"God only is good, and there is none essentially, originally, and unchangeably good, but God only. His goodness is of and from Himself, and all the goodness in the creature is from Him; He is the fountain of goodness, and whatever the streams are, all the springs are in Him. He is the great Pattern and Sample of goodness; by Him all goodness is to be measured; that is good which is like Him, and agreeable to His mind. We, in our language, call Him God, because He is good." (Matthew Henry)
"This sense of a final, universal judgment is strangely lacking among people today. Most of our pulpits are silent on the matter. Yet, every great revival in the history of the church has brought with it a renewed sense of the final Day of Judgment. As revivalists like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and Charles Finney warned their hearers to flee from the wrath to come, the Word of God fell like a hammer and untold thousands turned to the Savior while there was yet time. If revival is to come to the church again today, we too must recapture the truth that all will stand before our divine Judge." (The Preacher's Commentary) Jesus, Paul, and John all spoke of the awesome Day of Judgment. John mentioned specifically the Lamb's Book of Life in relation to the Final Judgment. Is your name written in this book?
A rebellious people want you to flatter them in their sins. They want you to tell them that all will be well - that no harm or evil will come to them even though they are living in sin. They want to hear of peace, prosperity, and success when destruction is at hand. They want to believe a lie and avoid the truth... dodge the consequences...avoid God as the Holy One of Israel...or make up a god of their own imagination. Are we living in the midst of a "rebellious" people? Are you one of them?
"Boldness is something that is lacking among the average Christian today. Most do not act like lions. They seem almost scared sometimes to let people know they are Christians." (Peter Wade) Those who are "of God" are "bold as a lion." When several were asked - "How can the righteous be bold as a lion?" - one person responded - "By not being afraid to be different than everyone around them. In today's world, it's often looked down upon, or at least considered uncool or weird to try to live a pure life, and so it does take courage from God to stand up for what you believe in and not do what everyone around you is doing." Are you "of God"? Are you "bold as a lion"? Are you a bold threat to the kingdom of darkness?
"The great difficulty on earth everywhere is a 'want of confidence in God' - and this has produced all the ills that man has ever suffered." (Barnes' Notes) Did you know that your focus affects your faith? The two blind men, the centurion, and the woman of Canaan all had their focus on Jesus. Consequently, they all heard Him say in a sense - "According to your faith be it unto you." Abraham kept his focus on the character of God - knowing that He was willing and able to fulfill His promise. The people of Nazareth, on the other hand, had a wrong focus of Jesus which resulted in the power of God being hindered in their midst. Where is your focus today?
"What God looks for mainly in His people is confidence; faithfulness; trust; fidelity." (Barnes' Notes) "A faithful minister of Jesus Christ is one that sincerely designs his Master's honor, not his own; delivers the whole counsel of God, not his own fancies and conceits; follows Christ's institutions, and adheres to them; regards the meanest, reproves the greatest, and doth not respect persons." (Matthew Henry) The quality most needed and important to those in whom a trust is committed is Faithfulness. As a Christian or as a Minister of the Gospel, has God entrusted much into your hands? Then to whom much is given, much is required. God sees you today as being FAITHFUL or UNFAITHFUL! Which is it?
"Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, 'Why will ye die?' This inquiry implies that man should have some reason for persisting in the way that leads to death. It also implies that he has not a satisfactory reason. It is, perhaps, designed to bring man to pause and lead him to consider his ways, and to ask himself why he pursues the way of death. There is no satisfactory reason why men will die. Peristence in sin is utter and suicidal folly." (Pulpit Commentary) God is crying out today to all those who are away from Him, while inquiring - "Why will you die?" Some have chosen the way of death due to their love of sin... rejection of the Truth...persistence in disobedience ...utter selfishness...and desire for the "good life" at whatever cost. You will be judged "according to your ways." What are they saying about you today?
"The Scriptures tell us that we are God's husbandry. Just as the farmer uses many tools in order to bring about a substantial harvest, even so does God have many spiritual tools that He uses to bring about an eternal work in us. Matthew Henry said - 'Afflictions are God's threshing-instrument, designed to loosen us from the world, to separate between us and our chaff, and to prepare us for use. And, as to these, God will make use of them as there is occasion...herein we must acknowledge Him wonderful in counsel and excellent in working.'"
"A woman said to Evangelist D.L. Moody - 'I have found a promise that helps me when I am afraid. It is Psalm 56:3 which says - What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.'
'Mr. Moody replied - I have a better promise than that! It is Isaiah 12:2 which says - I will trust and not be afraid.'"
The woman in this story chose to trust God as the occasion arose. However, D.L. Moody chose to remain - at all times - in an attitude of trust. Who are you more like - the woman or the evangelist?
"Is it not falsehood which corrupts the world? Truth is the essential base for all social happiness. The world is dying of lies, false promises, corrupted motives, pretence, posing - the thousand forms which falsehood takes in men and organizations of men. Nations die for want of Truth." (E.M. Blaiklock - Commentary On Psalms)
The Christian life is a warfare, a struggle, a fight of faith. Every Christian is called to be a soldier. Hence, he is not meant to live a life of religious ease, indolence, or security. The hosts of Satan are committed to hindering and obstructing the work of Christ and to knock the soldier out of combat. The more effective a believer is for the Lord, the more he will experience the savage attacks of the enemy. His success depends entirely on believing.
If we are too much like the world, we are useless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else. Jesus tells us, as He told His disciples, that we must be different if we want to make a difference. We dare not allow the world to dilute our effectiveness. If we do, we are of no value to Him." (Life Application Bible Commentary) Jesus did not call the Church to be conciliatory to society. In other words, He did not call them to be "sugar" to the world. He called them to be "salt" and "light." It behooves every Christian to be attentive to the high and holy calling to which they are called.
Though men are false, God is faithful. Though men are not to be trusted, God is. When are the times bad - very bad? Some would say when there are no jobs.. when there is scarcity of money...a decay of trade...or the desolation of wars. However, the Scriptures say otherwise - it is when iniquity abounds. In Psalm 12, David specifically offers us five (5) indications of when the times are bad - very bad. Listen to this podcast to see how these relate to the days in which we are presently living.
Are you suffering today? Does there seem to be no intermission to your troubles? Does it seem as though God has forgotten you, turned His face from you, and your enemies are winning the battle? This message will give you the key to see your sorrows turned into joy and your sighs turned into songs of praise.
Charles Spurgeon said, "When a man has no devil, he has no God." Are you under attack of "your adversary"? Lately, have you heard his roars meant to intimidate, terrify, and affright you? This message will tell you how you can overcome your adversary and put him to flight.
Like the Colossians, we live in a world of enticing but empty spiritual alternatives to the true knowledge of God as found in His Word. Nowadays, people - generally-speaking - are tired of doctrine - the preaching and teaching of the Word. On the one hand, we have those who are looking for a quick-fix. They don't want to be bothered with knowledge. They want some simple steps on how to live, discern the future, or get their needs met. On the other hand, we have the modern-day "gnostics" who are offering to an elite few - "superior knowledge" - outside of the Word of God - some kind of sensational manifestation, experience, or revelation. Let's get it straight - There is no higher knowledge than God's Word!
How important is it that you believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus? The liberal critics say that it is insignificant, irrelevant, unnecessary, and not meaningful. Some liberal critics go as far as to say that American Christians who believe in the Virgin Birth are "less intellectual" or "intellectually backwards." However, the Scriptures teach that the Virgin Birth brings forth the important truth that JESUS is God. His total distinction from the rest of humanity is brought out in His conception - being both human and divine. Also, implied in the Virgin Birth is the greatest message in the whole world for the people of God - that is, "God with us!" As you reflect on this WONDERFUL MIRACLE of the Virgin Birth, believe for your MIRACLE this Christmas! Where God is, there is the MIRACULOUS! And God is with you through His Son - JESUS!
What is the message of Christmas? Before answering this question, ask yourself the following questions - "What is the most sought after and most elusive treasure in the world? What is the great cry of the world? What constitutes the diligent and devoted effort of world leaders and diplomats at this time?" The answer to all of the above questions is - PEACE! And the message of Christmas is - PEACE!
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Like your page, it is very inspiring...Thank you for Sharing God's Word. You are a very good Teacher and Minister.
thank you Connie for all you messages specially for the giants message ! keep up the good work you are getting through to Australia? We love you sister http://revbrian1.com
Great message Connie. Jeff