VIDEO Yesterday – All My Hope

 

Yesterday

You shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. —Isaiah 52:12

Security from Yesterday. “…God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

Security for Tomorrow. “…the Lord will go before you….” This is a gracious revelation— that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste….” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

The fiery furnaces are there by God’s direct permission. It is misleading to imagine that we are developed in spite of our circumstances; we are developed because of them. It is mastery in circumstances that is needed, not mastery over them. The Love of God—The Message of Invincible Consolation, 674 R


Crowder – All My Hope ft. Tauren Wells

Remaining Faithful Through Persecution in 2019

Many people suffer from depression this time of year, and I believe it has a lot to do with memories of Christmases past, and maybe a little trepidation regarding what’s to come as our calendars turn over, yet again.

As Christians, we see the chaos in the world and continue looking up for the blessed hope of our Savior’s return.  But still, He tarries, not willing that any should perish.  The Great Harvest is coming, but God’s people have been asleep at their post.  Instead of occupying until He returns, standing our ground and being the salt of the world,  it seems the vast majority are only concerned about their own salvation, and instead of praying, sowing and reaping souls for the Kingdom, all we do is just “look up,”  waiting for Jesus to come for US.

I’ve been a bit sad myself.  You see, it’s now been 12 years since we were able to spend Christmas with my parents.  Both passed away in 2007.  One night in March of that year, my Dad was rushed to the emergency room with blood pressure problems.  He didn’t know then that he would never return home again.  Within four months, he was gone from this world.   Four months after that, my Mom followed.  I miss them, especially at Christmas time.  How they loved our kids — their grandchildren.  I wish they could see how they’ve grown, all they have accomplished.  They would be proud of them.  And how they would have dearly loved OUR grandchildren — their GREAT grandchildren, so sweet and precious.  But they left this world before our kids came of age; they never got to see them finish school, get married or have children.

That is sad for me, but even sadder is the fact that I’m actually GLAD they’re not here to see what has become of our nation and our world.  The Lord, mercifully, took them home just in time, before the great OBAMAnation took hold — which brought such desolation, confusion, division, and deception to our land.  It’s only been 12 Christmases, but so much has happened since then.  It’s not the same world.

As the new year dawns, we wonder what it will bring.  Yes, because we are God’s children, we can rejoice in the hope that we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  But we also dread the coming persecution that Scripture clearly tells us IS only going to get worse before that great and terrible day of the LORD.  By the way, if you find that in YOUR Christian walk, you are NOT currently enduring some sort of persecution, however large or small it may be, I would examine your heart and ask yourself whether or not you truly ARE a “good and faithful servant,” occupying, standing your ground for HIS Word and Truth, and fighting the enemy daily.

Let’s take a look at the sequence of events Jesus describes in Matthew 24, as He explains the signs to look for regarding His coming on the Last Day.  We have the “early warning signs,” like false “messiahs,” wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in diverse places.  But in verse 8, Jesus reminds us that this is just the beginning of sorrows.

Starting at Verse 9:

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name’s sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

And then in Verse 14 we have our marching orders:

“And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

So ARE we actively engaged in preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom?  Or are we simply concerned with our OWN selves, our OWN salvation?  Do we just go to church every week and practice a FORM of Godliness, one that’s politically-correct, non-offensive, dancing around the truth, … powerless, vain religion?

Such a shame.  As believers, WE hold all the ANSWERS the world is in desperate need of, but we keep them locked up in a Book we’ll never read, much less share with anyone else… sometimes not even those we love the most.  We lock them behind the four walls of a stained-glass “fortress” and if a confused, deceived lost person SHOULD happen to stumble into our midst, we simply “accept and affirm” them — “loving” them into a false sense of security, as we sing “Jesus loves me this I know.”  We tell them Jesus loves them just the way they are, they need not make any changes.  No need of repentance or turning from sin.  Jesus loves them just the way they are.  In other words, …we LIE to them.

I KNOW this is true, because I hear it every time I’m out on the street witnessing to profoundly lost people.  Even at a “pride” parade, sodomites proudly proclaim, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”  No.  The Bible doesn’t tell them so… the apostate “churches” tell them that.  And more and more so-called “Christian churches” are now singing that song — AND marching as allies in the “pride” parades — pied pipers leading the masses down the broad road that leads to destruction.  All in an attempt to remain popular and well-liked by the world.

Second Thessalonians reminds us that that Great and Terrible Day of the LORD will not come until AFTER there is a great falling away… a great falling away from God’s Word and truth.  A great apostasy.  It’s happening NOW.  If you’re involved in an apostate “church” — or even just an assembly where it’s forbidden to warn the wicked, to shine the light of God’s truth on the darkness and deception of the enemy, I urge you to “come out of her!”  Be about your Father’s business.  OCCUPY until your Savior Jesus Christ returns.  Even if you must stand alone.  Because many DO stand alone.  But a remnant is gathering.  A remnant of believers, still standing, and as we read in Matthew 24, he that shall endure until the end, the same shall be saved.”

I don’t know what the year 2019 will hold.  But I can tell you things are not going to get better.  TRUE Christ-followers are going to be persecuted like never before.  And sadly, not just by the ungodly.  But ESPECIALLY by those who have that “form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.”  Yes, sadly, many CHURCH people, you will find, will be your worst enemies, as they align themselves with the ear-tickling false doctrines of demons, and you draw closer to Christ, seeking to obey all He commanded.

No I don’t claim to be a prophet, but I can read the warning signs.  Recently, the leaders of France and Germany have urged European Union states to open up borders, allowing for more mass migration.  We see how well that has worked in the past for Europe.  We now have “no-go zones” in many cities where non-muslims dare not set foot for fear of being raped, beaten or murdered.  We’re seeing the same even in the heartland of America, in places like Michigan and Minnesota.

Now the “Progressives,” the “Leftists,” — or I may as well just SAY it:  the Socialists — here in America, are crying for a New World Order — a world without borders.  Despite our best efforts, thousands of illegals pour over our southern — and northern borders every day.  This is not only unsustainable, economically.  It’s an invasion.  YES, we SHOULD help those who are truly in fear for their lives as they flee socialism and Sharia  in their homelands.   But in most instances, that is not the case… what IS happening is the invaders are here to force US — the US — into that New World Order, becoming a One World Socialist and Sharia state.  And the public-school brainwashed Leftists here LOVE the idea.

It sort of seems like the “undoing” of God’s plan that He set in motion at the Tower of Babel — when God scattered the people from there and gave them all different languages and over time, different cultures with different values and morals.  But now, in these last days, the enemy wants to REBUILD that Tower of Babel, uniting all nations and cultures under a One-World government.  This is very dangerous, but it’s happening before our eyes.

In England, Prime Minister Theresa May recently declared that pedophiles should be allowed to adopt children.  Those who have come out of the sodomite lifestyle will tell you that pedophilia is the “end-goal” of the LGBT agenda… in fact, many have already added the letter “P” to their LGBT alphabet, because they aren’t even hiding their intentions anymore.  They’re coming for our kids.  Just look at the 11-year-old “drag queen” in New York known as “Desmond is Amazing,” currently being “pimped out” by his so-called “parents” as he dances, gyrates and performs in homosexual night clubs and “gay bars.”  And America cheers him on, encouraged by high-profile celebrities, and appearing on popular TV talk shows.  This sort of child abuse will only increase, until pedophilia is accepted, embraced and celebrated.  And anyone who dares to suggest it is WRONG will immediately be labeled a “homophobe” and a “hateful bigot.”  There’s your persecution, fellow Christian….  but MY question is, will that stop you from speaking the truth?  Because it IS stopping a LOT of professing Christians, as their pastors teach them to purposesly twist the Scriptures while quoting “Judge not,” — the world’s favorite new Bible verse.

We also have ANTIFA; we have one of the two major political parties openly calling for physical attacks on members and supporters of the other party.  We have seen our history re-written and our historical monuments torn down.  We have men “marrying” men and women “marrying” women.  We have a push for “three-way marriages,” we have women marching against sexism as they blatantly and disgustingly sexualize THEMSELVES.   “Drag Queen Story Time” in public libraries and public schools — with parents eagerly and excitedly taking their children there to embrace the “diversity.”  We have Oprah Winfrey promoting the “Shout Your Abortion” movement — where women who have had abortions are encouraged to be proud of that.

Then there’s the thing people seem to care and worry about the most:  the economy.  Experts have predicted a major “reset” in the world economic system coming in 2019.  A world-wide collapse, making way for a new One-World “monetary” system.

As New Years Eve rolls around, many will gather in Times Square and other major cities around the world to celebrate.  The debaucherous festivities will be broadcast worldwide.  It’s been more years than I can recall since I last tuned in to a New Years Eve broadcast, and even then, it was only to shake my head in unbelief at the depravity.  I cannot even IMAGINE what these celebrations are like now.  I don’t know any of the performers or prostitutes that are featured.  I have no interest in watching them shake their puny fists in the face of my God.  But shake them, they will, in a drunken, stoned, hyper-sexualized abomination — reminiscent of the Israelites dancing around the golden calf.  There’s nothing new under the sun.

And they will drink, and they will sing, and they will glorify sodomy, and One World “unity,” and the rise of the feminine and the destruction of the masculine — and they will HATE God, and His people.  And their goal is to celebrate and “party” like they never have before.  But I’m sorry.  I’m in no mood to celebrate.  I am grieved.  I’m grieved at all the lost souls.  I’m grieved at the “inheritance” we are leaving to our children and grandchildren because of our disobedience.   I’m grieved at the apostasy of the churches, for we know, “as go the pulpits so goes the nation.”  As our shepherds refused to disciple their people, we descended into destruction.  Our nation and our world is confused, deceived, lost, and perishing.  And few there be that care enough to wash the scales from their eyes, wake from their stupor and claim the POWER that Christ gave His followers — the power to be soldiers of the cross, life-changers, soul-winners, Gospel-of-the-Kingdom preachers and teachers — and servant-hearted ministers.

In Acts, Chapter 2, Peter quotes from the prophet Joel regarding a great revival in the last days.  Here, God promises to pour out His Spirit on all flesh before that great and terrible day of the LORD… and all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  This tells me there is still some ray of hope for those who are lost.  But in all I’ve learned about the “last days,” I see two distinct groups of people who will be saved from the wrath of Christ upon His return:  those who endure persecution until the end; and those who call upon the name of the Lord.  You see, WE must minister and witness and testify of Christ — starting in our own home towns.  WE have to do that, (not the “professional Christians”), and in doing so, the Bible promises we WILL be persecuted, hated, and put to death.  But those of us who endure ‘til the end will be saved.  And what about those who do the persecuting?  All who HEAR our witness and then call upon the name of the Lord will ALSO be saved!  But how will they hear unless we preach the Word?  Unless we share our testimony.  Do you have the Christ-like courage to preach the truth of God’s Word even to your enemies, even in the midst of persecution?  Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and loving not their own lives, even unto death.”  Are we prepared for that?  Because 2019 just MAY be the year that GOD asks YOU that question, directly.

As seen here at Wisconsin Christian News. Posted here with permission.

Audio CDs and transcripts of this message are available when you call me at (715) 486-8066 or email Rob@WisconsinChristianNews.com.  Ask for message number 242.

By Rob Pue

Why Do People Follow Jesus?

John 6:22-71

When Jesus walked this earth, a vast multitude followed Him. They came for many reasons—some noble, some self-serving. The same is true today. It’s important to understand what motivates people to come to Christ, since not all who seek Him are really His followers. In fact, we should each analyze our own Christian walk by asking ourselves, What do I want from Him? How committed am I to being His disciple?

Many of the people who followed Jesus did so because they had urgent needs that He alone could meet. Everywhere He went, the sick and demon-possessed were brought to Him—this is one of the ways God draws us to Himself. Those who can solve their own problems don’t know they need a Savior.

Others came for sensationalism—to see signs and miracles and feel a thrill of excitement. Today some people come to church or conferences to get pumped up. But mountaintop experiences are always followed by valleys. When challenges come, such people are quick to abandon the Lord.

But Jesus’ disciples followed Him because they genuinely believed that He was the Messiah, the very Son of God (Matt. 16:16). Their commitment went beyond emotions. They wanted to know Christ and walk closely with Him.

Are you more interested in what Jesus can do for you than in just being with Him? Do you find it hard to stay committed without some impressive experience to sustain you? Our physical and emotional needs can draw us to the Lord but cannot sustain our walk with Him. Consider starting the new year by reevaluating your commitment to the Lord.

Count All Your Many Blessings

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.” (Psalm 65:11) 

At year’s end, a Christian should stop to count his blessings. If he does this fairly and fully, no matter what his problems may have been during the year, he will have to confess that God, as always, has crowned the year with goodness.

The coronation figure is frequently used in Scripture to speak of God’s blessings in the Christian life. For example: “Bless the LORD. . . Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:2, 4). Even our testings and trials are always in the context of God’s grace and love. Christ Himself wore a crown of thorns so that we may be crowned with mercy and salvation.

Consider also Psalm 5:12: “For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” The word “compass” is the same Hebrew word as “crown,” with the basic meaning “encircle.” Other jewels in the believer’s year-end crown are God’s grace and glory. “[Wisdom] shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” (Proverbs 4:9).

Then there is the wonderful testimony that “thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5). Finally, the believer’s crown is none other than the Lord Himself: “In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people” (Isaiah 28:5).

Most Christians have an abundance of material blessings for which to thank the Lord. Even if they have none of these, however, God has crowned the year with goodness and favor, with lovingkindness and tender mercies, with grace and glory and honor and, best of all, with His own presence. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). HMM

Thy Testimonies are wonderful

Psalm 119:129-136, 145-152, 169-176

Psalm 119:129

Tertullian said, “I adore the fulness of the Scriptures.” This is well, but it is better still to stand in awe of their authority, and cheerfully yield obedience to their precepts.

Psalm 119:131

When the word really enters the soul, it creates a strong desire for more holiness. Light outside may condemn, but light within works savingly upon the soul.

Psalm 119:134

When others by their unkindness hinder us in the Lord’s ways, our best course is to carry our case to the Lord, for he is the guardian of the oppressed.

Psalm 119:150, 155

When enemies are near, our Great Friend is near too, and therefore we do not fear.

Psalm 119:152

Our faith does not waver, for the promises are immutable and eternal.

Psalm 119:176

In this humble prayerful manner this long Psalm closes, and so will the believers life-story end. Confession mourns a thousand faults, faith sees grace still alive within the soul, and prayer pleads for divine mercy. With such a prayer our earthly life will come to a fitting FINIS.

 

Father, I bless thy gentle hand;

How kind was thy chastising rod,

That forc’d my conscience to a stand,

And brought my wand’ring soul to God.

 

Foolish and vain, I went astray

Ere I had felt thy scourges, Lord;

I left my guide, and lost my way,

But now I love and keep thy word.

 


Jerusalem, my happy home,

When shall I come to thee?

When shall my sorrows have an end?

Thy joys when shall I see?

 

Thy walls are made of precious stones,

Thy bulwarks diamond square;

Thy gates are of right orient pearl,

Exceeding rich and rare.

 

Thy turrets and thy pinnacles

With carbuncles do shine;

Thy very streets are paved with gold,

Surpassing clear and fine.

 

The Glory of God’s Perfections

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. (Psalm 29:2)

I hope that if I am remembered at all it will be for this reason: I have spent my efforts and my energies trying to turn the direction of the people away from the external elements of religion to those that are internal and spiritual.

I have tried to take away some of the clouds in the hope that men and women would be able to view God in His glory. I would like to see this sense of glory recaptured throughout the church—too many Christians do not expect to experience any of the glory until they see Him face to face!

Within our Christian fellowship and worship, we must recapture the Bible concepts of the perfection of our God Most High! We have lost the sense and the wonder of His awe-fullness, His perfection, His beauty.

Oh, I feel that we should preach it, sing it, write about it, talk about it and tell it until we have recaptured the concept of the Majesty of God!

Only that can be beautiful ultimately which is holy—and we who belong to Jesus Christ should know the true delight of worshiping God in the beauty of His holiness!

 

No Stranger In Heaven

“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” Ps. 73:24

From day to day and from year to year my faith believes in the wisdom and love of God, and I know that I shall not believe in vain. No good word of His has ever failed, and I am sure that none shall ever fall to the ground.

I put myself into His hand for guidance. I know not the way that I should choose: the Lord shall choose mine inheritance for me. I need counsel and advice; for my duties are intricate, and my condition is involved. I seek to the Lord, as the High Priest of old looked to his Urim and Thummim. The counsel of the infallible God I seek in preference to my own judgment or the advice of friends. Glorious Jehovah, thou shalt guide me!

Soon the end will come: a few more years, and I must depart out of this world unto the Father. My Lord will be near my bed. He will meet me at Heaven’s gate: He will welcome me to the glory land. I shall not be a stranger in Heaven: my own God and Father will receive me to its endless bliss.

 

Glory be to Him Who will guide me here, and receive me hereafter. Amen.

 

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