Friday, July 30, 2010

We Can't Escape the Hard Truths

By Carter Conlon

In John 6:53, Jesus said to His disciples, “Unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood you have no life in you” (paraphrase). Although they had experienced His power and miracles, many of them were offended and said, “This is a hard saying, who can hear this?” The Scripture says that they turned back and walked with Him no more.

The disciples who resisted the truth ran from it, but ultimately they could not escape it. Every one of them would die and eventually appear before God, only to find that Jesus meant what He said. It did not matter how often they went to the synagogue or how much they prayed. Without the life of Christ in them, they had no real life.

The early church was in its infancy, moving together as one body with one purpose in the earth. The Scripture says that as they were together praying, the place was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost (see Acts 2). They were speaking the Word of God with boldness. People were selling their possessions and bringing the money for the apostles to distribute so that no one would be lacking. Those were exciting times!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Vision Of The Lost

By William Booth (1829-1912) Founder of Salvation Army

On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all . . . millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles. Ignorant - willfully ignorant in many cases - and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision.
I saw a dark and stormy ocean. Over it the black clouds hung heavily; through them every now and then vivid lightening flashed and loud thunder rolled, while the winds moaned, and the waves rose and foamed, towered and broke, only to rise and foam, tower and break again.
In that ocean I thought I saw myriads of poor human beings plunging and floating, shouting and shrieking, cursing and struggling and drowning; and as they cursed and screamed they rose and shrieked again, and then some sank to rise no more.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Who Shall Abide?

This morning devotion in the Word of God!

Psalms 15:1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

The first question I see hear is, who shall ABIDE in your tabernacle Lord, who will live in your holy place?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

GOD'S PURPOSE: To Conform Us Into The Image Of Christ

by: Grace Place

No matter what takes place in our lives, God's plan for us is to conform us into the image of the Son. Why? Because He has made us complete in Christ. He is now working into our everyday lives those things that are already ours in Christ. 

We have all read or heard the Potter and Clay analogy, and probably many teachings on that subject. We can all agree that the Potter decides,before he begins to build, the object that he is going to create. In his mind, he already knows what that clay will become, and he has already planned out his way of accomplishing what he has determined for the clay to become. He is not dependent on how the clay will respond, nor does he consult the clay prior to shaping. He is able to make the clay into what he wants it to be and he already sees the finished product before he even begins. Therefore, every step he takes in the molding and making of his creation is to accomplish just one purpose: make the clay into what he has predestined it to be.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Serious Warning and a Call for Urgent Prayer

A warning received from the Lord on July 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas:

A few days ago as I watched the financial news, the Lord clearly spoke these words to me, "The nation is teetering!" I then had a vision of the economy of the United States, on what looked like a "scale of justice." He then went on to show me that we must fast, pray and cry out to the Lord for mercy and solutions that will balance righteousness and justice.

In praying to the Lord for wisdom about this word, I realized what must be done—it is time for the Church in America to stand up and take her place once again in the nation.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Are Carnally-Minded “Christians” Saved?

by Helena Lehman | 2010

In my 2010 article about the Rapture of the Church entitled “Come Up Here and Come Away”, I wrote:

“Do not base your faith on experience alone! Base it on your relationship with God. Can you hear Him? Do you know Yahweh through the Word of God and Yahshua’s Spirit? Do you trust God’s Word and God’s Spirit to lead you and to help you make sense of your experiences? If you diligently seek God, you should eventually experience a supernatural relationship with Him. But if not, then your faith may be carnal and weak. This means it is based on one’s flesh or intellect, but not on a manifestation of the Spirit of God in one’s life.”

Since writing this statement in my article that looked at the clues in Scripture hinting that there will be two Raptures in the Tribulation period, several people have asked me how I would define someone who is fleshly or carnal in their approach to God and if these sorts of people can be considered “Christian” and “saved.”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Empowered by the Holy Spirit - Paul Washer

Christianity - Sam Pascoe

Christianity started out in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.” Sam Pascoe

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

'Tis the Set of the Sail

by: Ella Wheeler Wilcox | 1916

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.

Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
'Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.