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Friday, January 19, 2018

THE GREAT TEST: Modifying the Truth

by A.W. Tozer

... Every church member, every evangelist, every Christian has to
make this decision. It is a matter of judgment...

The question is this: Shall we modify the truth in doctrine or
practice to gain more adherents? Or shall we preserve the truth
in doctrine and practice and take the consequences? If the decision
is that we modify the truth and practice of the church, then we are
responsible for the consequences, whatever they may be. God
already knows what the consequences are, and history has shown
what they are. But if we choose to preserve the truth, then God
accepts the responsibility.

Business people have to make that choice in business. Everyone
has to make it at income tax time. Students have to make it in
school. We have to make it everywhere in our lives as we touch
society. Shall we preserve the truth and the practice of the truth,
or shall we alter it just comfortably in order to be more popular,
gain more adherents and get along easier in the world?

Actually such a question should never need to be asked. It is like
asking, "Should a man be faithful to his wife?" There is only one
answer to that question. When we ask, "Shall we preserve the
truth and practice of the church, or shall we modify it for immediate
and visible results?" we ought to have only one answer. It is not
a debatable question, and yet it is one that has to be constantly
debated in the secret prayer chamber. It is constantly debated
when conferences meet, when boards meet and when a pastor
must make a decision.

A commitment to preserving the truth and practice of the church
is what separates me from a great many people who are perhaps
far greater than I am in ability. This is my conviction, long held
and deeply confirmed by a knowledge of the fact that modern
gospel churches, almost without exception, have decided to
modify the truth and practice a little in order to have more
adherents and get along better. When we make a decision to
modify the truth, we bring the consequences of that choice upon
ourselves. What have the consequences been?

One has been an absence of a spirit of worship in the church.
Many people do not even know what is meant by a spirit of
worship. That is tragic. I wish God would either change things
a little or give me a sight of His glory among His people. I admit
that sometimes I feel like the man of God who said,

Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest-
I would flee far away
and stay in the desert. (Psalm 55:6-7)

Many of the Lord´s people do not know what you mean when you
mention a spirit of worship in the church. They are poor victims
of boards, churches, denominations and pastors who have made
the noble decision to modify the truth and practice a little. But
God responded, "If you do, I will withdraw from you the spirit of
worship. I will remove your candlestick."

~Source-

Rut, Rot or Revival, A.W. Tozer
www.sentinellenehemie.free.fr/awtozer1_gb.html

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Posted 1 Year on This Day-The Dagger, Not The Sword- A word Of Revelation On this – A Short Prophetic Insight

Note:
I have been busy about the lords work off line and the Bible college record students. My Daughter Colene still getting settled in. Behind on posts , but all good.

 Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The sword of The spirit, not what you think , the sword is the word, the word as you will see, means something very different, and for a deep reason.

Greek-The Word:

G4487
ῥῆμα
rhēma
hray'-mah
From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever: - + evil, + nothing, saying, word.

Greek Sword:

G3162
μάχαιρα
machaira
makh'-ahee-rah
Probably feminine of a presumed derivative of G3163; a knife, that is, dirk; figuratively war, judicial punishment: - sword.




Arise and shine, the glory of the lord is on you, fear nothing. I was trying to sleep and could not, I got up at 3am with a message burning in me, a few, to be honest, I had to get up and let it out, for this last part was a deep revelation and I hope you get it, man I wanted to preach this part as a separate sermon, but all is asleep and way to late. I almost headed for the outside garage to do an audio, but the winds is very, very Strong tonight. To noisy out there, so this is the revelation that got me up.

The sword of the spirit, part of our armor. That word kept burning in me, knowing what it means in Greek is what gave me this insight, I have posted a message and mentioned this part before, but I understood something I never did until tonight.

The word sword in Eph ch 6, look it up is not the normal word , for the word,- Logo's , in the armor verse, the sword of the lord , the word, is the Greek word rhēma , Knife- dagger, not a long sword, a dagger, it hit me. A sword is long, you can keep a distance between you and your combatant, and fellow Christians, and those in need . This word means select verses insights promises you cling to that see you through. It is not a little bless me promise bible, that is not the meaning, words that you make your own, ones that you love, think of , quote a lot, this is your dagger. Why would the armor have a dagger and not a long sword? A personal or corporate revelation form the word.

The whole dagger and not a full sword, is bible, as the sword as it shows in Greek in this verse is a knife, A Dirk, meaning a small weapon a dagger, the word is the knife we will be calling it a dagger, knife same ting, not a sword.

Dirk-Websters;

Dirk
DIRK, n. Durk. A kind of dagger or poniard.


This is what the spirit of the lord said to me.

Far to many of my people are living life at arms length from others, afraid of others, they keep their distance, even in Church, lest they be found out to be not what they claim, it matters not if your a deacon, a teacher, in the Chorus, or, the Sr Pastor, many know inside they are dead and are not what they act to be, they know the secret sin, the weakness, hypocrisy and so, they keep their distance. This is crowd one. Christians at a distance from others, because they are now distant from the lord.

The next message, the dagger is a close up weapon, not one you would think of, Men chose your weapon, who would chose a tiny dagger over a nice longer sword? It almost makes no sense, I said, " Lord why is part of our Armour include a dagger and not a long sword?" The lord spoke. " I want my people to see the whites of others eyes, up close and personal, able, willing to lay your hand on a leper, a spiritual one , a sinner, or saint. The dagger is a effective weapon , but only for very close face to face action. The action is not always with the devil, that is part of it, but the dagger length is so you must get that close to others to do as I did". That is what the lord said to me.

This up close and personal touch was the very ministry of our lord, the only time we read of him departing others, getting away at a distance, alone, was to pray, find it anywhere else, at all other times Jesus ministry was very up close, very personal, he layed hands on people, he put a child on his lap, on and on, our lord knew what the dagger Armour means, he said it, by the spirit through Paul.

Are you a Christian that is an at length one? Are you a dagger Christian, that is willing to give your life for Christ if needed, willing to stop, and get close to your fellow man, drop your guard, take off your mask and be a real, honest, humble, bold Christian? It takes being that close to the lord first, that is why it is called , " Putting on the full Armour of GOD" one must be close to the lord to properly put this armor on , dagger and all.


Spiritual warfare lastly, and the small but sharp dagger, the word of the bible.

We are not to fear demons, the devil, evil ones, we are to come at the enemy in the power of the holy spirit, and stand toe to toe, make a line in the sand with that dagger and say, " This far and no further you demons of hell"

Have you made that line, have you said this far and no farther, you are not welcomed in this place. I evict you asap, and call the sheriff if they do not get out, Jesus, the blood, his name, they must flee.

Many Christians are so beat down now days, but the dagger, O' the dagger, small, close and very effective. In soul winning we carry small pocket bibles, we call them are dagger, walk up near someone with a 50 pound family bible and the bird will see the net and run, the dagger is to be put where they can not see whats coming, the Bold deceleration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, out comes the pocket bible, out comes the dagger, your now face to face , eye to eye, and the battle for a soul is on, saints arise use the dagger, get close.

To the lord
To others
To demons, only to evict them
To anyone, anywhere in any position

The whites of the eyes must be seen, hands extended to help them up, lay hands on them, hand them a little help.

Compassion is up close and personal, it is not carried out from a distance, it is in your face, manifesting the power and love of Jesus Christ. That is a deep insight. Amen, now use that dagger and do close battle, in compassionate Christian service, and close to the lord, the giver of this dagger.




 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Weeping Prophet, The O.T. Birth Pains-And Vision Of Those Going To Hell -The Lord Said Re Post- This So I am

First Happy Birthday to my Daughter Colene she is 34 years old today.

Also, please pray for Associate Pastor Charles Novak he had to put his 12 year old beloved dog down the other day. I can relate, my little Dog died and it tore me up, sister Deb Lesar had to put her dog down, it was hard for her. I would have never been able to u understand-empathizes- until my little dog, a family member was killed. Pets are family member's, it hurts bad and is very sad, so please pray for Charles about this.

Jer 13:21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?

Jer 13:22 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare.

It takes no intellect, or commentary to understand verse 21, it is birth pains. The birth pains that were coming was the captivity to Babylon. In The N.T. It is the same, before the rise of Antichrist, Babylon, and the fall of America, a type of N.T. Babylon. The birth pains are birth pains. In this text the pains were due to sin, As Americas Mini Tribulation coming, It's birth pains are coming, and on us , also due to sin, the nation has fallen.

In the N.T. the birth pains come before the seven-year trib, this is a prophecy concerning the whole world, and it will happen as it is now, we were told, we were told why, the end days, the sin of the world. Therefore, we have birth pains in Jer. Birth pains and fall Of America, Birth pains and Tribulation on the whole world.

I have a question, do you weep over this situation? Your own sin and the nations fall? Jer. was the weeping prophet, he was bold when prophecy given, but meek, mild, and a weeper. He was much different than most O.T. Prophets, a tender man with passion , deep feelings and great sorrow for his people.

Jer 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.

Jer 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.

The darkness, the time of stumbling, confusion, is on the USA and other nations, no one knows where they are going, stumbling around waiting for it all to fall apart.

I had a mental movie,( That’s How I see Visions) a few weeks ago, I hope to preach a video on it, I was meditating on , If I had one last sermon what would it be, I had no idea, than came the vision.

I remember years ago seeing a pitcher on a Chick track, of people just walking forward off a cliff, it became full color and animated in my mind, I saw myself yelling, weeping, trying to stop all these people from falling off the cliff into hell. They looked as if they had no emotions at all, like zombies, just mindlessly walking and falling into the abyss one after another, in groups, I than stood close to the edge, and held out my hands, spread apart and tried to hold them back, The reality of hell and all the ones going their burdened my soul for a few weeks.

I was looking at the great old sermons on the blue tab up top , and saw a sermon I never heard by David Wilkerson, It was on hell. I listened to it, much of what he said, I had planned on preaching, than I thought lord, its all there, so why? I heard the lord say, ‘Many need to know , it is not up to one preacher, hell is almost never spoken of in Church, people need to be reminded of the eternity of it’.

After, my vision was done, I saw myself, people just walking around me and like walking dead dropping into the flames below, all became quiet I was standing with both arms stretched out, than I saw the lord on the cross with out stretched arms, and blood dripping from the cross.

I understood, It is only Jesus that can make a way out for these ones, the many falling were hurt, wounded by bad pastors, false doctrine, abuse from pastors, hurt ones, but still going to hell. The lord Jesus and his blood shed on the cross is mans only hope, his outstretched arms alone have done the job.

We as minister’s job is to tell what Jesus did, my arms could do nothing, but the arms of Jesus, and they can do it all, if one is willing.

How many sermons, how many churches, preachers have put to sleep these ones?
Ministers, teachers, preachers, will give an account for this on Judgment day.

I wept and wept, I cried out for my unsaved love ones, and those I see, I had a fresh, burning desire to share the gospel as never before.

It is time to preach the gospel, it is time to get back to the message of the cross, the reality of a real hell, and a real heaven, both are for eternity, so simple, people make it complicated, why? Religion, it can not be that easy people say, they feel they must do something, add to the simplicity of the gospel message, but no saint of God, it is that simple, it is only by Jesus we enter heaven, only by the blood can we enter the holy of holies and weep before the lord for ourselves, and a dying world on its way to hell.

Simplicity is profound, there are great unknown mysteries in the bible, but not the message of the cross, a child can understand it. In these final days of America, are we weeping, or ignoring, are we speaking the message of the cross, or some other thing that becomes a tangent.

The Church has lost its way, the lord is training and raising up an end time army of remnant ones, unknown, that will be used in might and power as the world goes to hell, we will preach and teach the simplicity of the cross, this is our call, our coming duty, for now weep, meditate on this, and its simplicity, and its necessity, to once again preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all those dying and falling off that cliff into an eternal life of a real hell and real misery for ever and ever, it will never end.

Jesus spoke of hell more than he did heaven, because he came not to destroy life, but save mankind, He told the truth of hell, if Jesus spoke of it so often why are today’s preachers not doing the same.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Message 2,400 Feed My Sheep Series-What Is Biblical success-The Lord Is With You

Note, This was the message I sent Han 2018 to the free bible college monthly.

 
Jdg 1:22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD was with them.

Gill;

And the Lord was with them; the Word of the Lord, as the Targum, directing, assisting, and succeeding them in their attempt.

Directing.
Assisting.
Succeeding.

On Directing;

Reader, the number one thing I read and hear from people is on needing direction. So few feel they have any true direction why? The direction being prayed for is a thing of self, a self plan, a desire that is not Gods will, maybe it is not time to know, confusion from distractions, keeping the seeker far away from the source of direction the lord, his word, and prayer.

We read,” The steps of a righteous man are ordered of the lord'
The blood of Jesus in the New Covenant , he is our righteousness, we have none in ourselves, it is all the lords doing. In Eph ch 6 the armor of God, one part is the breast plate of righteousness.

So, we must understand the word righteous as taught in the N.T.-lets take a look at this word first.

Greek-Righteous-

G1342

δίκαιος
dikaios
dik'-ah-yos
From G1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): - just, meet, right (-eous).


G1349

δίκη
dikē
dee'-kay
Probably from G1166; right (as self evident), that is, justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution): - judgment, punish, vengeance.


Webster;


Righteous
RIGHTEOUS, a. ri'chus.

1. Just; accordant to the divine law. Applied to persons, it denotes one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in practice; as a righteous man. Applied to things, it denotes consonant to the divine will or to justice; as a righteous act. It is used chiefly in theology, and applied to God, to his testimonies and to his saints.

The righteous, in Scripture, denote the servants of God, the saints, notice it is applied to God himself

2. Just; equitable; merited.

ISBE:

Christian righteousness today is even more insistent upon material things, such as sanitary arrangements, than was the Code of Moses. The obligation to use the latest knowledge for the hygienic welfare is just as binding now as then, but “the latest knowledge” is a changing term. Material progress, education, spiritual instruction, are all influences which really make for full life.





1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,


We are made the righteousness of Christ, this is closely related to the word, justified.
In Christ, we are complete. It is up to the bond servant to press in, to pray, to avoid sin, to walk in a pure heart, we co-operate with the lords help, the helper is the Holy Spirit.


The three words above, in the N.T., all come to us by the Holy Spirit.


There is no good thing in our flesh, but we are to die daily. It is progressive sanctification, but absolute righteousness and Justification once we become born again, its all the lord, we are to maintain these, guard them, and again by the lord, prayer, study, and faith that works.




The next word is: Assisting
Who assists us, the Holy Spirit and Angels, not worship of angels or praying to them, they are sent for our protection and anything the lord would have them do. We as humans are to assists others, it can be hard ,but we must.


Webster on Assist;
Assist
ASSIST', v.t. [L. assisto, of ad and sisto, to stand up; English, to stand by.]

To help; to aid; to succor; to give support to in some undertaking or effort, or in time of distress.

ASSIST', v.i. To lend aid.




The N.T. Saints , Jew and Gentile have the N.T. Truth and promise on being given, divine assistance. Remember, Paul said to the Jew first and next the gentile, this was said concerning the promise and tribulation, Jacobs trouble.



The last word is-Succeeding


Many people I have talked to say they will succeed and have the lords favor concerning a thing, most of what they say is becoming like a TV minister, being a big name, and doing big things, and living in prosperity.


In the Bible college, I have had the chance to meet many ministers and mentor many. I can not tell you over the years how many times I have been asked for help, insight, concerning something the person wanted to do, and most was of the flesh. How do you give advice, or help to anyone that you know are trying to say it, claim it, and be a big something? I can not, will not, dare not.


The holy Spirit never lifts up a person, never exults a human, and no pampering of the flesh, never , if that is you, if you are reading this because you want to be a success, as the world offers, you are on the wrong path.


Success in the NT is a lot different from what man is teaching.

Jesus made this clear in the N.T.


Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.


Luk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.


Luk 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.


What made the disciples rejoice, they cast out devils, people were healed, but Jesus said what is important. Not the miracles, not authority over devils, but the main reason to rejoice is their names were written in the book of life-Salvation.


We are a success when we do the will of the father, not finish, or complete a work of the flesh, reach a goal, it's balance, it is all about salvation, Jesus, and eternal life.


Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.


That verse should keep every Christian grounded, it wars against pride. Many say, I did this, I am doing this, I did, I did, I did, but wait, after you did this and that, the end of the mater is, we are no more then unprofitable servants, we are just doing what we are told. Only in Glory will we be rewarded with a crown, and after that the bible says, we cast our crown at Jesus Feet.


This is the attitude all of the body of Christ must have today, simply obey, and if some success comes, cast it all at our masters feet.

I want to end with this word.

If you are nothing without a degree, you will be nothing with one.

We are all sinners saved by grace, my message is not to say meekness, and humility is a character that makes you weak, just the opposite. Are you like a dead lion.

Some are going through so many things, I get emails that would blow your mind , I get calls from people who are at wits end. It is not time to give up, nor live like a dead lion, our lord Jesus is the living Lion of the tribe of Judah.

In 2018, no matter how hard , no matter how many things you face, you are not dead, if you were, you would not be reading this, that means there is hope for you.

ECC 9:4 'a living dog is better than a dead lion'

You may feel like a dog, a worm, a nothing, in Jesus you have all things. The word for 2018 to you beloved is humble boldness. Be bold as a lion, as the bible says, meek as a dove, but bold as a lion.

Many lions of the past are dead, you however are alive, be fully alive in this world turned upside down today, let this year put a new fervent faith and desire in you and no longer hold on to the past.

I have had my lions, they were worries, concerns, needs, lack etc., as I look back on 2017, I see many of those dreaded lions are dead and I did not even know it.

I ask, do you know it, I mean do you know those lions are dead or will be soon? It will bring true Christian success in all you do, and when you encounter a lion, remember by the power of our lord, soon, one day, that lion will be dead, you will stand in victory, even if you feel like a little dog.

Knowing is success, and I pray now you know what real success is.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Charge For 2018

2Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Charge 1

1Ti 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Charge 2

I charge thee — rather as Greek,I adjure thee”

Webster word adjure;

Adjure
ADJU'RE, v.t. [L. adjuro, to sweat solemnly, or compel one to swear; from ad and juro, to swear.]

  1. To charge, bind or command on oath, or under the penalty of a curse.
NT use we are told not to make an oath or swear. O.T. Word usage


2. To charge earnestly and solemnly, on pain of God's wrath.


3. To conjure; to charge, (urge or summon) with solemnity.


Observe (phulaxēis). First aorist active subjunctive of phulassō, to guard, to keep (Rom_2:26). Subfinal use of hina.



2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.


2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.


2Ti 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.



2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

2Ti 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

2Ti 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

2Ti 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.






Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

CR;

Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.



The message.

Redeem the time.

Do all for Jesus.

Know what season we are in, if you did, many of the great plans you have would not be what they are, plan on, pray on, minister on, but for Jesus.

Many are still waiting for a time why?

What have you done since you saved?

What are you doing while you study and pray?

Are you truly seeking great things for self or for the lord.?

How do you handle when you do not see success in ministry?

Success in ministry is not as man sees it but God, is Jesus truly number one you all in all? all else can become an idol.

Do you worship Idols, God forbid, but your ministry, your goals, your home, your family, all can easily become an idol.

Others..

Ministry that is of the lord not the flesh, not the intellect, DR's listen a degree means nothing, it is the anointing that breaks the yoke,


We want to master the word,. amen, but we must let the word master us.

I charge you redeem the time for we are in evil days, are you?


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility
consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 )

Php 2:3 doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; (KJV)


What do we expect when we go on with God, when we come right out for
God? What have we in view? Well, the answer to that question will
decide whether, in relation to God, we have ambitions for something on
the earth. Do you get the point? You see, it is so possible to swing
over your natural ambitions to spiritual aims. It is the same thing
still at work, and the only difference is the direction or sphere. You
can be as ambitious in the work of God as you can be in the world, and
it is the same natural ambition. It is the ambitiousness of nature.
You desire - what do you desire? To see something, to have something,
to be in something? Ambition for success; yes, once it was in the
world - now the same ambition transferred to other things....

It is a mark of going on when we can come to the place where it is
true before God that we have let go all the prosperity and success
even of Christian work and Christian ministry as men would count it.

To be able to let go the great opportunities and the great advantages
that may be had amongst Christian people, and the prizes that can be
grasped, and to say, “It is all right, the Lord knows; it is for Him
to give or withhold. I am not going to make a line for those prizes. I
am not going to allow those things to influence my walk with God.
Ambition is not going to dictate my course,” is a sure sign of
growth. It may not seem here on earth to mean very big things; wide
open doors and all that, but somehow you may take it that there is
Life there, spiritual influence there, something that is counting
there.

In the end it will have counted. But this does sometimes first
of all necessitate that conflict with ambition where all those
suggestions and influences have to be laid low, and we come to the
place where we see that the way of Life is to go on with God though it
costs us everything. The law of the Spirit of Life works in that
way.... The way of Life demands that we shall get before the Lord
again, and say, “Lord, though all my earthly prospects fade, though
all my ambitions are disappointed, it is You I want. You are my
ambition, my goal. If I have You, these other things will count for
much less.” I believe that, as we can get there - and not many of us
have got a long way on that road - but as we can get there, we find
the secret of Life, of joy, of release.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ
Jesus - Chapter 4


Austin-Sparks.Net <info@austin-sparks.net>
Today, 3:14 AMYou
*September 10*

/The mystery was made known to me by revelation. (Ephesians 3:3 ESV)/

As we take account of the situation today we feel more and more deeply
convinced that the greatest need of the hour is for men of vision and
courage. But we use the word "vision" in the specific sense in which
it is used in the Bible and not in the general sense, of enterprise.
That is, what is needed above all else is men who have had a Divine
revelation by the Holy Spirit in their own hearts as to God's purpose
in this dispensation, and the particular Divine emphasis for the
present hour. There can be much enthusiasm and zeal put behind a more
or less generally conceived idea of what needs to be done, with a
resultant activity and "movement." The opposite of this, and that
which we are seeing to be so much more needed, is a burdening of the
hearts of "chosen vessels" with God's own most pressing concern at
this time, resulting in an all-consuming passion which will accept all
the cost of its realization....

There are very few men in our day of whom it can be truly said, "That
man has had a revelation from God." There is all the difference
between being saved and then going into Christian service with the
resultant studying of the Bible, the preparation of sermons,
addresses, lessons; collecting material, mastering themes and
subjects; etc., etc., and giving this out as required or as
opportunity affords - there is all the difference between this and an
open heaven, an anointing, a revelation by the Holy Spirit. It is the
difference between our laboring to get, in order to meet a constantly
recurring demand, and the Holy Spirit continually revealing Christ in
us. This is a general difference, but it is a very great one, and it
may represent all the difference between bondage and liberty, between
limitation and fullness, even between Life and death in ministry. But
this is not our particular point. The need of the hour is not only for
a higher spiritual level of ministry in general, it is for men with a
specific revelation which will meet the situation as it is /now./

By T. Austin-Sparks from: The Need of the Hour

Friday, January 5, 2018

Feed My Sheep series-Do Not Fear Evil News, Or Events

The lord has many messages Jan you will see many words The lord said step up your game and minister so you will see many words and many more of the comforting Feed my Sheep Series.

I have covered current events, I even sent by email to a few, a Prophetic Red Alert, Sounding the trumpet, warning, calling to action. The action? Prayer, The Bible, Faith, trust, calmness.

We see things daily that make men faint and are full of fear. Our rock is not like their rock. We are built on that other rock, Christ Jesus.

In my own life and prayers there has been , assurance, promise, calmness, peace. It may not seem so when I cover serious current events, these are but posts, not my own walk, and I pray remnant one, it is not the end all of your walk. I still see most are distracted, by duty, work, just getting by, worry, watching all things going on, while neglecting prayer and the word, never let current events take you away from the prayer closet and holy study of the bible.

Psa 112:1  Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Psa 112:4  Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Psa 112:7  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Vrs 7 is the message.

How are we not afraid of evil, bad news? Our eyes are fixed on Jesus and not whats going on in the world.
WE next see trust, without trust, confidence, faith in God, we are done.

Gill:

Psalms 112:7
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings,.... Either respecting things temporal; the death of friends, loss of substance, public calamities, wars and rumours of wars, commotions, confusions, convulsions, and revolutions in states, kingdoms, and nations.

 Psa_46:1 or things spiritual; such as are brought to him by Satan; that he is an hypocrite, and the root of the matter is not in him; for he knows him to be a liar, and the father of lies; or by his own unbelieving heart: or what will befall the churches of Christ, and the interest of religion, in the latter day; as that the outward court shall be given to the Gentiles; that the witnesses shall be slain, and an hour of temptation shall come upon all the earth; and such a time of tribulation as has not yet been; for he knows that the saints, will be kept in it, and carried through it, and glorious times will follow. Or, "he shall not be afraid of an evil hearing" (p); of an ill report raised of himself; for he knows he must go through good report and bad report; and especially when it is a false one, and for the sake of truth and righteousness, it gives him no uneasiness: nor is he afraid of hearing the report of the law, which in some sense may be called an evil hearing or report, in opposition to the hearing of faith, or the good report of the Gospel.

 he is not afraid of it, when it curses, those that are under it, seeing he is redeemed by Christ from the curse of it; and therefore is not afraid of its menaces and threatenings, its curse and condemnation: nor is a good man afraid of or terrified at the tidings of death; nor will he be dismayed when the last trumpet sounds, and the dead are raised; when the heavens shall melt away with a great noise; when all shall be summoned to the judgment seat, and the wicked will hear, "Go ye cursed", he will be under no fears of hearing such a sentence.

Poole:

 Of evil tidings;  at the report of approaching calamities and judgments of God, at which the wicked are so dismayed and affrighted.

Trusting in the Lord;  casting all his care upon God, and securely relying upon his providence and promise.

Barnes:

Psalms 112:7

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings - Of bad news; of reverses and losses; of the destruction of his ship at sea, or his property by land; of disaster by flood, by famine, by war. His heart will so fully confide in God that he can commit all calmly into his hands. He will feel assured that all will be well; that nothing occurs but that which the wisest and the best Being in the universe sees it best should occur; and that in all which “does” take place he is able to sustain the sufferer.

 There is nothing so well suited to make the mind calm as trust in God. What has a man to be afraid of who does trust in him? Compare Psa_27:3; Psa_46:2; Psa_56:3-4; Heb_13:6; Pro_1:33.

His heart is fixed - Is firm; is established. See the notes at Psa_57:7.

Trusting in the Lord - This is the reason “why” his heart is “fixed” or firm. It is not any native courage or resolution; it is not any firmness of his own; it is simply because he has confidence in God, and feels assured that all things will be well.

BI:

A Christian at no time ought to fear either in expectation of evil tidings, or when the tidings actually arrive. And why?

1. Because, if you be troubled, and distracted, what do you more than other men? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?

2. Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord, as they do?

3. Further, you must not give way to these doubts and alarms and fears, for, if you do, you will be unfit to meet the trouble.

4. If you give way to fright and fear when you hear of evil tidings, how can you glorify God?

Dear reader, we are in days that many have never seen before. Evil has been allowed to take over world affairs, but evil has not been allowed to take over your Christian walk. Trust in the lord, wait on him, he will come in his way, his time, and do all he has spoken to your heart about. Let us today fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,

Hos 5:15  I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

If we do this, examine and repent, we can rest assure our way will be made straight and or path smooth.



“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.”

- Psa_112:7
Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?

Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?

Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

~Spurgeon