans 1:14

Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent his life to express it. The greatest inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel that same sense of indebtedness to Christ regarding every unsaved soul? As a saint, my life’s spiritual honor and duty is to fulfill my debt to Christ in relation to these lost souls. Every tiny bit of my life that has value I owe to the redemption of Jesus Christ. Am I doing anything to enable Him to bring His redemption into evident reality in the lives of others? I will only be able to do this as the Spirit of God works into me this sense of indebtedness.

I am not a superior person among other people— I am a bondservant of the Lord Jesus. Paul said, “…you are not your own…you were bought at a price…” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul sold himself to Jesus Christ and he said, in effect, “I am a debtor to everyone on the face of the earth because of the gospel of Jesus; I am free only that I may be an absolute bondservant of His.” That is the characteristic of a Christian’s life once this level of spiritual honor and duty becomes real. Quit praying about yourself and spend your life for the sake of others as the bondservant of Jesus. That is the true meaning of being broken bread and poured-out wine in real life.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

When a man’s heart is right with God the mysterious utterances of the Bible are spirit and life to him. Spiritual truth is discernible only to a pure heart, not to a keen intellect. It is not a question of profundity of intellect, but of purity of heart. Bringing Sons Unto Glory, 231 L


To Live is Christ  – Parachute Band

The Meaning of The Book of Revelation

I was always asking, “What’s it all about?”

 

The Meaning of The Book of Revelation
A twisted mess of conflicting desires.  We want what we want until we get it,  then we wonder why we wanted it to begin with. So often the wanting is much more fulfilling than the getting because the having is always transitory and the losing is inevitable.

Does that about sum up your experience in the world?  It did mine until I met Jesus and committed my life to Him.  The answer never quite fit the question.  Or was it that the question never quite fit the answer.  Either way I always ended up half way home half of the time standing on a cold corner waiting to die alone.

“What’s it all about?”

I was always asking, “What’s it all about?”  Everything seemed so senseless.  You work hard all your life and then you die with no U-Haul behind the hearse and no pockets in the shroud.  As they used to say in the old neighborhood, “Life’s a # and then you die.”

Once I gave my life to Jesus things changed.  Hope was birthed in my life and joy filled my heart.  Along the way I found two things that didn’t fit the mold of the having not fulfilling the expectation of the wanting.  Giving my life to Jesus has proven to be much more than I ever could have expected.  And the gift of my wife and the life we have together in Christ grows deeper each day and is better than I ever dreamed possible.

But as to the “What’s it all about?” question God did not leave us without an answer.  Many seek it in the Book of Revelation.  I have found it there and I want to share it with all who can receive it.

In the Sci-Fi classic “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the mice ask the ultimate question, “What is the meaning to life, the universe, and everything?”  Although an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years eventually comes up with the answer, “42”, it somehow leaves everyone a bit unsatisfied.

In real life there is an answer to this ultimate question.  His name is Jesus.

Jesus is God, God wins in the end, and no matter how bad it gets we should pray

It is only through my hope in Him that I can walk through this hopeless world.  It is only through my joy in Him that I can face the sorrow of knowing that everything in this world that isn’t in Him is meaningless.  Life in this world is a race around a circle looking for a point.  You’re young forever until you’re old.  Almost everyone says, “If I would have known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself” but few ever do even after they know this truth. The young disregard the old and the old disrespect the young.  One hand washes another yet neither hand is ever clean.

The religions of this world seek to make us gods.  The religion of God seeks to make us Gods’.  We cannot possess that which we do not have and that which does not have us seeks to possess us.  We enter this world lost and God wants us to find Him so that we can find ourselves in Him.  What is the sound of one hand clapping?  It is the sound of fingers slapping the heel of our hand.  What is the answer to the unanswerable question?  It’s found in my exegesis of the entire book of Revelation in one sentence:

Jesus is God, God wins in the end, and no matter how bad it gets we should pray, “Even so come Lord Jesus.”

There you go.  That’s it.  In other words, “Know Jesus and know peace or, no Jesus and no peace.  Every one of us gets to choose for ourselves and in the perfect economy of God through His perfect justice each of us gets what we choose.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens

https://canadafreepress.com/article/the-meaning-of-the-book-of-revelation

 

The Solution for Anxiety

1 Peter 5:6-7

Do you sometimes feel as if you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Burdens come in all forms, but they have one thing in common—they weigh us down and wear us out. And the longer we carry them, the heavier they seem. Unless we deal with them properly, they can cloud our thinking, interfere with our work, and affect our family life.

The world’s answers for anxiety are temporary at best, but Jesus Christ offers the only permanent solution. He invites us to cast our worries and concerns on Him because He cares for us. He’s our faithful High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses and intercedes for us with His Father (Heb. 4:15; Heb. 7:25).

As the Son of Man, Jesus experienced firsthand the difficulties and burdens of earthly life. He knew how to live on meager financial resources without feeling anxious (Matt. 8:20) and how to trust His Father while under great emotional distress (Luke 22:42-44). He experienced betrayal by Judas Iscariot and rejection by His own people. And while Jesus never sinned, He faced temptations just as we do.

If you are struggling under the pressures of daily living, what is keeping you from giving your burden to Christ? Perhaps you’ve tried, but the heavy load of concern just seems to keep rolling back onto your shoulders. It takes humility to admit we can’t handle things ourselves, and it takes trust to allow God to work the situation out according to His will. But if we’ll surrender the burden to Him, the only thing we have to lose is our anxiety.

In Him Is No Darkness at All

“. . . in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

Some have suggested that the gospel message is the most important truth in the Bible—and, perhaps, from a temporal human standpoint it may well be. However, there is another, more frequent message throughout all of Scripture here summarized by John: “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

In the Bible, God’s “light” is clearly focused on intellectual and moral holiness. That unique holy nature both drives and limits the revelation of Himself to His creation.

In the intellectual sense, God is the source of all truth (Psalm 119:130; Psalm 36:9). The holiness of God requires truth, and because of His holiness God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Whenever God reveals anything, He must reveal the truth about Himself and His nature.

The opposite of truth, even though it may contain some truth, is the active agent that opposes God’s truth as it is revealed to His creation.

Lies (darkness) oppose the revelation of that truth:

  • In the created “things” (universe)
  • In the written Word (Scripture)
  • In the “new” creation (salvation)

The incarnate Creator God must reveal truth and cannot “be” untruth. When God speaks, He must speak truth. When God acts, He must “do” truth. God’s holiness demands that the creation not distort anything about God—or about the creation itself.

God could not create a lie—He could not make anything that would inexorably lead us to a wrong conclusion. God could not create processes that would counter His own nature—or that would lead us to conclude something untrue about Him. HMM III

Let not your heart be troubled

John 14:1-14

After the supper was over our Lord addressed his disciples in language full of loving concern for them. He knew that his absence would greatly distress them, and therefore he poured forth a stream of consolations. How many thousands of tried believers have been comforted by these gracious words? All Scripture is as a garden of sweet flowers, but this passage may be compared to the rose, for its marvellous beauty and sweetness.

John 14:1

Though I die do not doubt me, rest in your Saviour as you do in your God.

John 14:2

His absence would not grieve them if they remembered the errand on which he was gone. We may well spare the bodily presence of Jesus from this world now that we know he has gone to prepare our eternal resting place.

John 14:5

Probably his notion was that our Lord would go to Nazareth or Galilee or some remote place to be anointed king, and prepare places for his followers, and therefore in his cool, thoughtful, practical way he sought for information. He did not know that the Lord referred to his return to glory.

John 14:6-8

Here another good disciple betrayed his ignorance, he had not yet grasped the idea of the essential union of the Father and the Son.

John 14:9

Till the Spirit of God illuminates the mind we learn little even from the best of teachers. God was in Christ most evidently, and yet Philip did not perceive it.

John 14:10, 11

What meaning can there be in these words if Jesus be not Divine, and one with the Father? No clearer statement of his Godhead could be given.

John 14:12

As God, the Lord Jesus not only had infinite power in himself but he was able to delegate it to others. His apostles wrought great miracles, and his believing disciples worked mighty spiritual works, so that more converts were brought to the faith by their testimony, than were called by the personal ministry of the Lord himself; and this, because through the Lord’s ascension into glory the Spirit of God was more fully given.

John 14:13, 14

“Good prayers,” says Bishop Hall, “never come weeping home. I am sure that I shall receive either what I ask or what I should ask.” If the best of blessings are to be had for the asking, he who will not ask deserves to go without.

 

Can we mourn as broken-hearted,

We who hang upon thy love,

Jesus for our sake departed

To thy Father’s house above?

 

Source of all our consolations,

There we our Forerunner see:

In those lasting habitations

Thou hast found a place for me.

 

All our hopes and souls we venture

On thy never-failing word,

Sure into thy joy to enter,

Sure to triumph with our Lord.

 

Unfortunately Repentance Is Rare

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. (Luke 15:10)

Humans, deceived by the devil and charmed by their own pride and abilities, deny that our world is a rebel province in God’s universe. They deny that human society has willfully pulled loose from God’s rule and the rest of God’s domain.

In fact, they deny that men and women are the creation of God. They deny even that they owe any allegiance to God, their Creator!

The Bible is the record of how God deals with mankind and we can draw but one conclusion: all people are morally obligated to repent and to ask forgiveness of God. Failing to do so, they will perish.

How rare it is in our day to hear of genuine repentance. We live amid a proud, selfish and self-sufficient people. Even in our Christian churches there are those who want nothing more than to be known as “respectable church members!” When repentance is real and faith is genuine, the atoning death of Jesus Christ is effective for pardon and forgiveness and regeneration.

 

The Mourner Comforted

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matt. 5:4

By the valley of weeping we come to Zion. One would have thought mourning and being blessed were in opposition, but the infinitely wise Saviour puts them together, in this beatitude. What He has joined together let no man put asunder. Mourning for sin — our own sins, and the sins of others — is the Lord’s seal set upon His faithful ones. When the Spirit of grace is poured upon the house of David, or any other house, they shall mourn. By holy mourning we receive the best of our blessings, even as the rarest commodities come to us by water. Not only shall the mourner be blessed at some future day, but Christ pronounces him blessed even now.

The Holy Spirit will surely comfort those hearts which mourn for sin. They shall be comforted by the application of the blood of Jesus, and by the cleansing power of the Holy Ghost. They shall be comforted as to the abounding sin of their city and of their age by the assurance that God will glorify Himself, however much men may rebel against Him. They shall be comforted with the expectation that they shall be wholly freed from sin before long, and shall soon be taken up to dwell for ever in the glorious presence of their Lord.

 

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