VIDEO Seeing the Invisible – Rod and Reproofs

 

And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”  Genesis 41:38

Proverbs offers two paths to wisdom: the rod and reproofs of life. The rod is used by authorities while reproofs are life’s way of saying, “Don’t do that again!” Joseph learned quickly from life’s reproofs.

Joseph learned from his youthful errors and committed himself to a life of submission to God’s will and plan for his life. When he was young, he acted thoughtlessly in revealing his dreams and his father’s favoritism to his brothers (Genesis 37:3-11). After being sold as a slave into Egypt, he appeared to have gained a humility and seriousness that served him well for the rest of his life. For some of us, it takes multiple bouts with the rod and reproof to gain perspective. For Joseph, it only took one painful lesson on the downfall that awaits the proud. From then on, his challenges revealed that his heart was committed to trusting God.

When life brings reproofs, they will reveal who we are at our core. Embrace them and gain wisdom and maturity. Reject them and forfeit the lessons they offer.

The rough hewing of reproof is only to square us for the heavenly build.
D. L. Moody


Seeing the Invisible, 2 Corinthians 4:18 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study

A Religion that Asks Us to Kill for God… is No Religion at All

 

 

As a very young man this writer read Kahlil Gibran’s book “The Prophet” but I saw no particular significance to the book because at the time my belief in God was nearly non-existent. It was a bit quasi philosophical, but no more than that in my way of thinking.

A cursory examination of Islam in college and seminary could not prepare me for what Islam revealed about itself in the coming years ahead.

Like most Americans it was not until after the events of 9/11 that I began to dig into the basics of Islam and the Qu’ran. After seeing the call for death and pain to all those who were not Muslim in that book, I knew that this was a nightmare, not a religion.

Killing for God is not part of the New Testament and in fact only dying for God or others was allowed. Jesus Christ did the work already because he died for everyone so those who wanted to unite with God could thorough his death which covered all their sins and provided a reconciliation with God.

But the world has been using the term “three great religions” for such a long time now, that any search regardless of how honest it is, will be disregarded in order to keep the myth alive.

The world doesn’t need three religions – it has always needed one Savior to get it out of its greatest problem – the sinfulness of the human heart.

In Judaism we have a religion that missed the time of God’s visitation and consequently missed the Savior entirely.

In Islam they replaced the Savior with a so called “prophet” who went into the caves at Medina and came out proclaiming a great vision that he thought was Satanic. What made him change his mind is not certain, but many insist it was his wife.

In Christianity a man went about healing the sick, raising the dead and preaching the gospel of salvation. He capped his work with a resurrection from the dead. This is salvation and if we insist on making it a religion, it is the only faith that qualifies as actually producing a Savior.

The word “religion” is grossly mis-used in our world, but the Bible does not flaunt this word. In fact, the word “religion” is not found at all in the Old Testament and it is used only five times in the New Testament.

Of the five times “religion” is used in the New Testament, only once is it given a definition and that is found in the epistle of James. (James 1:27)

Comparing religions is one thing, but when a religion joins with a political power and a judicial system to take the life of one woman whose only crime was to offer a drink of water to another that is no “great religion” by anyone’s definition.

Asia Bibi was charged with that crime and sentenced to death for it, but now has been released. With a $375,000 bounty on her head for anyone who kills her and death threats on those judges who freed her. It is apparent that the 97% of the Muslims in Pakistan who are calling for her death are once again proving that Islam is no “great religion.”

This is not criticism for criticism’s sake, but it is an assessment of a false religion that has driven entire nations to harbor the pure falsehood that God is not a God of mercy.

Asia Bibi’s life is fuel for the madness of Islam throughout yet another Muslim dominated country. We don’t wonder why Amnesty International said in a statement, “Blasphemy laws in Pakistan “have been used to target religious minorities, pursue personal vendettas, and carry out vigilante violence. On the basis of little or no evidence, the accused will struggle to establish their innocence while angry and violent mobs seek to intimidate the police, witnesses, prosecutors, lawyers and judges.”

Giving up a life or taking a life is in direct defiance of the commandment not to kill. The clear admonition of the Lord is to quit sanctimonious sacrifice and start showing some real mercy.

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice… (Mt 9:13a)

Being willing to sacrifice another’s life to placate God, is an idea that comes from Satan, not a “great religion.”

 

By  Michael Bresciani

https://barbwire.com/a-religion-that-asks-us-to-kill-for-god-is-no-religion-at-all/

Work of the Holy Spirit

John 16:7-15

If someone asked what the Holy Spirit does, how would you answer? Some Christians may not be aware of what He is accomplishing in their life, but the Spirit’s work isn’t a total mystery—Scripture tells us what the role of our divine Helper is.

He convicts us of sin (John 16:8). This is the first step in awakening us to our need for salvation. But even afterwards, the Spirit continues revealing sin in our life so we can immediately confess and receive forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

He guides us into all truth (John 16:13-14). The Holy Spirit teaches about Jesus Christ and God’s Word, and He helps us discern the difference between truth and error.

He fills us (Eph. 5:18). To be filled with the Spirit means that He is directing our path, much like a ship that is driven along by the wind filling its sails. This requires that we surrender our life to Him, acknowledging that He owns us and has the right to lead.

He bears fruit through us (Gal. 5:22-23). The Spirit produces qualities we could never consistently display on our own: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Although the Holy Spirit indwells and seals us immediately upon salvation, His work within each believer takes a lifetime. He is our constant Helper, who transforms us into Christ’s image and equips us for our daily challenges so we don’t have to struggle through life in our own strength. In all of our difficulties, conflicts, and heartaches, He guides our way, guards our hearts, and gives us His wisdom.

Beware of the False Teachers

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.” (2 Peter 3:17)

Peter’s final epistle, especially chapters 2 and 3, is the classic New Testament passage on the false teachers that would plague the church in the “last days” (v. 3). In addition to the characteristics listed in the introductory verse, 2:1 (e.g., slipping in surreptitiously heretical teachings, denying the redemptive work and Lordship of Christ), a number of their attributes are predicted for our guidance, as follows:

They will “wrest the scriptures” (3:16), distorting their literal meaning to conform to their own philosophical preferences. This involves using “feigned words” (2:3)—that is, plastic words, with devious meanings to make them say what their users wish to convey. They may well be very eloquent and seductive in their speech, “when they speak great swelling words of vanity” (2:18).

They will deny the doctrine of special creation and the judgment of the worldwide Flood (3:5-6), teaching instead that “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (v. 4), and will scoff at the Second Coming. They “despise government” and are “presumptuous” and “selfwilled . . . not afraid to speak evil of dignities” (2:10).

They both practice and defend immoral acts, “having eyes full of adultery” (v. 14). Yet they maintain their religious ties because they have hearts “exercised with covetous practices” (v. 14), seeing nothing evil in taking money for personal gain from those whose faith they seek to undermine.

This is, indeed, a fitting description of many modern liberal theologians, religious bureaucrats in the big denominations, “New Age” preachers, college teachers of religion, etc. Although this is not a pleasant subject, Christians urgently need to awaken to what is happening and “beware”! HMM

Don’t Substitute Praying for Obeying, it won’t work

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

—1 Samuel 15:22

Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late—and how little revival has resulted?

Considering the volume of prayer that is ascending these days, rivers of revival should be flowing in blessing throughout the land. That no such results are in evidence should not discourage us; rather it should stir us to find out why our prayers are not answered….

I believe our problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying; and it simply will not work….

Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience. The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures that is not accompanied by obedience. To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble.   OGM055-057

Search me, O God, and know my heart; show me any wicked way that needs to be corrected in my own life before revival can come. I’m praying for revival; help me to also be obeying. Amen.

 

Take heed, and be quiet, fear not

Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be faint-hearted.—Isaiah 7:4.

 

Though everything without fall into confusion, and though thy body be in pain and suffering, and thy soul in desolation and distress, yet let thy spirit be unmoved “by it all, placid and serene, delighted in and with its God inwardly, and with His good pleasure outwardly.

Gerhard Tersteegen.

 

To say each morning, “I must have things weariful, painful, to bear today, and they shall all be offered up beforehand as my heart’s sacrifice; they shall be, not fought against, but received calmly and as welcome, for His sake who suffers them to come,” gives a dignity, a purpose, nay, a very joy to what otherwise is all cheerless annoyance.

H. L. Sidney Lear.

 

As soon as anything presents itself to your mind as a suffering, and you feel a repugnance to it, resign yourself immediately to God with respect to it; give yourself up to Him in sacrifice, and you will find that, when the cross arrives, it will not be so very burdensome, because you had disposed yourself to a willing reception of it.

Madame Guyon.

 

Deliverance From the Dust And Chaff

“For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.” Amos 9:9

The sifting process is going on still. Wherever we go, we are still being winnowed and sifted. In all countries God’s people are being tried “like as corn is sifted in a sieve.” Sometimes the devil holds the sieve, and tosses us up and down at a great rate, with the earnest desire to get rid of us for ever. Unbelief is not slow to agitate our heart and mind with its restless fears. The world lends a willing hand at the same process, and shakes us to the right and to the left with great vigor. Worst of all, the church, so largely apostate as it is, comes in to give a more furious force to the sifting process.

Well, well! let it go on. Thus is the chaff severed from the wheat. Thus is the wheat delivered from dust and chaff. And how great is the mercy which comes to us in the text, “yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth”! All shall be preserved that is good, true, gracious. Not one of the least of believers shall be lost, neither shall any believer lose anything worth calling a loss. We shall be so kept in the sifting that it shall be a real gain to us through Christ Jesus.