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Et Lux tennebrae lucet…..   Leave a comment

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness does not comprehend it, so it is wiht the Halloween goers and the lovers of worldly pleasure, God is fattening up those intended for Judgment, for He know their day is coming. A word of encourgement to those who Love Jesus and His Word, and are suffering hardships of many kinds. God Sees. He sees it all. There is nothing that passes His gaze.

It is quite amzaing really, considering that our generation are starting to look like the Sodom and Gomorrah of this age, maybe it is time to take a step back and re-evaluate where we stand in terms of this world. Does the world love us? The the love of the Father is not in us, Do we love the truth of God’s Word? Do we esteem the gift of Salvation and our Communion with God more than sin that lasts only for a season. I am at pains to labour this point. Dont do things that break your communion with God! Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by which we are sealed for the day of redemption.

There is a better world to come, the Bible says say, Jesus says so. Those who are still in unbelief of this will one day see the folly of their ways, so let us not be unbelieving but believing. As of first importance christ died for our sin according to the Scriptures, so let us hold firmly to that while it is still today, and not give in to the world with a feebl heart of unbelief, God will make a way in the wilderness and a path through the sea to take us to Himself, but He will not leave us to wallow in our sin.

Peace be with you

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Posted October 29, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Uncategorized

Glory in This…   1 comment

Jeremiah 9:24 (New King James Version) 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

There are a few things in this life that deeply move me, and one of them is the knowledge that without the knowledge of God and the Grace of Jesus Christ I am nothing more than kindling for the fires of hell. When I consider myself I consider my weakness, my chronic illness and my depression that has been a great handicap in my life and I have this to say. “God meant it for good” I am not strong, and not wise, I fail frequently in my new years resolutions don’t last longer then the day I made them. But does this make me a candidate for heaven? I somehow don’t think so.

Many have such handicaps and worse and become bitter and resentful. Yet it is those who the world regards as beautiful, and successful that I think are more prone to damn themselves by their own self righteousness and self sufficiency. As It is I can make no such boast, I can look to the Cross of Jesus and their see my sins nailed to Calvary, I can look to heaven and see Christ exalted and see that He is my righteousness, I do not after all have any merit or any inherent value in myself. I do cry, “O that I may know Him!” But then there is the still deep seated moral corruptions in my soul and I am again weakened at the knees. I have come to see that the human heart is any abyss that is filled with corruptions that would fit it for hell anyday, it is only Christ’s mercy that upholds me, there is absolutely nothing I can add to either my justification or sanctification.

 Is this negative? I don’t think so, It is the realism that comes with conviction, the conviction that Christ alone can satisfy me, and that whatever the world offers, if nothing but candy coated rat poison. I rejoice in the fact that God still delights in exercising, loving kindness and judgment and righteousness, for this is then my hope as it should be yours also there is no hope in anything else, except in the Cross of Christ.

Posted October 25, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

Desiring God above all else   Leave a comment

I cannot think of anything more desirable than to be with Christ, there is nothing more alluring and no thought more satsifying than to think that one day my eyes will behold the King of Glory. having said that I consider myslef and find in myself no good thing, why would the King of Glroy have me in His Home of eternal Joy and rest? I can think of nothing but the cross of Calvary and how the blood of Christ was shed for my sins, and the righteousness of Christ given to me me as glorious dress. This is indeed the stuff the makes me hope, many I am sure live thorugh pain without any sense of hope, many live through loss without any vison of a  glorious future to come.

May I say to you , Look to Jesus! Look to Jesus!. As I sit here I feel in my body that this world is not my home, it is not where my Joy is made complete, it is not in the world and its things that I find pleasure, in fact in it I find only distraction, and that makes me mad at the fact of sin. Sin ruins evertyhing and then spoils good pleasures like love and gratitude and kindesss and is to be hated with a most sincere hatred.

What glories there are to look forward to, is it too much pains now to forsake the world its wayward lusts and seemingly alluring pleausre. There is only pain in indulging in sin, and you will find it a sugar coated pill with with a deadly soul killing centre. Let us then persevere, and even if the progress is painfully slow, let us make some progress in personal holiness. Let us forsake this world that is hurtling into oblivion at the speed of lightning. Consider even your eyes that you behold the offerings of this world with are the eyes with which you will one day behold Christ with. Make your calling and election sure and do not play with the allurements of this world, it is fleeing and soon you too will find yourself face to face with God. May that be a glorious do for you, a day to be greatly anticipated, and rejoiced in and not a day of Judgement.

May the Peace of Christ dwell in your hearts and fill you with all the fullness of God.

Selah

Posted October 22, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional, Theology

The object of our love   Leave a comment

Most times, like today, I sit reflecting up what Christ has done for me upon Calvary. The price He paid for my sins and the blood He shed for me.  This verse from Isaiah has really come alive for me just lately.
Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

These words in themselves seem wondrous. Christ is or was “ acquainted with grief” This is a very profound insight that this is God the verse is talking about. Christ. God is therefore not oblivious to human pain and suffering, indeed to Him who did in no manner deserve to be despised and rejected, He suffered this for our sake. This is itself is a truth that should calm the most quivering heart. God has compassion for our human fallenness for though He was by no means tainted by sin, He suffered the same things as we must suffer every day in our lives. Sometimes humiliation, sometimes alienation.

It is glorious to consider that we have such a Saviour who knows our human frame not only as One who made it, but who lived as a man himself and felt what it was like to walk in human shoes.
This God whom we worship demanded the sacrifice for sin, showed what it should be, and then paid the ultimate price to buy us out of sin, slavery and eternal death.
Isaiah continues to say “ we esteemed him not”  This is another thing I marvel at, Christ was not one who was cherished by the world and its peoples. He knew from a human perspective what it was to be outcast. He knew despair and hopelessness.
This ultimate love shown to us by God deserves the ultimate worship, praise and adoration, to not love Him is to invite the punishment He bore, upon ourself. If we would not have His sacrifice then we deserve the despair of an eternity in Hell.
The one who does not cherish this glorious gift from a loving God, or makes little of it surely deserves nothing but wrath from the Almighty.

A Puritan of old wrote, “ shows whom we cherish and whom we worship”  Christ must be the object of our love, if we love Him not above all else even sorrow and suffering, then we worship a idol of sorts. God has made a incredible way to reach and touch and change our hearts. And if we have not embrace Christ on the cross who bore our sins and took our punishment upon Him, then we have not shown any love to God.
These are the contemplations that only break through a broken heart, when we see our desperation, we see God’s solution. There is no such thing as achieving enough merit to enter heaven, we enter by the blood and merits of Christ alone and no other.

In the words engraved on Martin Luthers’ tombstone. “ We are beggars” No more, no less. The One who was ultimately so despised and rejected has opened the heaven of God for us, and we are reconciled to God by His wounds. This has to be the greatest truth in all the world.

Posted September 29, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Uncategorized

Let not conscience make you linger…   Leave a comment

Let not conscience make you linger, Nor of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness He requireth; Is to feel your need of Him.

This quote from a Hymn,” All the fitness He requireth; Is to feel your need of Him.” I like that, the human tendency is to first when drawn to the throne of grace and to Come to Christ, receive His gift, and then promptly try to earn it. John Piper has put a name to this tendency,  he calls it the Debtors ethic.

We have been given grace so now we think we “owe” It is such a deeply ingrained thing, in our human nature, and to be sure, gratitude is a good thing. Can a man repay for anything?  It seems a considerable impossibility. Luther put it this way.

Thus I raged with a fierce and troubled conscience. Nevertheless, I beat importunately upon Paul at [Romans 1:17], most ardently desiring to know what St. Paul wanted. At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, I gave heed to the context of the words, namely, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.'” There I began to understand [that] the righteousness of God is . . . righteousness with which [the] merciful God justifies us by faith. . . . Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates. (Martin Luther: Selections, pp. 11-12)

That is the heart of the matter, “feeling our need of Him, the more we feel our need of Him, the more we are inclined to obey. Suffering has never ceased to be the school of the Spirit, and the sons of the world don’t seem to be harassed by their talk or actions. Yet those who fear the Lord can know this, those whom He loves he disciplines.

Yet we cannot linger over matters of conscience for the accuser of the brethren uses tender consciences to accuse, those who would fear the Lord and obey His decrees. It was as Luther said for me too, when I saw that the righteousness God requires is the righteousness He gives to those who but receive it by faith my aching conscience could find peace.

This puts me in the place of feeling my need of Him daily, running to God when all we feel is shame for sin, is never easy, but it is the only thing to do. The invitation still is, “Come ye who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest….” Jesus know better than we do that we can out of ourselves do nothing.  The righteousness given to those who receive it by faith is the logic of heaven. And today again I feel my need of it. Do you?

Posted September 29, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Uncategorized

The substance of things hoped for   Leave a comment

Eternal life is promised to us, but it is promised to the dead; we are told
of the resurrection of the blessed, but meantime we are involved in corruption; we are declared to be just, and sin dwells within us; we hear that we are blessed, but meantime we are overwhelmed by untold miseries;
we are promised an abundance of good things, but we are often hungry
and thirsty; God proclaims that He will come to us immediately, but
seems deaf to our cries. . . . Faith is therefore rightly called the substance
of things which are still the objects of hope. ( John Calvin)

Hope…….blessed hope, I do not know about you, friend, but I have to side with Calvin here. I cannot fathom the grace of God, because I know myself so thoroughly to be undeserving of it. I know only of spiritual and emotional and physical struggles. Imminent catastrophe as the world goes mad around me, what shall a man put his hope in? If not in God I do not know of anything else, if not in that Christ died in my stead, taking the blow for me, taking the hell I deserved and opened heaven for me, I would have no hope.
I don’t know about you friend, but I hate the sin I find in my life, the little foxes that ruin life and make living a painful affair. Yet I hope, and believe in God who has chosen to be gracious to me. Do you never wonder that Christ has a care for you friend? Has the thought crossed your mind that you are really a hell deserving man, and not deserving of any divine favor?
Or are you still insistent that somehow God is still owing you something? Look to the Cross I tell you, look to the Cross. There is no hope for any wretched soul other than in the cross.
Leave your life sin and religious piety and look to the cross. It is Christ Jesus who Justifies, yet if you let this fact pass you by, you will answer to the Law of Moses, and its punishments.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, be saved from the wrath of God, that is coming on the face of the earth. More surely than the sunrise and sunset, is the wrath that is to come. Come then, before then, and welcome to Jesus Christ!

Posted September 20, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

What did you do with Jesus Christ?”   Leave a comment

There is no fear of God before their eyes. And the rejection of Jesus Christ—God the Son—Whom God the Father has appointed to be our Savior, our King, and our Lord, is the most daring and damning of all sins.

There is nothing in this world that reveals what is in the human heart so clearly as what a man does with the real Lord and Christ. The rejection of Jesus Christ certainly proves a wicked heart. Hear this O sinner, the great question on the Judgment Day will be: “What did you do with Jesus Christ?”

Oh yes, I can imagine some people on that day. That man who sits in yonder gallery trying to make light of what I am saying tonight, he will be there. I can see him standing before the Judgment Bar. The throng will fall back, there will be a profound silence. Then comes rolling forth like the sound of mighty rushing waters the majestic Voice of the awesome and dreadful Judge: “You man, what did you do with Jesus Christ!” Who is to be the Judge that day? None other than Jesus Christ Himself.

The Lord Christ Jesus Whom you are rejecting is to be that Judge. This same Jesus Christ of Nazareth Whom you are robbing of the honor which is His due will be that Judge. That same Christ Who’s Divinity you are denying. And not that you have any real reason to deny it, but simply in your proud and arrogant heart you want to deny it. And you want to comfort yourself in your sin. That same Christ Whom you are trampling underfoot will sit as Judge that day.

That will be a very dark day for some. I can imagine that man or woman in this audience tonight who’s been telling their friends they do not believe that Jesus is God, and who’s been trampling the God the Son underfoot, and who have been resisting the invitations of mercy, maybe even for years now, you will stand before that Throne. And this same Christ Whom you have defamed and slandered, mocked and rejected, lied about and trampled underfoot, will be sitting as your Judge.

Friend, will you come to Him now while He sits upon the Throne of mercy? I beseech you, come to Him today while the question still is: “What will you do with Jesus Christ?” Because, O sinner, if you will not have mercy, then you need to know that you shall be judged by God’s perfect Law; and I assure you in the Lord, His justice will be done.

Dr. R.A. Torrey

Posted August 23, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional