Monthly Archives: September 2018

God Sees and Knows all our Struggles

Category : General

Proverbs 15: 3 (KJV)

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good

 

If we look into the Old Testament, we shall find, that the testimony of all the prophets is in perfect correspondence with those words of David, “The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts [1 Chronicles 28:9.].” Sometimes they assert this matter as a thing they know, and are assured of; “I know,” says Job, “that no thought can be withholden from thee [Job 42:2.].” Sometimes, with yet greater energy, they make it a subject of appeal to the whole universe, defying any one to gainsay, or even to doubt, it; “Doth he not see my ways, and count all my steps [Job 31:4.]!” Sometimes they labor to convey this truth under the most impressive images: “His eyes behold, his eye-lids try, the children of men

 

This is a reminder that God not only sees all things by His omnipresence, but His providence is everywhere. And if the consideration that His eye is in every place, have a tendency to appall those whose hearts are not right before Him, and who seek for privacy, that they may commit iniquity; yet the other consideration, that his providence is everywhere, has a great tendency to encourage the upright, and all who may be in perilous or distressing circumstances. The great truths of divinity are of great use to enforce the precepts of morality, and none more than this – That the eye of God is always upon the children of men. 1. An eye to discern all, not only from which nothing can be concealed, but by which everything is actually inspected, and nothing overlooked or looked slightly upon: The eyes of the Lord are in every place; for he not only sees all from on high (Psalm 33:13), but He is everywhere present. Angels are full of eyes (Revelation 4:8), but God is all eye. It denotes not only his omniscience, that he sees all, but his universal providence, that he upholds and governs all. Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under his eye. 2. An eye to distinguish both persons and actions. He beholds the evil and the good, is displeased with the evil and approves of the good, and will judge men according to the sight of his eyes, Psalm 1:6; 11:4. The wicked shall not go unpunished, nor the righteous unrewarded, for God has his eye upon both and knows their true character; this speaks as much comfort to saints as terror to sinners.

 

Have a great and godly day!

 

Pastor C


Dangerous Sin of Self Love

Category : General

2 Timothy 3: 2 (KJV)

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

 

It is proper to remark, first, in what he makes the hardship of those “dangerous” or “troublesome” times to consist; not in war, nor in famine, nor in diseases, nor in any calamities or inconveniences to which the body is incident, but in the wicked and depraved actions of men.

 

It shall be one of the characteristics of those times that men shall be eminently selfish – evidently under the garb of religion; 2 Timothy 3:5. The Greek word here used for lover of self (philautos) does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. It means a lover of oneself, “selfish.” This kind of love interferes with the rights and happiness of no other persons, the focus is ME.

 

It is important to note the usage here is not in a good sense, as men may be, and as such are who love their neighbors as themselves, and do that to others they would have done to themselves; and who take all prudent and lawful care to preserve the life and health of their bodies, and seek in a right way the salvation of their immortal souls: but in a bad sense, as such may be said to be, who only love themselves; their love to God, and Christ, and to the saints, being only in pretense, not in reality; and who do all they do in a religious way, from a principle of self-love, and to selfish and mercenary ends; either to gain glory and applause from men, or to merit something for themselves at the hands of God, without any view to the glory of God, the honor and interest of Christ, and the good of others; and ascribe all they have and do to themselves, to their industry, diligence, power, free will, worth, and merit, and not to the grace of God.

 

The selfishness which is condemned, is that regard to our own interests which interferes with the rights and comforts of others; which makes self the central and leading object of living; and which tramples on all that would interfere with that. As such, it is a base, and hateful, and narrow passion; but it has been so common in the world that no one can doubt the correctness of the prophecy of the apostle that it would exist “in the last times.” This is very dangerous and is a deadly sin that we see prevalent and evident in our society. However, the sad reality is that this characteristic may be seen in the principles and practices of many in the church. This sinful self-love is the root of all the rest that follows in the list. Let us beware, be careful of this great evil–SELF LOVE and INTEREST

 

Have a great and godly day!

 

Pastor C


Contentment in Christ

Category : General

2 Corinthians 11: 3 (KJV)

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

 

It is said that advertisement has one major goal—to make us discontented, woefully dissatisfied with what we have and who we are. Why? So that we will be driven to acquire what they offer no matter the cost.

 

This was the message of the false teachers. Paul had just compared the church to a virgin, soon to be presented as a bride to the Redeemer. The mention of this seems to have suggested to him the fact that the first woman was deceived and led astray by the tempter, and that the same thing might occur in regard to the church which he was so desirous should be preserved pure. The grounds of his fear were: (1)That Satan had seduced the first woman, thus demonstrating that the most holy ones were in danger of being led astray by temptation; (2)That special efforts were made to seduce them from the faith.

 

Paul’s fear was the persuasive arts of the false teachers; the power of philosophy; and the attractive and corrupting influences if not careful would draw them from simple and single-hearted devoutness to Him; from pure and unmixed attachment to Him. The fear was that their affections would be fixed on other objects, and that the singleness and unity of their devoutness to Him would be destroyed. It was also from his pure doctrines. By the admixture of philosophy; by the opinions of the world there was the danger that their minds should be turned away from their hold on the simple truths which Christ had taught.

 

Moreover, from that simplicity of mind and heart; that childlike candor and docility; that freedom from all guile, dishonesty, and deception which so eminently characterized the Redeemer. Christ had a single aim; was free from all guile; was purely honest; never made use of any improper arts; never resorted to false appearances; and never deceived. His followers should in like manner be artless and guileless.

 

Many of our strongest moral propensities remain undiscovered until the force of outward circumstances brings them into action. Moses knew nothing of his impatience; Hazael of his cruelty; Hezekiah of his pride; yet from their youth each one of these had been nourishing the seeds of these evil propensities in their hearts. “Search me, O God! and know my heart,” etc. “The heart is deceitful above all things. Let us not forget that the chief danger of life lies in this moral illusion. It is often hard to persuade us that there is any such danger of deception. Under all deception is self-deception–a secret willingness to be deceived because we have pleasure in unrighteousness and purpose to follow it.

 

Have a great and godly day!

 

Pastor C


God and God ALONE

Category : General

Ecc.7: 13 (KJV)

13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

 

The lyrics, ‘God and God alone is fit to take the universe’s throne. Let everything that lives reserve it’s truest praise for God and God alone’ was rightly said by Steve Green.

 

The scheme of Divine Providence, the course of events which God orders and controls (3:11). It comprises both events which are “straight,” i.e., in accordance with our expectation, and events which are “crooked,” i.e., which by their seeming inequality baffle our comprehension. What we are to understand by “the work of God.” This is an expression often used in the Scriptures, and has different significations. In one place it refers to the two tables of stone, containing the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of God and given to Moses. In another to the reception of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith (John 6:29-30). In a third to the progress of the Gospel, and to the influence of the Holy Spirit in the heart, by which a radical change is effected, and holy tempers produced (Romans 14:20). In the text it is evidently used to point out to us the infinitely wise arrangement of all the situations and circumstances of the sons of men: that the bounds of their habitation are marked out by Him to whom all things in earth and heaven owe their existence

 

It has been noted that this is addressed to those who thought the former days better than the present, and were ready to quarrel with the providence of God, Ecclesiastes 7:10; and are therefore advised to consider the work of God; not the work of creation, but of providence; which is the effect of divine sovereignty, and is conducted and directed according to the counsel of his will, and is always wisely done to answer the best ends and purposes: everything is beautiful in its season; contemplate, adore, and admire the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, displayed therein; it is such as cannot be made better, nor otherwise than it is. Such is the nature of his providence, that it puts money into the hands of few: but wisdom is within the reach of all. The first is not necessary to happiness; therefore, it is not offered to men; the latter is; and therefore God, in his goodness, offers it to the whole human race. The former can rarely be acquired, for God puts it out of the reach of most men, and you cannot make that straight which he has made crooked; the latter may be easily attained by every person who carefully and seriously seeks it from God.

 

Be thou reminded that no man can withstand, or correct, or alter any of God’s works; and therefore, all self-tormenting fretting and discontents at the injuries of men, or calamities of times, are not only sinful, but also vain and fruitless. This reason implies that there is a hand or work of God in all men’s actions, either effecting them if they be good, or permitting them if they be bad, and ordering and overruling them, whether they be good or bad. And God is here said to make things crooked, as he is said to make the hearts of sinners, fat or hard, Isaiah 6:10, and elsewhere, not positively, but privately, because he denies or withdraws from men that wisdom or grace which should make them straight. Here we see that true wisdom won’t try to change or deny what God has done. Rather, the truly wise man will submit to and accept how God governs this universe.

 

Have a great and godly day!

 

 

Pastor C


Deep Things of God

Category : General

1 Cor.2: 10 (KJV)

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

“Some of God’s best truths like priceless treasures, are hidden in depths most folks never take the time to search out.”—Chuck Swindoll

It is noted that deep things are very intriguing. There are so many expeditions to go deep in the jungle, in the ocean, caves, mountains, etc. however, to go deep in God’s word is not as intriguing for many. In the verse immediately preceding our text, which is a citation from the Prophet Isaiah, there is a remarkable difference between the words, as uttered by the Prophet, and as cited by the Apostle. The Apostle quotes only so much as was sufficient to shew that the great mystery of redemption was never conceived by man before it was revealed to us by God.

It is said of him, that “He searcheth all things:” and if He search “the deep things of God,” does He not also search the deep things that are in our hearts? Yes, “He searcheth the heart and trieth the reins,” and discerneth the inmost thoughts and intents of our hearts. “I know,” says He, “the things that come into your minds, every one of them.” Yes, “He weigheth the spirits,” and ascertaineth precisely the measure of good and evil that there is in the heart of every one amongst us. He searches how we receive them; how we improve them; how we answer the end of God in them. And this He (the Holy Spirit) does with a view to a future judgment, that we may all “receive according to what we have done in the body, whether it be good or evil.” This is added for the consolation of the pious, that they may rest more securely in the revelation which they have from the Spirit of God, as though he had said. “Let it suffice us to have the Spirit of God as a witness, for there is nothing in God that is too profound for him to reach.” For such is the import here of the word ‘searcheth’. Therefore, by the deep things we must understand — not secret judgments, which we are forbidden to search into, but the entire doctrine of salvation, which would have been to no purpose set before us in the Scriptures, were it not that God elevates our minds to it by His Spirit.

Let us, then, bear this in mind: let us remember, that He is conversant with every inclination, every affection, every appetite of our souls. The darkness is no darkness with him, but the night is as clear as the day: and as his testimony respecting God is true, so will his testimony respecting us be true. Attend then to the way in which every day and every hour is spent. Mark in what frame our mind is, in all our public or private addresses to the Most High. Searching out the deep things will make dissatisfied with superficial shallow things. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Have a great and godly day!

Pastor C


Divine Support

Category : General

Psa.138: 7 (KJV)
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

It is known that trouble attends the best of men; both outward and inward trouble, from sin, Satan, and the world; yea, they are in the midst of it, surrounded with it; and it is a way in which they walk through this world, and enter the kingdom of heaven; it is continued unto them; it is a long walk, and yet will have an end. Though I am in the low vale of sorrow, I shall not be overlooked or forgotten.

This verse implies that the writer was then in trouble, and it expresses the conviction that whenever he should be in trouble, God would remember him, and give him life and strength. Here David declares the sense in which he looked flint God would act the part of his preserver; by giving him life from the dead, were that necessary. The passage is well deserving our attention for by nature we are so delicately averse to suffering as to wish that we might all live safely beyond shot of its arrows, and shrink from close contact with the fear of death, as something altogether intolerable. On the slightest approach of danger, we are immoderately afraid, as if our emergencies precluded the hope of Divine deliverance. This is faith’s true office, to see life in the midst of death, and to trust the mercy of God, not as that which will procure us universal exemption from evil, but as that which will quicken us in the midst of death every moment of our lives; for God humbles his children under various trials, that his defense of them may be the more remarkable, and that he may show himself to be their deliverer, as well as their preserver.

Like David, we do have a Support. A Grand Support of human life. A Divine Support. “Thou wilt revive me.” God is our all-sufficient support. He is equal to all our emergencies. “He is our refuge and strength,” etc. There is no enemy from which He cannot deliver us; there is no trial under which He cannot support us; there is no danger from which lie cannot rescue us. In the fiery furnace, in the surging waters, in the “valley of the shadow of death,” He is all-sufficient. No one else can support you. “Put not your trust in princes.” And the great news is that He is available to all at any time. “Call upon Me in the time of trouble and I will deliver you.

Have a great and godly day!

Pastor C


Living By THE Word of God

Category : General

Ephesian 6: 17 (KJV)
17 ….and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”― Dwight Lyman Moody

Jesus was so familiar with the Word of God that He was able to select the proper “rhema” in each attack. His wise use of the “rhema” in the “logos” allowed Him to achieve victory over the devil. You will notice that Jesus did not rebuke Satan, He simply used the Word of God as His sword. Three times Jesus was attacked and three times Jesus used the “rhema” to repel the attack of the devil. Each “rhema”, or verse the Lord quoted, not only parried the devil’s thrust, but launched a withering attack that Satan could not endure. When the devil was faced with the truth of the Word of God, he had to abandon his attack and flee. Friends the lesson for us is clear, I think. We need to be so familiar with the armory, the Bible, that we know where all the swords are placed. Then, when the enemy attacks us, we are able to repel his attacks with the Word of God. This will enable us to stand against the assaults of the enemy. The Bible is a defensive weapon, as we just discussed. But, it is also an offensive weapon.

When the Word of God is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, it transforms lost sinners. It invades their darkness, and drags them into the light. It enters the tomb of their dead condition and breathes life into their spirits.

Mahatma Gandhi pointed out, “You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilization to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”

The Bible is a book to be read, believed, loved, shared, enjoyed, and trusted. It is the Word of God! We must saturate our lives in its truths and soak in the glories it contains. There is no other book like it in the world. The Bible alone is a spiritual book. The Bible alone is the Word of God.

Have a great and godly day!

Pastor C

“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”― Mahatma Gandhi


When Persecution Comes

Category : General

John 16: 2 (KJV)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

It has been observed that though the Jewish people had the most humane laws, yet they were a most vindictive and cruel people. The Jews had made a law already, that he that confessed that Jesus was the Messiah, should be cast out of their synagogues; and they had put it in execution upon the blind man Christ restored to sight, for his profession of faith in him; which struck such a terror upon the people, that even many of the chief rulers who believed that Jesus was the true Messiah, durst not confess him, because of this law; for it was what they could not bear the thoughts of, to be deemed and treated as heretics and apostates

What the Zealots did is notorious in history. They butchered any person, in cold blood, who, they pretended to believe, was an enemy to God, to the law, or to Moses; and thought they were fulfilling the will of God by these human sacrifices. This Paul found; for more than forty Jews bound themselves under a curse that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed him, Acts 23:12, Acts 23:13

It is important for us to know and understand that men often suppose, or profess to suppose, that they are rendering God service when they persecute others; and, under the pretense of great zeal for truth and purity, evince all possible bigotry, pride, malice, and uncharitableness. The people of God have suffered most from those who have been conscientious persecutors; and some of the most malignant foes which true Christians have ever had have been in the church, and have been professed ministers of the gospel, persecuting them under pretense of great zeal for the cause of purity and religion. It is no evidence of piety that a man is full of zeal against those whom he supposes to be heretics; and it is one of the best proofs that a man knows nothing of the religion of Jesus when he is eminent for self-conceit in his own views of orthodoxy, and firmly fixed in the opinion that all who differ from him and his sect must of course be wrong.

Therefore, whenever persecution, trial or testing come, and especially by those who espouse to do it the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us remember that He had borne all manner of evil, cursing and blasphemy, yet He remain faithful and unmovable by these things. Let us remember that greater is He that is in us that he that is in the world. Let like Job purpose in our hearts, ‘though He slay me, yet will I serve Him.’ Because we know the thought God have towards us, always good and never evil.

Have a great and godly day!

Pastor C


Right Motives

Category : General

James 4: 3 (KJV)
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

It has been noted that some of them are supposed to say in objection, But we do “ask” (pray) 4: 2. James replies, It is not enough to ask for good things, but we must ask with a good spirit and intention. “Ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it (your object of prayer) upon (literally, in) your lusts (literally, pleasures)”; not that ye may have the things you need for the service of God. Contrast James 1:5 with Matthew 6:31-2. If ye prayed aright, all your proper wants would be supplied; the improper cravings which produce “wars and fighting” would then cease. Even believers‘ prayers are often best answered when their desires are most opposed.

Moreover, he goes farther to say that though they sought, yet they were deservedly denied; because they wished to make God the minister of their own lusts. For they set no bounds to their wishes, as he had commanded; but gave unbridled license to themselves, so as to ask those things of which man, conscious of what is right, ought especially to be ashamed. Pliny somewhere ridicules this impudence, that men so wickedly abuse the ears of God. The less tolerable is such a thing in Christians, who have had the rule of prayer given them by their heavenly Master. And doubtless there appears to be in us no reverence for God, no fear of him, in short, no regard for him, when we dare to ask of him what even our own conscience does not approve.

“God answers prayer, but not all prayer, especially not in giving the ungodly the ingredients for selfish gratification.” The Bible reveals exactly whose prayers are answered. He hears the cry of the righteous (Ps.34:15); He hears those who call upon Him in truth (Ps.145:18); and He hears the penitent (Luke 18:14): those who ask “in His name” (John 14:13), those who ask “believing” (Mark 11:24), and those who ask according to God’s will (1 John 5:14). As Gibson observed, here again “is an evident allusion to the sermon on the mount (Matthew 7:7)

Therefore, we see what James meant is that our desires ought to be bridled: and the way of bridling them is to subject them to the will of God. Moreover, he also teaches us, that what we in moderation wish, we ought to seek from God himself; which if it be done, we shall be preserved from wicked contentions, from fraud and violence, and from doing any injury to others.

Have a great and godly day!

Pastor C


Certain Goodness

Category : General

James 1: 17 (KJV)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

 

It is said that there is one certainty of goodness and that is God.

 

The difference between good and perfect here, it is not easy to mark accurately. It may be that the former means that which is benevolent in its character and tendency; the latter that which is entire, where there is nothing even apparently wanting to complete it; where it can be regarded as good as a whole and in all its parts. The general sense is, that God is the Author of all good. Everything that is good on the earth we are to trace to Him; evil has another origin. Whatever is good is from God; whatever is evil is from man himself.

 

It has also been noted that God is called the Father of lights, as possessing all excellency and the highest dignity. And when he immediately adds, that there is in him no shadow of turning, he continues the metaphor; so that we may not measure the brightness of God by the irradiation of the sun which appears to us. As from the sun, which is the father or fountain of light, all light comes; so, from God, who is the infinite Fountain, Father, and Source of good, all good comes. And whatever can be called good, or pure, or light, or excellence of any kind, must necessarily spring from him, as he is the only source of all goodness and perfection.

 

The design here is clearly to contrast God with the sun in a certain respect. As the source of light, there is a strong resemblance. But in the sun, there are certain changes. It does not shine on all parts of the earth at the same time, nor in the same manner all the year. It rises and sets; it crosses the line, and seems to go far to the south, and sends its rays obliquely on the earth; then it ascends to the north, recrosses the line, and sends its rays obliquely on southern regions. By its revolutions it produces the changes of the seasons, and makes a constant variety on the earth in the productions of different climes.

 

In this respect God is not indeed like the sun. With Him there is no variableness, not even the appearance of turning. He is always the same, at all seasons of the year, and in all ages; there is no change in His character, His mode of being, His purposes and plans. What He was millions of ages before the worlds were made, He is now; what He is now, He will be countless millions of ages hence. This steady uniformity is our pledge of the impartial fidelity of God. So far as the management of the material universe is concerned, God has declared unmistakably that He has no favorites. He has given to material forces a law which cannot be broken. We trust Him more because there is no devilish element in nature, no wild impulse rushing with eruptions of curse and blessing into space.

 

Have a great and godly day!

 

Pastor C


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