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Friday, January 11, 2013

How Can God Be Just?

The "problem" confronting the Godhead was not whether it was just to damn the sinner, but why it could be
just to save any of us.

All were deserving of the fires of His wrath, but how could He be just and the justifier of him who believed?
[Romans 3:24-26.] The solution to the divine "dilemma" was setting Christ forth to be "a propitiation through
faith in His blood...." so that God would be revealed to be righteous in saving any sinner. ["propitiation"
means an appeasing, a taking away of wrath.]

That is why there can be no boasting, but only thankfulness for a free salvation, without the deeds of the law,
by which all are condemned. The death of Christ does not void the law but establishes its righteousness and
satisfies its just claims. Amen and Amen.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Meditation and Prayer on Job 23:10-14

O Precious Father in Heaven, Your words are more to me than my necessary food. How wonderful is the
Name “Father” that the Spirit of Adoption has placed upon the lips and in the hearts of Your people!

You know the way that I go; I take that way and it is Your way, for You have ordained that I will be like 
Christ, and after I am tested in the way, I shall be purified as gold. You know each step of my way for You 
have ordered them.

I do not live by bread alone, but by every word from Your mouth. My feet have held to Your steps and You 
have kept me in the way so that I have not departed from it. This is Your decree for me, O precious Father, 
and it is a good decree, for You love me in Jesus Christ and have delivered me from the bondage and guilt of 
sin, so that nothing in my way can separate me from Your love.

This is why I have not turned back from the commandment of Your lips, for we are not of those who draw 
back unto perdition, but those who believe to the saving of our souls. We have esteemed the words of Your 
mouth as more than our necessary food.

For You, O precious Father, are never divided in Your mind as we often are. Known are all Your works 
from the foundation of the world and none of them shall pass away or fail.

You are light and there is no darkness in You. No one can turn You from the purposes that You have 
purposed, for You have always done whatsoever You have pleased, in heaven and in earth, as the Scripture 
You always perform what You have promised and appointed for me: there is no end of Your mercies and 
kindnesses that are in Your heart as the Father of Your children. You will supply all my need, according to 
Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Nothing can stay Your Almighty Hand.

This is my life, O Precious Father. I have wandered all over the place, Dear Lord, and have often come 
short of Your glory, but even in these things, You have not failed in Your promises and care, for You have 
upheld me by Your powerful Hand and turned all things to my good, according to Your purposes in Christ 

You, O Precious Father, are my portion and my inheritance forever. Psalm 146:5, 6 “Happy is he that hath 
the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, 
and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever….”


10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth 
more than my necessary food.

13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

Job 23:10-14

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Building Without Foundation

Jesus said the walls will come tumbling down if a building is built without a foundation. When the winds and 
the rains come, the house built upon the sand will come tumbling down.

The foundations are his words, Jesus said, in that famous conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount [Matthew
7], specifically the "doing" of His words.

Great institutions that men had great hope for have come tumbling down, for they ignored the words of

We were smarter than Christ, we though. Marriage didn't have to built upon the principles of Christ, and
children didn't need to be reared according to Scripture. When I was a boy, I only knew a few people who
had been divorced--now it is much the norm.

Evangelism didn't need to based on truth--just a desire for people to "know Jesus." Campaigns were not
designed to convince people of the truth, but designed to produce a powerful emotional experience. There
has been a steady decline of commitment to truth as the years have passed. "Let's all get together  forget our
differences, and evangelize the world." But as time passed and the principle was carried out consistently, our
converts began to look very much like the world from which they were "converted." Word's didn't mean
anything anymore, and we didn't talk about election, justification, sanctification, immutability.

Words declined in value and the highest form of communication with God--the highest form of spiritual
enlightenment--came in the form of incoherent tongues-babbling. Our march away from the creeds and the
sayings of Christ was now complete: Incomprehensible mutterings replaced His meaningful words and were
much sought for. But thousands and thousands flocked to mega-churches and felt good. It was showtime.

We forgot the sayings in Christ about the judgment at the last day, where the sheep would be put on the right
and the goats on the left. Such discrimination must not be named among us--In the drunken dream that
imagines a world where everyone gets along, there is no room for the concept of the kind of wickedness and
evil and wants everyone either in bondage or dead. In our stupor of spiritual vapidness we think that we can
save everyone with enormous exudings of good will and valueless "love" where people will learn to be nice to

But it was our Lord who said, "Cast not your pearls before swine, lest they turn again and rend you." There
are those who bite and devour, who murder and steal, who destroy and waste. They will not be converted
by valueless Christians.

We are to do good to all men. Sometimes the good that we do to our brother is to deliver him from the bully
and the brute.

"Abba" is NOT "Daddy."

"Abba" is NOT "Daddy."  Better translation would be "Dearest Father."

When You Hide, You Reveal Knowledge!

God created man in His image, which included holiness.  God gave Adam a moral sense, the ability to know
that he should not disobey God's command concerning the Tree in the midst of the garden [Genesis 2,3].
Adam did not know shame nor the horror of sin until after his fall, but he was a moral being in the image of
God from his creation.

Because he is a sinner, man's moral sense is corrupt and he uses it in hatred and destruction against his
neighbor.  Jesus said that some would even think they did God service by persecuting Christians.  They
accused Jesus Himself of blasphemy and other sins against the Ten Commandments.

Jesus condemned this sin in the clearest words when He said, "Judge not that ye be not judged."  The gift
that we have received from God to know what is holy and good must not be used against the people of God
as a weapon of hatred and strife.  Jesus clarified Himself in another commandment: Joh 7:24 "Judge not
according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

In fact, discernment is one of the gifts of the Spirit and the church of Ephesus was praised for finding that
some who said they were apostles were lying.  There are many other like places in the Bible.

The Pharisees misused their moral senses by accusing Jesus of casting out devils by the power of the devil.
This evil speaking was a horrible sin, but it was couched in moral language and righteous pretenses.  They
couldn't have done it without a God-given sense of morality and decency. How immoral it would have been
for Jesus to have been in league with the devil and doing lying miracles!

Another example of the misuse of this gift is the sinner who says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged."  He
pretends to be following Jesus, but he means the opposite.  Jesus is saying, "Do not misuse my gift to
condemn the righteous," but the reprobate means, "Misuse God's gift to justify the wicked.  By your silence
give consent unto my nastiness."  Just as the devil misquoted Scripture to snare Jesus, so do these nasty
people quote Scripture to snare the godly.

To obey God is to "abhor the evil; cleave to that which is good."

Jesus said it another way, "If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Prayer and Meditation from Psalm 89:15-21

Prayer and Meditation from Psalm 89:15-21

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, we lift our voices to You today, for we have heard the good news 
concerning Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

This good news is a joyful sound that has gone throughout the whole world, but we are especially blessed, 
because we have heard, not only with the ears of our bodies, but with the ears of our souls. We understand, 
because You have taught us.

Because we have heard the the good news, the joyful sound, we are blessed of You and we do not walk in 
Your disfavor under a frowning countenance, but in the light and joy of Your grace.

Those who hear and believe the joyful sound of the Gospel rejoice in Your Name all the day long, and we 
are exalted in Your righteousness, and not our own. It is Your righteousness, O Lord Jesus, by which our 
souls are exalted and lifted up to You.

For You, O Lord, are the glory of our strength. We have no strength of our own, but in You we mount up 
with wings as eagles; we walk and are not weary; we run and are not faint.

What glory You have given to Your people in days gone by: How could five have chased a hundred and a 
hundred put ten thousand to flight except that thy Holy Spirit was the strength of our hands and thy sword the 
power of our sword?

Our weakness is our own, Dear Lord. Our strength is Yours alone. We are dust and ashes, but You inhabit 
eternity and caused the light to shine out of darkness and formed the world of nothing.

It is by Your favor and grace alone that our horn is exalted and we prevail over that which would destroy us.

You are our defense; You are our King forever. We overcome by faith, dear Lord; we are defeated and 
overcome by our own unbelief and emptiness.

For You have revealed by the holy prophets that You have anointed Jesus of Nazareth, born of the Virgin of 
the seed of David according to the flesh and the Son of God according to His eternal power and Godhead, 
to be our Savior and Lord.

You crowned Him with glory and honor because by the Eternal Spirit He offered up Himself to Divine 
Justice as a sacrifice for sins, fulfilling the law and the prophets and by Your Spirit He is our Lord and 
Messiah, able to save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by Him.

This is the joyful sound, O Lord. This is the good news, oh Blessed Savior. Through thy eternal Spirit His 
kingdom is established forever, His righteousness our righteousness; His strength our strength; His glory our 
glory. Amen and Amen.

We do bring our petitions before You, O Lord. We pray that You would strengthen us with might in the 
inner man through faith in the gospel.

We do bitterly repent our unbelief and our sins; grant to us Your blessed Spirit that we may walk in holiness 
and righteousness before You all the days of our life.

Effectually work in us love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance 
and may we put off the works of idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, 
heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, for they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Our old man is crucified with Christ, and we live in the Spirit and also ought to walk in the Spirit, in Your 
righteousness, glory, and strength. This is the good news, the joyful sound in which we rejoice, O Lord.
15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy 

16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favor our horn shall be exalted.

18 For the LORD is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

19 Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have 
exalted one chosen out of the people.

20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:

21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. 

 –Psalm 89:15-21

So, You Found "It"?

Funny thing. People who insist that you look at the facts cannot even tell you what a fact is. How big is the
moon? In what direction does the sun move?

When you say you like coffee, is the only fact I know is that you said you like coffee? How do I know you 
didn't lie? And who is the "you" who likes coffee? Are "you" your taste buds, or something else? If something 
else, what is it that you call "you."

If you tell me that it is a fact that you "found God," may I not respond that He wasn't lost? And how do you 
know what you found? Maybe something found you. If so, what was it, and how do you know?

When you went "looking for God" you wanted anything but the God of the Bible. Maybe you found "it." If 
you did, that's awful for you. you won't like "it" when "it" gets through with you.

You say you don't believe the Bible? Good luck with THAT. That suit of clothes has been tried by a lot of 
wretched people. Didn't work for them that well, either. But you got your little kick of sin, though, didn't 

17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the 
LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and 
for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself 
to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the 
glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

Isaiah 2


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