“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” -Romans 8:1
The Christian can strive for the loftiest goals of devotion without fear; we can fail and get up time and time again without detriment to our hope or joy because our standing before God is fixed upon the perfect work of Christ and His love for us is immutable and unassailable. -Paul Washer via Twitter
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” -Isaiah 50:10-11
Those of greatest devotion may experience some of the deepest darkness. It is often in the dark times of our life that our own faith grows the most.
-Bro. Josh Wilson (excerpts from Sunday Evening Sermon from Isaiah 50:3-4, 10-11 – Walking in Darkness)
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“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” -John 4:24
Truth is what fuels the response of our inner man. It is doctrine that will move you to devotion–anything less is just fluff.
-excerpt from Anthony Vance’s Sunday Evening Sermon
“Then God spoke all these words.” –Exodus 20:1
With that, the Bible gives us the greatest “to do” list in all of human history—the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:1-17). In this little record, the eternal God summarizes His sinless character, codifies it into a list of requirements for mankind, and provides us a basis for spiritual life and ethical conduct.
The Ten Commandments have fallen out of favor in our society, and great legal wars are being fought over its right to adorn courtroom walls and public spaces. But think how horrible it would be to live in a world in which the Ten Commandments didn’t exist. One Holocaust survivor, reflecting on the unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz, said that it was like a world in which all the Ten Commandments were reversed.
If you’d like an easy way to memorize the Ten Commandments (or to help your children to do so), here’s an old British school poem that will help:
Above all else love God alone;
Bow down to neither wood or stone.
God’s name refuse to take in vain;
The Sabbath rest with care maintain.
Respect your parents all your days;
Hold sacred human life always.
Be loyal to your chosen mate;
Steal nothing, neither small nor great.
Report, with truth, your neighbor’s deed;
And rid your mind of selfish greed.
[from My All in All by Robert J. Morgan, June 18 entry]
“The trees of the Lord are full of sap.” -Psalm 104:16
Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a Christian. There must be life—a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy Spirit—or we cannot be trees of the Lord. What a secret thing the sap is! The roots go searching through the soil, but we cannot see them transform the mineral into the vegetable. This work is done down in the dark. Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid in Him. This is the secret of the Lord. In the Christian, the divine life is always full of energy.
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” -John 14:18
He Will Return
He left us, and yet we are not left orphans. He is our comfort, and He is gone; but we are not comfortless. Our comfort is that He will come to us, and this is consolation enough to sustain us through His prolonged absence. Jesus is already on His way: He says, “I come quickly”: He rides posthaste toward us. He says, “I will come”: and none can prevent His coming, or put it back for a quarter of an hour. He specially says, “I will come to you”; and so He will. His coming is specially to and for His own people. This is meant to be their present comfort while they mourn that the Bridegroom doth not yet appear.
When we lose the joyful sense of His presence we mourn, but we may not sorrow as if there were no hope. Our LORD in a little wrath has hid Himself from us for a moment, but He will return in full favor. He leaves us in a sense, but only in a sense. When He withdraws, He leaves a pledge behind that He will return. O LORD, come quickly! There is no life in this earthly existence if Thou be gone. We sigh for the return of Thy sweet smile. When wilt Thou come unto us? We are sure Thou wilt appear; but be Thou like a roe, or a young hart. Make no tarrying, O our God!
-by Charles H. Spurgeon in Faith’s Checkbook (February 4 entry)
It was another great Sunday at New Life Baptist Church (always in the Lord)! Here’s your brief recap, which by no means does the day any justice. Get a CD if you had to miss it for some reason.
Devotion (Steve Dawson)
The Character of Genuine Saving Faith
There’s not a verse that sums it up, they’re all sooooo good!
Sunday School (Steve Dawson)
“It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.” -John 18:14
The reason Christ was born was to die.
Sunday Morning Sermon (Pastor Steve Wainright)
“So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…” -Colossians 1:10-11
*Know God’s Word if you want to be filled with the knowledge of His will.
*How can we walk worthy of God? (I John 2:6; I Peter 2:21)
Sunday Evening Sermon (Pastor Steve Wainright)
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility…” -Ephesians 2:14
*Tabernacle: Courtyard (People)>Holy Place (Priest)>Most Holy Place (High Priest)
God tore down the middle wall through Christ!
*Before you can approach GOd, you have to deal with your sin.
*The altar represents God’s holiness, His justice, His hate for sin.
*At the altar, you’d probably see blood, representing God’s wrath.
*There must be a sacrifice to approach God.
*Christ is the propitiation for our sins. (Romans 3:25)
*The Perfect Lamb became the Perfect Priest and also became the Perfect Altar!
*Since He has done so much for us, how then shall we live? (Romans 12:1) As living sacrifices.
AMEN and amen! Happy Monday! :o)
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
The Lord Ever Present
The One who created the valley is there with you! He has prepared the way through the valley. It is not a place of permanence but a place of passage.
He knows every twist and turn, every changing shadow, every den where danger lurks — that One is with you! Focus on the light and not the darkness. God has made you to walk through shadows. When the shadow approaches, you must walk through.
The One greater than death is in you! He is your Jehovah Shamah — the Lord ever-present. His grace is greater. His peace is purer. His devotion is dearer. Where Satan casts a shadow, our Sovereign Lord reigns supreme.
This is a day of hope. Meditate on 1 John 4:4 throughout the day and ask God to give you a divine appointment to share this beloved truth with someone today.
by Adrian Rogers of Love Worth Finding Ministries
A Thought to Welcome the Month of May
I often read the “Good Morning” page on the Way of the Master website. They have morning and evening Spurgeon devotions featured on that page from another website. His devotionals are always thought-provoking.
Here is the one from this morning:
“His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers.”
Song of Solomon 5:13
Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty. Come my soul, put on thine holiday attire and go forth to gather garlands of heavenly thoughts. Thou knowest whither to betake thyself, for to thee “the beds of spices” are well known, and thou hast so often smelt the perfume of “the sweet flowers,” that thou wilt go at once to thy well-beloved and find all loveliness, all joy in him. That cheek once so rudely smitten with a rod, oft bedewed with tears of sympathy and then defiled with spittle—that cheek as it smiles with mercy is as fragrant aromatic to my heart. Thou didst not hide thy face from shame and spitting, O Lord Jesus, and therefore I will find my dearest delight in praising thee. Those cheeks were furrowed by the plough of grief, and crimsoned with red lines of blood from thy thorn-crowned temples; such marks of love unbounded cannot but charm my soul far more than “pillars of perfume.” If I may not see the whole of his face I would behold his cheeks, for the least glimpse of him is exceedingly refreshing to my spiritual sense and yields a variety of delights. In Jesus I find not only fragrance, but a bed of spices; not one flower, but all manner of sweet flowers. He is to me my rose and my lily, my heart’s- ease and my cluster of camphire. When he is with me it is May all the year round, and my soul goes forth to wash her happy face in the morning-dew of his grace, and to solace herself with the singing of the birds of his promises. Precious Lord Jesus, let me in very deed know the blessedness which dwells in abiding, unbroken fellowship with thee. I am a poor worthless one, whose cheek thou hast deigned to kiss! O let me kiss thee in return with the kisses of my lips.
Compliments of CCEL.