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To Do Thy Will  


Hebrews 10:4-10

Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God,” Hebrews 10:7.

 


 

 

Jesus Christ shed His blood and laid down His life for me! When I take a moment to let this truth sink in it humbles me. To see the sacrifice it took to cover my sins is sobering. How can I ever give anything back to Him that measures up to that? My life is all I have to give.

Sin absolutely wrecked our world. All of God’s creation feels its effects, including you and I. We are a broken people. Sin has devastated our lives and separated us from God. Just anything will not work as a worthy sacrifice to reconcile us back to God.

In today’s passage, we see the writer of Hebrews quote a psalm of David’s. Verse 4 speaks of the impossibility of the blood of bulls and goats to remove sin. The animal sacrifices in the Old Testament were great pictures that showed us the seriousness of our transgressions before God, but they fell short of paying the price for sin.

Then Jesus entered the world and became the answer for our sins. He offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice. His death and shed blood was able to accomplish what the blood of animals never could.

Now we have a reason to serve Him. The knowledge of what Jesus did on our behalf should serve as all the motivation we will ever need. When we consider the enormous gift that God gave to us, we should react by giving Him our lives.

 

 

JUST ASKING

Is the truth of Jesus’ sacrifice serving as your motivator for doing His will?

Nathan Rogers

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King of Zion  


 

Psalm 2

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him,” Psalm2:12.

In a kingdom, the commoners will feel either insecure or protected in direct relation to the character of their king. Since everything in the universe is in God’s kingdom, in the final analysis, everything must relate to God, be measured by His standards and receive reward or punishment. Solomon said that God has made us simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated. Since people have confused their relationships to the King, they have muddled their responsibilities in the kingdom.

Everything in the visible and invisible realm was made of Christ’s energy by Him and for Him. Since all living and nonliving matter is created of atoms, which are spinning balls of God’s energy, then God is in absolute control. How foolish for Satan and the lost world to think they can plot to take over the kingdom as though God did not exist. Every created being is just one heartbeat away from eternity.

Like Daniel, the innocent may have to suffer along with the guilty, but Christians can rest assured that the Father has set His King on His right hand, making His enemies His footstool. His kingdom will come, and His will done on earth as it is in Heaven.

One fine day when the King comes to set up His throne in Zion, He will bring the saints with Him, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years. Won’t that be a real change . . . a welcome change?

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, . . . behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation” (Zech. 9:9).

 

IN OTHER WORDs

Make sure you are in Christ’s kingdom and not Satan’s.

Robert Brock

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Grace and Peace 


 

2 Thessalonians 3:16-18

“Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all,” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Paul used someone other than himself to pen most of his letters. We do not know exactly why Paul did this, but we learn in today’s passage that he did at least pen one verse in his own handwriting. Paul even made an explicit point to let the readers know that this final admonition was written in his own hand. There is a lot of speculation as to why Paul would do this. Was it because he wanted to show his special care in writing this particular letter? Was it simply his sign of authenticity?

This could very well be the case. There may have even been a case of forgery that led to the idea that the day of Christ had already come. (See 2 Thessalonians 2:2.)

What is really important here was Paul’s salutation. He wrote (may) “the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means” and “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” Paul wished grace and peace to his readers. As believers, we have received both God’s grace and peace. Paul now prayed that these two wonderful gifts would continue with us. Paul wished for the believers in Thessalonica and believers everywhere to be filled with God’s wonderful grace and peace.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

Do you find rest and comfort in God’s grace and peace in your life?

Nathan Rogers

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Tribulation and Good Cheer  


 

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” John 16:33.

 

For the Christian, real spiritual joy and peace cannot come from the world. Our joy must come from the One who overcame the world (1 John 4:4, 5). Peace and joy in Christ is a state of mind that sees God working in the background, no matter how bad the circumstances. Paul stated it like this, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil.1:21). Either way, Christ is glorified.

In John chapters 14—16, Jesus spoke words of comfort to His church, which had finally resigned itself to the idea that He really was going to let the leaders kill Him. Naturally, the apostles were devastated. They had left their families and homes and jobs to follow Him in what they thought was to be the establishment of the kingdom of Israel. Parents in Israel had taught their children this all their lives. Now, He said that He was going to let the leaders kill Him. All is lost. Jesus taught them that He must first be the suffering Messiah and pay for mankind’s sin. Then, He would rise the third day and go to the Father’s house, from whence He will return, “And receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).

 

 

JUST SAYING

Jesus has paid for sin with His life. He will return and set up His kingdom and will rule in justice and righteousness.

Robert Brock

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Delivered from Wrath  


 

Posted: 12 Jul 2014 01:11 AM PDT

John 3:36

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him,” John 3:36.

Believe means “to give mental assent to”; believe not is translated from the Greek word for disobey, and abides is from the word meno meaning “to dwell or set up housekeeping.” A person who possesses everlasting life has placed his eternal destiny in the hands of Jesus Christ and asked God for pardon, believing Christ’s sacrifice paid for his sins. The one who does not obey Christ’s invitation will not see eternal life but has set up housekeeping under the wrath of God.

How can a person go through life without God’s grace to help him through the trials of life? At a funeral one usually sees two groups of people. One group has gone through the gauntlet holding God’s hand, depending on Christ’s strength. The other group stares blank-faced into the future with no hope. These have set up camp under the wrath of God. How sad when God has already provided the sacrifice to bring them into His presence as His children. All their time here on earth could be spent depending on Him as their daddy, Abba.

 

JUST SAYING

What a sad way to spend life on earth, living under God’s wrath, headed to the eternal lake of fire!

Robert Brock

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His Return in Glory  


 

Revelation 22:12, 13

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.

 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor.5:10).

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. . . . For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:23-26).

He will not tarry. When the Father tells the Son to go get His bride to the wedding feast, it will be the crowning event of the history of mankind, the most magnificent celebration the world has ever seen. He will not need seven years to judge His people. He is bringing His reward with Him. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. . . . Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt. 24:27-30).

 

 

JUST SAYING

There are one hundred sixty-eight hours in a week. How many hours are spent storing up rewards where we live?

Robert Brock

 

 

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The Power of God  


 

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed,” Romans 1:16, 17.

 

Some believe the knowledge only of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is the power they need to be saved. However, for the gospel to be the power of God unto salvation, one must believe the gospel, repent and ask forgiveness of sin and by faith receive the person of Jesus Christ into himself. When one makes that surrender, the Spirit seals Himself to the believer’s spirit, then the believer comes alive unto God. The power of God, Jesus Christ, regenerates the seeker’s spirit and he comes alive unto God to walk in newness of life (Phil. 3:9).

The wrath and power of God against sin is revealed in nature. The whole universe has been placed under the curse. All creation groans and travails in calamity, looking forward to the time when Christians receive their new bodies (Rom. 8:22, 23) because Heaven and earth also be created new. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” (Rev. 21:1).

 

 

JUST SAYING

The power of God is the person of Jesus Christ. Receive Him.

Robert Brock

 

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Run With Patience  


 

Hebrews 12:1, 2

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus,” Hebrews 12:1, 2.

 

The context of Hebrews 12 is chapter 11. Here God listed many saints and how their faith produced works that give witness to us that God rewards faithfulness. There is also a lesson that our faithfulness inspires all those who are presently holding to our shirttails.

Abraham was faithful and patient, enduring hardships for Christ’s sake. Therefore, Isaac endured, looking for God’s city. Isaac was faithful; therefore, Jacob was faithful when he finally matured.

All these men were wealthy and could have built their own city. But, God had promised Abraham a city. Therefore, because Abraham believed God’s promise, Isaac and Jacob endured patiently, living in temporary tents.

Jacob both feet in the grave, never having seen the promise come to pass. But, he knew eventually it would become a reality because their father and their grandfather both lived their whole lives looking for that city.

Jesus has promised to come and take His children to the same city Abraham, Isaac and Jacob looked for.

 

 

JUST SAYING

Endure patiently for the sake of all those to whom your life is a witness.

Robert Brock

 

 

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Religious Liberty


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Religious Liberty Promotes Greatest Revival of True Religion

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN LELAND

1791


Divines generally inform us that there is such a time to come (called the Latter-Day Glory) when the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters do the sea, and that this day will appear upon the destruction of antichrist. If so, I am well convinced that Jesus will first remove all the hindrances or religious establishments, and cause all men to be free in matters of religion. When this is effected, he will say to the kings and great men of the earth, “Now see what I can do; ye have been afraid to leave the church and gospel in my hands alone, without steadying the ark by human law; but now I have taken the power and kingdom to myself, and will work for my own glory.” Here let me add, that in the southern states, where there has been the greatest freedom from religious oppression, where liberty of conscience is entirely enjoyed, there has been the greatest revival of religion; which is another proof that true religion can and will prevail best where it is left entirely to Christ.


Source: Excerpt from John Leland’s 1791 Sermon, “The Rights of Conscience Inalienable,” as found in  Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 2 Vols., Ellis Sandoz, Published by Liberty Fund, Inc.


Called Unto Liberty is researched, compiled, and edited (with occasional introductory notes and commentary) by Steve Farrell, Founder and Editor In Chief of The Moral Liberal. Copyright © 2009-2014 Steve Farrell.

 

 

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HEBREW HONEYCOMB


 

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

 

Author: William Andrew Dillard

 

From the living pages of ages past, comes the encapsulated foundation of acceptable life among men on earth. It is called the Ten Commandments. Some would say the commandments were a part of the Mosaic Law, which has been fulfilled, and no longer in force. Right, and wrong! Jesus did fulfill the Law and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross, Col. 2:14-17, but what is removed from us today is the present penalty of the Law, not the principle. Think with me!

 

In the initial writing of the Law, the one governing neighborly relationship is stated: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor; Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s house, wife, servant, ox, ass, nor anything that thy neighbors. Exo. 20:16-17. Later, this was appropriately summarized as “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” First, to love God supremely, then to love one’s neighbor as one’s self is said to be the summation of all the law.

 

The question then arises from some who quibble over such things for self justification is: “who then is my neighbor?” This very question was posed to Jesus by a lawyer, and is recorded in Luke 10. It is here that the story of the good Samaritan is related. A man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho was robbed, beaten and left half dead in the road. It is ironic that a priest passed by and refused to help. Also a Levite, those who produced the priests, also observed and passed by without helping. It was the lowly Samaritan who took care of the unfortunate traveler, and paid for his medical care. When Jesus posed the question, which of these three was a neighbor to him who fell among thieves, the answer was obvious and so stated: he who showed mercy on him. Jesus’ pointed reply was that they, and us, should go and do likewise.

 

The position God’s people occupy on this planet is that of an ambassador. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” 2 Cor. 5:20. Representatives of heaven on earth who are reconciled to God see others in need as their neighbor, and they respond accordingly. It is the right thing to do. It is the godly thing to do. It may not be one’s opportunity to help another who has fallen among thieves, but there are so many other areas of life that manifest a need for help. Chief among those is the obvious need to share the gospel, the great love of the Creator/Redeemer with those who have been wounded by sin. There is no shortage of them. Do you love your neighbor?

 

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