"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!
The darkness creates illusions. The only power the darkness has is to convince you that there is no light. The darkness takes hope away. It makes things look like nothing is going to work out for you...your future promises no change... your hopes are dashed...your dreams are dead...and all you are left with are hard questions. "Do you see what I see?" This question will be a dividing line in these Last Days - bringing a separation among the people. What or Who are you seeing in the midst of your "storms" or "battles"? God's Good News has come into a Bad News world. But you have to LOOK for the Good News. You have to believe that God can bring the BEST OF TIMES in the midst of the WORST OF TIMES in your circumstances.
There are two reasons why people backslide today. One reason is because sin is no longer loathed or rejected as something abominable, detestable, loathsome, or repulsive. The second reason is because these same people take on the worldly mindset that says - "It's all about ME!" In order to avoid backsliding, don't follow JESUS based on a temporal advantage... don't set up camp in this world...and don't allow anyone or anything to steal your love away from Him!
How many people are really walking with God? What does it entail? Are you one of them? You can confess that you are "walking with God" all day long. You can lie and even convince those around you that you are doing so. BUT GOD KNOWS! He knows those who are truly "walking" with Him - as Enoch and Noah. No one - absolutely no one - is "walking with God" who is walking in sin or after the ways of the world and the flesh. It's time - like never before - to GET REAL!
Matthew Henry, the BIble Commentator, considers "giving thanks" to the Lord as paying rent to Him for all of His manifold blessings. To withhold thanksgiving would be very unjust. Have you paid your rent to Jesus for the blessings of this day...this week...this month...or this year? All He asks is that you pay by continually "giving thanks" for all of His benefits.
"Let us never fear as to the future. Jesus is now reigning - though all His enemies are not subdued. He is in the place of power. His dominion is in no jeopardy. He sits because all is safe, and He sits at Jehovah's right hand because omnipotence waits to accomplish His will, Therefore, there is no cause for alarm whatever may happen in the lower world; the sight of Jesus enthroned in divine glory is the sure guarantee that all things are moving onward towards ultimate victory." (Charles Spurgeon) Nothing is so comforting and so animating as to see JESUS at the right hand of God! Do you see Him there today?
Everyone hates to hear "bad news." It is every person's worst nightmare. Only you can imagine what that "bad news" would be for you. It doesn't matter what place or position you have in life - you are not and will never be exempt from receiving "bad news." For example, whether you are rich or poor, male or female, young or old, black or white, married or single, Christian or non-Christian, your life throughout will consist of hearing "good news" as well as the "bad." From this study, we see how it is possible for the believer to enjoy freedom from all fear in the upcoming, "perilous times." It all begins with "trusting in the Lord."
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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