Predestination #15-D

January 20, 2022

Good morning brothers and sisters,

This morning’s word in the vocabulary of salvation is a source of contention among some.  We often refer to it as the P-word, not even daring to bring it up to those we know do not agree with this doctrine.  In fact we have been accused on more than one occasion of being 5-point Calvinists; and it was indeed an accusation as if it were a dirty word!  We do not count ourselves under the banner of any mainstream religion.  We are children of the Living God who believe that God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent in the extreme.  He knows all, He is everywhere at once, and He is all powerful.  He controls the life of man and gives life everlasting to those whom He will.  To suggest anything less is to take from HIS glory.  If God does not know all then He is no god at all. 

I see Spurgeon quoted on Facebook by those whom I know to not believe in this doctrine; in fact we have had discussions about it together and their stand is staunch.  So let’s now look at what Spurgeon had to say on this topic in a sermon he entitled GLORIOUS PREDESTINATION on March 24, 1872 (These are only excerpts from his quite lengthy sermon)

Here stands the case. Man was originally made in the image of God, but by sin he has defaced that privilege, and now we who are born into this world are fashioned, not in the heavenly image of God, but in the earthy image of the fallen Adam. “We have borne,” says the apostle, in the first epistle to the Corinthians, “the image of the earthy.” The Lord, in boundless grace, has resolved that a company, whom no man can number, called here, “many brethren,” shall be restored to His image in the particular form in which His eternal Son displays it. To this end Jesus Christ came into the world and bore our image, that we, through His grace, might bear His image; He became a partaker of our infirmities and sicknesses that we might be partakers of the divine nature in all its excellence and purity. Therefore, the one thing to which the Lord is working us through His Spirit, both by providence and by grace, is the likeness of the Lord from heaven; He is evermore transforming the chosen— removing that defilement of sin, and molding them after the perfect model of His Son, Jesus Christ, the second Adam, who is the First-Born among the “many brethren.”                                                                                 

Now, observe that PREDESTINATION IS THE IMPELLING FORCE TOWARDS THIS CONFORMITY. This truth of God divides itself thus—it is the will of God that conforms us to Christ’s image rather than our own will. It is our will now, but it was God’s will when it was not our will, and it only became according to our will when we were converted, because God’s grace had made us willing in the day of its power. We cannot be made like Christ unwillingly—a consenting will is essential to the likeness of Christ! Unwilling obedience would be disobedience. Naturally we never will towards good without God, but God works in us to will and to do; God treats us as men responsible and intelligent, and not as stone or metal; He made us free agents, and He treats us as such. We are willing now to be conformed to the image of Jesus. Yes, we are more than willing—we are anxious and desirous for it! But still the main and first motive power lay not in our will, but in His will, and today the immutable force which is best to be depended upon does not lie in our fickle, feeble will, but in the unchanging and omnipotent will of God; the force that is conforming us to Christ is the will of God in predestination                                                                                                                                                 And now Noah Webster’s definition: PREDESTINA’TION, noun The act of decreeing or foreordaining events; the decree of God by which he hath, from eternity, unchangeably appointed or determined whatever comes to pass. It is used particularly in theology to denote the preordination of men to everlasting happiness or misery. Predestination is a part of the unchangeable plan of the divine government; or in other words, the unchangeable purpose of an unchangeable God.

There are only four times in the Scriptures where the word predestinate/predestinated occur but there is a recuring theme in the Bible for those who God did foreknow, elect, chose, appoint, and ordain to eternal life.  The Scripture passage Spurgeon used if found in Romans chapter 8.  This chapter is held close by all believing Christians to be their hope in this world; it is a source of comfort to those who are not subject to condemnation anymore but “walk in the Spirit” even though some would toss out the word “predestinate”. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

These words of Paul speak of our not only of our predestination but also of our preservation in Him.  Paul seems to search the known universe for things that could possibly come between us and our loving Father, but he concludes by saying absolutely nothing “shall be able to separate us” for God the Father who chose us to be “called, justified, and finally glorified” when we shall see Him in Heaven.

Consider this passage also:   1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins

We did not decide in our own capacity to love God.  We were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1b), unable to choose what was right or save ourselves.  “Herein is love” herein is His love for us long before we were even a passing thought.  There’s a song David sings “When He Was On The Cross”  with the verse that describes God’s love for us as His only begotten Son died for us:

Though His eyes were on the crowd that day;

He looked ahead in time;

For when He was on the cross;

I was on His mind!

Thank you Father for loving us that much!  How else can we even call you God if not for your Glorious Predestination!

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

The Devil’s Dirty D’s. #1

lion and doubt
January 15, 2022
Good morning brothers and sisters!
Over the next few weeks let’s take a look at what the devil uses of our emotions and perceived thoughts to take some of our joy away in these troubled times.  Our first installment will be doubt and disbelief.
These dirty deeds of the devil were first done way back in the Garden of Eden when he as the serpent, came to beguile Eve.
Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Satan begins immediately by placing doubt in Eve’s mind about the Word of God, “hath God said…?” I mean, are you really sure that is what God said? But, in fact that was not what God had said, Eve added her own words to it. She added “neither shall ye touch it”. Adding our own 2 cents to the Word of God is just as bad as taking away from it.
Instead of focusing on the blessing of being able to “eat of the fruit of the TREES” the emphasis of Satan is the restriction God placed on them with the tree of knowledge. The entire Garden of Eden lay before them but Satan through his craftiness was able to place disbelief in Eve’s mind. With a few more words “Ye shall not surely die” the doubt found fertile ground in Eve’s heart to spring up into full grown disbelief. I can almost hear Satan say with a sneer, “You ain’t gonna die! God just knows that if you do eat it, you will be as smart as He is. He just wants to keep you under His thumb!” Satan is still whispering this in the ears of people today. “Why do you want to serve God? He just wants to keep you from having any fun! You can worry about all that salvation junk later! Let’s live it up while we still can!” Falling for Satan’s lies was a big mistake back then, and it is still a huge mistake today.
The Serpent walked into the Garden, but he slithered out a cursed being, as we are told in1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. His sole mission on this earth is to bring down every Christian he can.  We must be “stedfast in the faith” keeping our hearts and minds toward the things of God. 
The best way to eliminate doubt and disbelief is to educate yourself. The Bible tells us in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Know the Bible and know no doubt!
Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.
~Terrie~

The Counsel of God

January 13, 2022

The Vocabulary of Salvation                                                                                                                        #15-D

Good morning brothers and sisters!                                                                                                

This morning we are continuing in our study of the vocabulary of salvation with the subtopic counsel.  As we always do, we begin with Noah Webster’s definition:

COUNSEL, noun [Latin , to consult; to ask, to assail.]                                                                 

1. Advice; opinion, or instruction, given upon request or otherwise, for directing the                                    judgment or conduct of another; opinion given upon deliberation or consultation.

2. Consultation; interchange of opinions.                                                                      

3. Deliberation; examination of consequences.                                                                       

4. Prudence; deliberate opinion or judgment, or the faculty or habit of judging with caution.                  

5. In a scriptural sense, purpose; design; will; decree.                                                                    

6. Directions of Gods word.                                                                                                                   

7.The will of God or his truth and doctrines concerning the way of salvation.

The first mention of the counsel of God is found in Judges 20:18 ¶ And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first. This is not the first time that Israel sought the advice and counsel of the LORD but it is the first mention of our word here today.  Not surprisingly, when the children of Israel heeded the counsel of God the battle turned their way, but more often than not they turned from Him and His counsel.   It is a wise thing to ask our omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God what His opinion is before embarking on any action we may be considering!                                                                                     

Next, we have three key verses that tell of the great workings of the counsel of God.  We will see in these the deliberate and willful intent of God’s blessings on those He has called into His grace.                                                                                                                                              

The first chapter of the book of Ephesians is all about what God has done for us according to His will.  Ephesians 1:11 7 In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.                                                                                           

Some folks balk at the word predestination and the idea that God has chosen whom He will to share in His glory, but for me it is a great comfort to know that I have such a great and loving God overseeing my life.  The only thing that I can be sure of within my own self is that I would make a supreme mess of my walk here on this earth if left to my own devices.                                                 

Our God is able to see clearly the beginning from the end; the right from the wrong; the good from the bad.                                                                                                                                                             Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

Hebrews 6:17 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.                                                                             

Our God’s promises to His people are immutable, or unchanging over time, and indeed unable to be changed.  He is not influenced by situations or constraints of time; He is time.  His is from everlasting to everlasting and is able to see it all clearly.                                                   

The author of Hebrews takes us back to a time when the King of Salem, Melchizedek appeared to Abraham in Genesis 14. Hebrews 7 tells us more about this Melchisedec beginning in verse 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.  So Melchisedec is said to be a foreshadowing of our LORD Jesus.  This was a bit of a rabbit to our study but a worthy one to be chased! 

And once again, our LORD Jesus will have the last say in our study with good counsel to the church of the Laodiceans.  We must remember that God’s counsel sometimes comes as a rebuke.  He is a loving Father who wants His children to be the best they possibly can be.  Be zealous therefore, and repent!                                                                                                                                                    Revelation 3:17 (red letters) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

The Trees Shall Clap Their Hands

January 11, 2022

Good morning!

The holidays are over; the days are short and cold, but this time of year always reminds me that life, even though it looks bleak and dead, holds the promise of renewal.

David and I like to go for drives of the evening just around sunset and count the whitetail deer we see. We live in a rural area surrounded by farmland and have counted as many as 75 in a single evening. With the fields harvested they are easier to spot, but in the wood-line, God has provided them with disguise. The empty fields are evidence too that a bountiful harvest has taken place. Across the road from us black Angus cows take every opportunity to soak up as much of the sunlight as possible. They have no understanding of God, but they enjoy all of His blessings; they are fat and content. God has not removed His hand from us yet.

Our Scripture today is from the book of Isaiah, a wonderful book of the Bible that is full of prophecy concerning Christ with incredible accuracy and insight into what the believer can expect in the future. The prophet uses nature to assure us that God is in control and knows exactly when to send what we need to be successful. I have used this chapter several times in my blogs; it is still one of my favorites!

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Seeking the Lord requires action on our part. To “seek” means more than just to look for; the Lexicon gives the meaning as to seek deity in prayer and worship. Too often we seek what is in His hand for us and not His face so we might have a relationship with Him. “While he may be found” tells us that there is coming a time when it may be too late. Just because we have a Bible, and we sit in church does not mean we are seeking Him. But how can we seek Him, or know the mind of God? There is a reason the Word of God is called the Word of God; through the pages of the Bible He speaks to us. It is there that we learn to follow His commandments, and to “forsake” our old ways. To “return” is to repent from the ways of sin back toward God. God’s Word is a road map with the route to our happiness and well-being clearly marked. All roads lead to Him where He will greet us with “mercy” and “will abundantly pardon” any transgression we may have committed.

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

God’s Word is as refreshing and regenerating as the rain and snow are to a dry land. Paul spoke of this in 1 Corinthians 3 beginning in verse 6: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” God’s Word is planted in the hearts and minds of the people who hear the Word of God, but it is God who makes “it bring forth and bud” into a life giving tree. We may think that we are preaching into the air, but we have the promise that His “word” “that goeth forth” “shall not return” to Him “void” or empty of any worth. “It shall prosper in the thing whereto” He has sent it. That is the power of His Word! It is ALWAYS working and ALWAYS accomplishing His will.

Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Just as our drives through the country reminded us, the hills of southern Illinois broke forth with glory unto us even though it appears dead to the human eye, we saw the splendor of God’s creation and the animals He has given us to sustain life. His blessings on us are always as fresh and new as the very first spring. We know that spring will come again and the entire creation of God will greet it as with “singing” praises, and applause for the majesty of the Creator. (It’s a Julie Andrews moment!)

God’s Word will continue as long as this life goes on. It will always accomplish His intended purpose; His will shall always be done. He alone controls the balance of nature, the change of the seasons and all the fullness of the earth; all of nature rejoices in Him. There is nothing of this earth that He is not in control of. He holds your life anyway so why not surrender and know all the blessings that he has for you? He is waiting to hear from you.

If you need someone to pray with or for you please leave your contact information and we would be glad to help any way that we can.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory for ever.

~Terrie~

The Word of God

January 4, 2022

Good morning brothers and sisters!

I would like to talk this evening about a subject that is near and dear to my heart and I pray that it is to yours as well, the Bible. I had rather lose both arms and legs than to lose my ability to read and hear the Word of God; that is how passionate I am about this wonderful Book.

The Bible is the most loved, translated, sold and also the most feared Book known to mankind. Down through the ages Satan has used kings, rulers, government and even some authorities within the church to try to stop the power of the Word of God. But just as the Bible itself tells us in Psalms 119:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven God has kept and preserved it. No other Book in all of man’s history can boast of the intense satisfaction that the reader of this treasure finds in its ancient wisdom. Second only to the indwelling of the Holy Ghost as the most precious gift to those that are called by His name, the Bible continues to bring comfort and hope to the world.

Here are just a few Scriptures that I like where the word of God is symbolized to be sustaining to our physical as well as our spiritual health.

Again, we turn to the Psalms:

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The Bible provides clarity and directions for the Christian daily walk and serves as a road map through the journey of life. His Word is unchanging, but it provides the change the sin-sick soul requires.

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

His words are to be devoured in the sense that we are to take them in to ourselves just as food gives our bodies strength so does the Word give us spiritual strength.

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

God’s word is part of our full armor of protection it is the sword of the Spirit. We are in spiritual warfare with Satan every day that can only be defeated with the word of God. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-12) the only weapon He used against the Devil was the word of God; it is all that we need too. The “helmet of salvation” is to protect the mind against the attack of the evil spirits. It surrounds the head and keeps us protected for the lies of the enemy.

1Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The Word of God is both life itself and the hope of the eternal life forever in His presence. The Bible is an amazing Book that brings new clarity each and every time it is read. The Spirit reveals new truths as we need them.

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

If we look to the Bible for guidance, the word read will reflect in our lives. It is not enough to simply hear the Word of God but we must live it to show that the love of God is in us. To be called Christ-ian is to take the name of the LORD to ourselves. We are not to take His name in vain or for nothing. Good works are to follow the Good Word revealed in the heart.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. And again: James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

The Bible is vital for a strong church!

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is pofitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Everything that we need to know to lead a successful happy life is contained in the pages of the Bible. To know the Bible is to know God; He lives in the pages of the Bible and He still speaks through them to those who are willing to hear. No Christian walk is complete without this amazing Book!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2021

Good morning!

The LORD has brought us to not only a new day but a new year. What will it bring? If the past two are any indication then I shudder to think! The new year brings two certainties: God is still on His throne, and one day all this will pass away.
Today as never before we are facing difficult times. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3 beginning in verse 1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Paul tells us these things will happen in “the last days” and gives us a laundry list of attributes those who are living in the last days will have, but since the fall of Adam in the garden these characteristics have plagued mankind.

Let’s turn our attention to verse 5. Paul warns us that these folks will have a “form of godliness” about them as well. The word “form” appears only here and in Romans 2:20 where Paul admonishes the Jewish teachers for teaching others principles that they themselves do not adhere to. By outward appearance they have the proper form which means a mere form or semblance of the truth. In short, they have head knowledge but not heart knowledge; yet they present themselves to be something they are not. The outward trappings may be of holy robes, priests’ collars, and a PhD. before their names yet they themselves “deny the power” of God in their own lives. They are the wolves in sheep’s clothing the LORD warned us of. (Matthew 7:15) They are the “tares” sown by the enemy in Matthew 13:25. “They are spots in your feasts of charity” (Jude 12) Paul tells us to “turn away” from them, but how do we know who they are? Prayer, primarily, and the test of time: 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. Pray for the Spirit to let you see the true nature; I have used this many times and have never been led astray. And thankfully, a pretender can only maintain the facade for so long; they will manifest their true nature.
Everyday we are bombarded with images, voices, and situations that can cause the strongest to yield to the pressures of this present day. The closer the walk with the LORD, the stronger the attack from the enemy will be. And oh the subtle ways he has to sneak in and steal a Christian’s joy!
God does not leave us to our own devices to face the Adversary; in our own strength we can do nothing. We can have a successful walk in this evil day if we are fully armed.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Attending church is not necessary for salvation, but there is no substitution for the support that fellow Christians can give in times of trials and persecutions because sadly, some of the most vicious persecutions come from our own family members who don’t understand our new lives and the joy that we have when we walk with the Lord.
We are guaranteed persecutions if we love the Lord as the Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

But, we are not of them that have no hope. Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

So bring it on 2022! We are ready, and fully equipped to combat whatever this world may throw at us next, for what shall separate us from the love of God?
Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever!

~Terrie~

You’re Invited!

December 28, 2021

Good morning brothers and sisters!

Here we are, about to begin a new year. These past two years have been difficult to say the least. Our country is teetering on the edge of ruin if the LORD does not intervene. Yet we know that we are just passing through this world and a better one awaits those who have come to know Christ. That’s why I am extending an invitation to you today.

There is something about an invitation. I remember as a child in school when it came time for a birthday party we would bring invitations into the class to give to our friends never realizing what it was doing to the ones we decided not to invite. I was one of those kids a few times that were slighted for whatever reason; feeling like an outcast and undesirable. Sometimes it is tough being a kid! My point is that an invitation makes you feel special that we are wanted and accepted by those around us.

An invitation is a powerful way to reach out to others. A business man may ask a prospective client out for lunch, or the new family in the neighborhood may feel welcomed by the invitation of another established family. I remember years ago the Welcome Wagon used to be quite active welcoming new families to town. On a personal note; where would I be if David had not invited me out on a date?

The Bible is full of invitations as well. One of the first invitations was from God to Noah and his family.

Genesis 7:1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

This was the first call of the righteous to salvation; not an eternal salvation but from the wrath of God upon an unrighteous world.

The book of Isaiah extends an invitation that is a predecessor of the invitation of Christ. Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

For the New Testament witness to this we find Jesus telling the woman at the well of the pure water that He offers the thirsty soul.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The song “There Is A River” describes this fountain of life that flows through the Master. It is a spring that will never run dry or lose its healing power. There is a thirst of the human soul that cannot be quenched but by this water that Jesus invites us to partake of.

Jesus gave His disciples what we call the great commission in Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We too are to invite people into the kingdom of God but often we are apprehensive about extending the invitation. Why do we feel this way if we enjoy all that fellowship with God brings? Shouldn’t we be eager to have new friends enjoy this blessing from God?

I am as guilty as anyone about this. It is not that I am ashamed of the Gospel, but I have always had a hard time talking with new people. I know that I have missed many opportunities to witness but have let my own feelings of inadequacies get in the way.

I have noticed in churches that we have attended that the invitation time is VERY important; if not the most important time during the service. But often the “saved” are anxious to get out the doors and can be disruptive. If a person is feeling the pull of the Spirit and may be apprehensive about it, the slightest distraction could break the conviction for that day, but the LORD will keep convicting until His will is completed. Jesus tells us in John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Many lives have been completely transformed by the invitation extended by someone in the love of Christ. We are not the ones that soften the heart but we are the ones that the Lord uses as vessels to carry His message. It may take several people and several occasions for His work to be completed in the heart. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. The LORD may use several people to present His message, but it is always in His perfect timing.

Have you accepted the invitation? Have you ever been invited? If not I am inviting you now. Come to Jesus, surrender to Him and your life will never be the same! I will not promise you that all your problems will be over; far from it but they will be easier because you will have help. Galatians 6: 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

~Terrie~

Charles Spurgeon

It is a blessed thing to put your ear down to the promises of Scripture till you hear God speaking
through them to your soul. It is truly profitable to read a Gospel commandment and to listen to its voice
until God Himself speaks it with power to your heart. I pray you, do not regard anything that is preached
here unless it agrees with what is written there in the Bible. If it is only my word, throw it away. But if it
is God’s truth that I declare to you, if God Himself speaks it through my lips, you will disregard it at
your peril
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Can I lose My Salvation?

December 21, 2021

Good morning!

I have heard many debates on this issue; one side just as adamant as the other on the subject. Just as quickly as the question is asked the answer is quickly given in an “absolutely!” or an “absolutely not!” It amazes me how one book can lead to so many different opinions.

Imagine being a child and your family standing depends on your behavior. If you are good today, you can stay; but if you misbehave tomorrow, you have to leave. The love of your parents is then conditional. As a child you would be a neurotic mess; teetering on a tightrope where one misstep would be fatal.
Unfortunately, there are some Christians today who are walking that tightrope, in near despair because they fear losing their salvation, and being kicked out of the family of God.

If you have been born again, you are part of God’s family regardless of your behavior. But, by the same token if you are truly born again, it will show in your behavior. If you belong to Christ, you are part of the family of God and can enjoy the emotional security our Heavenly Father wants us to experience.

Jesus said in John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life; 28 And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Believing that one can lose one’s salvation is like saying that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was inadequate; that all His suffering and His dying was not enough to provide eternal security. On the cross, Christ said in John 19:30 It is finished. These words mean that our sin account was paid in full. He paid the full price. If you truly have accepted the gift of salvation, you are fully forgiven – for sins past, present and future sins. There is a difference between having a relationship and true fellowship with God. Relationship is established by birth, and fellowship is established by life. A Christian out of fellowship may be chastened, but he cannot lose his relationship established by the new birth. Jesus wrote that in blood on the cross.

Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Notice that Paul places our works in 2 categories; ones that are nonflammable and those that readily burn. Our works on earth will be tried and what things are good and pleasing to God (gold, silver, precious stone), will stand and only be purified by God’s refining fire, but those that are of not edifying to ourselves or the kingdom (wood, hay, stubble), will be burned and we will suffer some sort of loss but we will still be saved. However, any form of loss when it comes to the kingdom is a dear loss indeed!

This is not a blanket grace that can be thrown over a multitude of sin; but it is knowing that if we INADVERTENTLY sin we can come to God with a repentant heart and receive fellowship again.
1 John 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

So how do you know that you know? If you believe on the name of Jesus you are as good as there! You cannot then go out and willfully commit sin without suffering loss, but your salvation will be secure in Jesus.

The Apostle John wrote of our Advocate in 1 John 2 beginning in verse 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

In the middle of these verses there is an “if”. If we keep his commandments. Jesus summarized the commandments when asked by a Sadducee which was the greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Paul gives us a second witness to this in Romans 13 beginning in verse 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus is our Advocate in the times when we do not follow Him as we should; we all need Him in this role as our Advocate!

Noah Webster defines advocate as: “One who defends, vindicates, or espouses a cause, by argument; one who is friendly to; as, an advocate for peace, or for the oppressed.” We would call Him our lawyer today. He stands for us when we are accused by the evil one; pleading His own blood as our covering. For a detailed look at the word propitiation, visit our page The Vocabulary of Salvation on our WordPress site http://www.bloggingfortheglory2 it is number 4 in the list.

If you are not sure of your salvation and that Jesus died for you, ask Him into your heart today, turn from your sin, and trust Him for the rest. If you need someone to pray with you, please leave your contact information with us and we will get back to you soon.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

Jesus and Isaac

Good morning!

Today I’d like to share the comparison of the stories of Isaac and Jesus and how the love of their fathers saved us all.

Genesis 22:1 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

The word “tempt” here actually means to try. God was testing Abraham’s faith in Him. Image what Abraham must have been thinking at this point. He had always known God to be a God of mercy that was repulsed by the pagan religions that sanctified human sacrifice, but now God was asking the unthinkable of Abraham. Isaac was the product of a miracle and God had already promised Abraham that through his descendants He would be the father of many nations. But Abraham did not question God. Just as Isaac was Abrahams beloved son so was Jesus God’s beloved. Here too is the first mention of the word love in the Bible.

Matthew 3:17 “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God was not asking Abraham to do anything that He Himself was not willing to do.

Genesis 22:3 “And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up , and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”

Without hesitation or trying to put off the day Abraham rises “early in the morning” to be about the business of God’s command to him. Notice that Abraham tells the men with them that “I and the lad” will be back! Abraham may not have known how it would all play out, but he had faith that God would be true to His word. It is said too that this very spot, called “the land of Moriah” in verse 2, would later be the place where Jesus was crucified for us all. Abraham could see the place “afar off” where sacrifice would be perfected; far off in land, and far off in time, but the shadow of that great day of sacrifice had already been cast. This is the first mention of the word “worship” in the Bible as well.

Genesis 22:6 “And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.”

The wood is placed on Isaac’s shoulders to carry just as Christ carried His cross. Just as Abraham stayed by the side of his son as he walked up the hill to be sacrificed, God was strengthening His Son for the time appointed to Him.

Genesis 22:7 “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said , My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”

Again, the faith of Abraham shows that He trusts God to provide a fit sacrifice even though he had already been told Isaac was to be the sacrifice. Isaac’s only question in all of this is, where is the lamb? They had undoubtedly performed this ritual several times together, but this time was different.

Genesis 22:9 “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.”

Notice that Isaac never struggled or cried out to his father just as our LORD Jesus did as the Bible tells us in Isaiah 53: 7 “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” Even though Abraham was well over 100 years old at this time and Isaac being in his youth could have struggled and fled, yet in obedience to his father he laid down as commanded.

Genesis 22:10 “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”

Perhaps Abraham knew that God was able to raise Isaac again unto him, or perhaps he believed all along that God would somehow stop him. In either scenario Abraham was acting in great faith, and this great faith was about to be rewarded. We cannot overlook the parallel here between Abraham’s “only son” and the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son. In mercy God stopped Abraham; in mercy He completes the sacrifice of His Son. Only the blood sacrifice of Jesus is sufficient.

13 “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.”

Imagine the relief they must have both felt when the ram appeared. Once again Abraham’s faith in God to provide the sacrifice as he had told Isaac verse 8 held true.

Genesis 22:15 “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said , By myself have I sworn , saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore: and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies ; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

How was it that Abraham’s “seed” or descendants blessed the entire world? From his only son Isaac came Jacob and his twelve sons that would be the twelve tribes of Israel. One of the sons of Jacob (Israel) was Judah, and out of Judah came the Messiah, Jesus Christ our LORD.

God still demanded a sacrifice that day, but He provided the perfect sacrifice on that day. Through this Old Testament story, we can clearly see the story of the Perfect Lamb of God and the love of the Father that completed the task.

Isaac’s picture of Jesus becomes even clearer when we consider these points:

· Both were loved by their father.

· Both offered themselves willingly.

· Both carried wood up the hill of their sacrifice.

· Both were sacrificed on the same hill.

· Both were delivered from death on the third day.

God expects obedience from His children; obedience is love. If faced with this, could I do what Abraham was asked to do? I shudder to think of it. This was given for an example for us, to show the love that God has for us that he would give His only begotten Son for us.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Abraham so loved Isaac, but the love of God for His children surpasses any notion of love we may even consider.

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory for ever.

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