You Can’t Argue With God

Judging Others, STOP, Look at your own heart first,

Daily Spirit & Word: 764: You Can’t Argue With God. 

Part 4: Psalm 139: God’s Righteous Judgement. 

Good morning my friends, today I’m back into Psalm 139 with the final episode in our adventure. What a Psalm this is!

I’d encourage you to keep reading and re-reading the whole Psalm, you’ll soon see there’s a progression in King David’s thinking; He’s moving on from;

1) God’s Knowledge of Us: He knows me completely.

2) God’s Presence Everywhere: You can’t get away from God.

3) God’s Creative Genius: He Made Me Wonderfully.

and finally

4) God’s Just Judgement: I Can’t Argue With God.

Let’s read together the final part of Psalm 139:19-24. 

God’s Righteous Judgement.

Psalm 139:19-24 (NIV)
19  If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20  They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21  Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?
22  I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

King David begins this section of the Psalm with the thought, “If only you would slay the wicked, O God!” It’s as if King David is judging God.

How he hates those who are wicked and sinful in his own time. Like he’s telling God something He doens’t know 🙂 How foolish.

It’s right for us to hate what the wicked and sinful people of this world do. We’re horrified when we hear as we did the other day, of how ISIS (Islamic State) have brutally treated women, men and children. Murder, rape, torture and brutal treatments. Forcing women into slavery. It’s horrific! “If only You would slay the wicked”… We might cry that out to The Lord God as well. However, when we cry for God’s JUST JUDGEMENT we’d better be very careful, because if God is going to be judging them, then He’s also going to be judging us as well. So we must remember that God HATES all forms of sin: to Him lying, stealing and lust as just as bad as murder and rape. God has NO FAVOURITES and one day He’s promised that ALL SINNERS will find their place in the lake of fire. Judgement Day is coming, but give thanks to the LORD that He’s waiting patiently for those who will REPENT.

I’ve heard many encouraging stories of Muslims, disturbed by the brutality of ISIS, who’re now coming to faith and trust in Jesus Christ, because they see in Christianity a PEACE LOVING people, who’re not motivated by hatred, but by forgiveness, kindness, gentleness and generosity. They’re intrigued by it, and the LORD is also giving many Muslims visions and dreams about Jesus Christ. They’re coming into God’s Kingdom. Praise the LORD!

So when we’re tempted as King David was to cry out to the Lord to slay the wicked, let’s also follow his train of thought right to the end of the Psalm, “Search ME, O God, and know MY heart; test ME and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive (sinful, rebellious) way in ME, and lead me in the way (The way of Righteousness, the WAY of Holiness, the WAY of Jesus) everlasting.”

If we’re completely honest with God and with ourselves, we’ll see that we’re not all that we think we are. We’ll acknowledge our own need of His rich grace, kindness and mercy. It’s so easy to be pointing the finger at others, looking a how they are failing, watching to see them stumble and fall from God’s grace. It’s even possible to HATE their sins, because we’re not sinning like they are. We can look and say, “What they are doing is horrendous”, but excuse our own little excursions from God’s holy standards.

Jesus gave a very humorous illustrations:

“Take the PLANK out of your own eyes, before you remove the SPLINTER in your friend’s eye”. Matthew 7:1-6.

It really is true that we’re sometimes blinded by our own self-righteousness. (See also Romans 1:1-16 God’s Righteous Judgement).

Remember Jesus teaching about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector: It was the Tax Collector who went home justified in God’s sight, because he was repentant and humble. Luke 18:9-14.

THE HAND:

When you are tempted to point your finger at someone, because of their “sinfulness”. Stop and take a look at your own hand, because there are three fingers left and they’re all pointing right back at you.

  • The Father: Genesis 6:6. 
  • The Son:  Mark 3:5; Luke 19:41
  • The Holy Spirit: Ephesians 4:30.

The NEXT TIME:

The next time your feeling a bit self-righteous or someone in your fellowship or church gets up your nose, think, “O LORD, look at my own heart…” It funny how the little things that others do really bugs us, but let’s give them some more grace, forgiveness, mercy, kindness and patience. After all, the LORD has been so patient and kind to me…

God will ALWAYS Judge Righteously: We can’t point the finger at God and say, “Why are you not doing something about those wicked people?” as if it’s His fault. He’s the ONE who’s going to be doing the judgement of all of us, not the other way around. Neither can we point out what others are doing wrong and get off the hook ourselves. Remember how much the LORD has forgiven you for all your sins. So let’s get down from our High Castle or our High Horse or our Ivory Tower, and get onto our knees and ask Him humbly, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

I started off by saying “You can’t argue with God”, but we can and we do. Jesus said, “I AM The Way and The Truth and The Life” So my friends, let’s stop pointing fingers at God and others and get right ourselves. We, those who’re following Jesus today, need a PERSONAL REVIVAL of Holiness, Faith and Righteous Living. We need to be full of the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk just one step on Jesus way of life. Let’s get full to overflowing again today. Amen!

Thy Kingdom Come: Amen!

Don.

KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY (The Spirit Filled Life).

Psalm 139: Part 1: God Knows Me Intimately.

Psalm 139: Part 2: God Will NEVER Let Go of My Hand.

Psalm 139: Part 3: God Made Me Wonderfully

Psalm 139: Part 4: God Is A Righteous Judge: I can’t argue with God.

 

 

How to remain in Christ’s Love

Contending for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints

Daily Spirit & Word: 703: Jude’s Encouragements.

Build Yourselves Up In Your Most Holy Faith.

How to Remain in Christ’s Love.

Good morning my friends, I enjoyed a wonderful day off yesterday in the garden pulling up blackberry brambles that had spread like wildfire, creeping into the cracks of a rockery that once contained a pond. It’s amazing how the weeds spread and do so much damage. Last year I couldn’t do much in the garden because of a sore back, but now I’m almost free from pain, it’s an amazing joy to be able to be active again. Yet I’m surprised by just how invasive the weeds in London are.

Jude 1:20-21
20  But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
21  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

As I read through Jude this morning, I could almost physically hear the Lord Jesus Christ in my head, saying, “Remain in My Love”

  • Where did Jesus say that?
  • What did He mean?
  • What does Jude mean? “Keep yourselves in God’s love”

Jesus said it: In His Awesome Teaching On the Vine and Branches.

John 15:7-16
7  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
8  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
10  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
11  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
12  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
13  Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
14  You are my friends if you do what I command.
15  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Jude epistle (God’s Word) wants us to know that we must “REMAIN” in the Love of Jesus Christ. That we must keep building ourselves up in the most holy faith.

He starts his letter by reminding those to whom he’s writing that we’re in a BATTLE, there is CONTENTION about what “THE FAITH” is. Many have entered into Christ’s members and twisted the pure Gospel that was once delivered to the saints.

Our BATTLE or CONTENTION:

It’s not over church decoration, pew placement, chair arrangement, the worship band singing too loud or too quiet. Nor is it the latest whole church campaign, but it is a real CONTENTION about the faith that has been handed down and entrusted to us from the Apostles and our Lord Jesus Christ. We really must keep up the battle, when we see error we must expose it, because so many youngsters in the faith are being drawn away and enticed into false Gospels. Remembering of course that our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, i.e. not people, but against spiritual forces of evil.

Jude 1:3 “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”

The Faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.

We have been entrusted with the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It’s our most holy duty to preserve the whole Gospel and to CONTEND for this faith entrusted to our care.

We see the Gospel being partially delivered in the media.

A partial Gospel is a watering down of the full Gospel message.

Even our Prime Minister says quite openly “Britain is a Christian Country”… but his government is the first in history to want to monitor, control and dictate what we are teaching in our Sunday Schools, enlisting OFSTED to ensure that we’re NOT radicalising youngsters. He wants us to promote British Values: but many of Britain’s Values are not “Christian” or “Biblical” values.

For instance: forcing mothers who’ve got young children back into work. Who’s the best person to be looking after infants? I believe with all my heart that it’s not pre-schools, but their own mothers. Yes toddler groups are great for encouraging youngsters to mix and learn to be sociable, but pre-schools? No, I believe mothers not nurseries are best for our infants. They need the love that only a mother can give. We should be encouraging parents and supporting them in bringing up their own children.

Benefits Cuts: This government has given TAX BREAKS to those who are the richest in society, and cut the benefits that the poorest people receive. They want to force people into work, but we’ve known countless numbers of people who are practically unemployable because of their mental condition or social circumstances, who’ve been sanctioned and had their benefits stopped all together. British Values????

Bombing Syria: IS: The UK Governments (British Values) voted to bomb Syria. But Jesus did not say, “Bomb your enemies” He said, “Love your enemies, do good to those that hate you”. ISIS definitely hate everything that the UK stands for, but we’re to LOVE our enemies. Show them Christ’s LOVE not weapons of war. I know it hard, but that’s what we’re called upon by Jesus to do. British Values??? Let’s LOVE each other as Jesus has loved us and gave His life for us.

  • Christian values: Parents bring up your children in the ways of the Lord.
  • Christian values: feed the poor, love your enemy, do good to those that hate you, look after widows and orphans.
  • There is a BATTLE going on for the “Faith once and for all time entrusted to the saints”..

BTW: Those “saints” in Jude’s letter are not those who’ve died and been made saints by the Roman Catholic Church, but every single Christian who’s been set free from sin by the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s you and me, if you’ve trusted Christ as your Lord and received Him as your Saviour: You are the SAINT to whom Jude is writing.

What is that FAITH we’re to CONTEND for?

Jesus tells us clearly in John 15:16 “I chose you and appointed you”

When you became a Christian it wasn’t your idea to follow Jesus. It was because Jesus was already, by the Holy Spirit, drawing you to Himself. He chose you to become a believer, a follower and a disciple.

It was the LORD’s initiative that brought you to trust: That Jesus died upon the Cross for the sins of all mankind, because of God’s love, He rose again from the dead and now reigns in Heaven. He’s calling all people to REPENT and receive forgiveness for their sins, so that they can escape the judgement that coming. They’ll be SAVED from Hell if they repent and trust the ONLY Saviour of Mankind.

When Jesus chose you to become a Christian, His desire and our Heavenly Father’s desire, is that you BE FRUITFUL in your walk with Him.

How are we going to be “Fruitful”?

By remaining in His love… John 15:8-10…

How do we “remain in His love”?

By being obedient to His Commands. The Commands of Jesus Christ. John 15:10.

How do we know Jesus Commands?

By reading and understanding the WORD of God, by hearing the Word of God and by DOING the Word of God.

That is HOW we do what Jude is calling us to do:

Jude 1:20-21
20  But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
21  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

We keep ourselves in God’s love and build ourselves up in the most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, obeying Christ’s commands in Scripture and wait for our Eternal life that He’s promised to all who live for Him.

  • Saints, we need to be in God’s WORD ourselves.
  • We need to gather together around God’s Word: To study it together (Discipleship).
  • We need to keep listening to Preachers who really do LOVE God’s Word and Jesus Christ as their LORD and Saviour.
  • We need to keep doing what God’s Word tells us.
  • That way we will build up our faith.
  • That’s the way we’re going to remain in Christ’s love.

When we do all of these things, then our Love for Jesus will grow stronger.

When we do all of these things, then our Love for our fellow saints in Christ will be enriched.

What did I learn on my day-off yesterday?

The Brambles will grow when we’re not looking.

The Weeds will spread, when not attended.

False Gospels and wrong teaching will creep into the church if we are not contending for the faith.

Jesus wants me to Contend for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints.

It’s a never ending battle to maintain the pure holy Gospel faith that has been entrusted to us, the Saints in Jesus Christ, we need to REMAIN IN CHRIST’S LOVE and keep building ourselves up in the most holy faith. We’ll be fruitful when we’re being obedient to Christ’s commands.

Keep going for Jesus my friends,

Contend for the pure Gospel once for all delivered and entrusted to the Saints: You are those Saints.

Have a glorious weekend.

Don.

Tomorrow’s Teaching: Do you know how much of a friend we have in Jesus?

John 11:49-52 (NIV)
49  Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all!
50  You do not realise that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
51  He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,
52  and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

 

Foundations in God’s Word: A Christian Worldview.

Foundations in God's Word: Genesis

Daily Spirit & Word: 645: God Created Everything.

How’s Your Worldview?

The Importance of Having A Christian Worldview:

(NOTE: Worldview = A comprehensive view of the world and human life).

Good morning my friends, I’ve been greatly disturbed lately with so many foolish things in the Media: From Transgender indoctrination of our society, same-sex marriage, killing of innocents (Bombing Syria), ignoring the shocking mass killings in third world countries like Nigeria, whilst we go mad on the horrific news of people being killed in France. Yes it’s closer to home, but surely EVERY human life is invaluable? To sail a straight course through these stormy seas, we’ll need a strong rudder to guide us, thankfully we have that in God’s WORD. We have a worldview provided for us in Genesis and that foundation can and will sustain us for life, it helps us to understand why God Created, why God made us, why God sent His One and Only Son on a rescue mission into this world.

You know my friends, if we took Genesis out of the Bible our worldview could be anything we desired and we’d be in danger of adopting any of the following: Atheism, Pantheism, Polytheism, Secularism, Evolutionism, Deism, Hedonism, etc… The fact that God Created and has a plan for mankind and all of Creation keeps us from sin and error.

  • If we didn’t have this foundational Christian Worldview we’d still be LOST. There would be no need for Jesus to die upon the Cross. 
  • If we didn’t have this foundational Christian Worldview provided by the Old Testament and Genesis: We’d be able to do what ISIS (ISIL / IS) do without it bothering our God given Conscience. 

As it stands today, Genesis and God’s purpose in Creating the Universe and Mankind IS part of the Canon of Holy Scripture, so let’s get to KNOW all about God’s plan and purpose for His Creation. Let’s BELIEVE it, Let’s TRUST God knew what He was doing when He inspired men to write this portion of His WORD.

Sidney Greidanus said, “Genesis teaches that God is sovereign (vs. atheism) and wholly other than this universe (vs. pantheism), the only true God (vs. polytheism), the Creator of this universe (vs. secularism and naturalistic evolutionism), who has made a covenant with his creation and upholds it (vs. deism), and made human beings in his image to manage the world on his behalf (vs. hedonism). Genesis further teaches that God is not the source of evil but created everything good so that his creatures can enjoy the physical world (vs. gnosticism). The source of the evil and brokenness we see in the world today is human disobedience to God’s command, which resulted in God’s curse on creation. But God immediately promised to restore his creation to the beautiful kingdom he intended it to be. And so Genesis sketches the beginnings of redemptive history: God seeking to restore his creation and creatures, finally making a special covenant with Abram, who was to be a blessing to “all the families of the earth” (Gen 12:3).

As Genesis sketches the beginnings of redemptive history, it teaches about God’s coming kingdom, God’s love for his creation and his creatures, God’s judgment of sin, God’s grace for sinners, God’s covenant faithfulness, God’s sovereign providence, and God’s presence with his people. As Ken Mathews puts it: “If we possessed a Bible without Genesis, we would have a ‘house of cards’ without foundation or mortar.”

A Bible Without Genesis is Like:

“A HOUSE OF CARDS WITHOUT A FOUNDATION OR MORTAR”

Anything or anyone could come along and blow it away.

We’d be open to this statement from God’s Word: The Unstable Man

James 1:5-8 Getting Wisdom From God.
5  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

How’s Your Worldview Today?

Do you have deep foundations in the Word of God? Genesis provides it in bucket-loads.

Is your God the God of the Bible?

If He’s NOT, then you’ve made a ‘god’ to suit yourself: Idolatry.

If He’s NOT, then you’re going to be like a ship in a storm without a rudder, blown here and there, wherever the winds of change will blow you. Your course will be uncertain. Your destination indeterminate.

With GOD Almighty’s GENESIS Foundations in place, you’ll see Christ for who He is; The LORD Creator and Redeemer of Mankind.

Genesis 1 and 2 and John 1.

Having God’s Worldview in place will give us a much great love for His World and for everyone within it. Amen!

PRAYER:

Father God, thank You so much for giving us every part of Your Word. Thank you that by knowing Genesis we can have deep roots and strong foundations for what we believe today. Thank You that we can know Your plan and purpose in Creating us. Thank You that we can know how much You love and value every single soul in the world today. Lord today I’m praying for the PEACE and SAFETY of Syria and wisdom for those in authority in the world today. Amen!

Have an awesome day with Jesus.

Don.

#Genesis #Advent #Jesusiscoming #Christmas #Foundations #Worldview #Christian

 

Should The UK Bomb ISIS?

Revenge is mine. God's anger against evil

Daily Spirit & Word: 643: Fighting Evil With Good.

What is lawful? To do ‘Good’ on the Holy Day or to do ‘Evil’?

Sometimes it’s wrong to unite: When that coalition is plotting evil.

In Jesus day, the ‘religious’ leaders of Israel were experts in applying the Scriptures to everyday life; they had by that time devised 39 prohibitions for the Sabbath Day (The Day of Rest). But Jesus demonstrated something different which brought Him into dangerous conflict with the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians. These three groups were normally in conflict with one another, but as we’ll see from Mark’s Gospel, they were united against Jesus.

Mark 3:4-6 (NIV)
4  Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5  He looked round at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
6  Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
Sometimes, just because everyone else is uniting behind a cause, it’s doesn’t mean it’s right to join in.

Many have caricatured Jeremy Corbyn for his stance of not joining; France, America, Russia etc who are bombing Syria. They have castigated him and all who side with him as traitors. It’s amazing how quickly feelings escalate when war is looming: However, even though ISIS are EVIL personified, they’ve done tremendous wrong; committing murder, rape, torture, beatings, stealing. They’ve broken every single one of God’s Commandments. Does that then give us the right to go and bomb them? Do we now have the legal and moral authority to take the life of every single ISIS member?

We must also remember the innocent Civilians who will be caught up in this conflict. Their cities, towns and villages have been invaded by ISIS, should they be bombed because they’ve been invaded? Are they just collateral damage?

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right: Sometimes it’s WRONG to UNITE.

Just as the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians wrongly plotted the murder of Jesus, so too it might be wrong to plot to join the others who are already indiscriminately bombing ISIS.

What ISIS have done IS wrong: Evil men are always doing wrong.

In the United Kingdom, we don’t have the DEATH Penalty anymore.

If it’s OK to kill the members of ISIS because they’ve killed, does that mean we’re going to take the life of those who’ve killed people back home in the good old UK? No, of course not. So why are we rushing into this Bombing campaign?

Jesus wasn’t like the ISIS members, He only did good: even though they united to plot His death.

What was it that Jesus did wrong from their perspective?

  • He Delivered a man from a Demon on the Sabbath (Mark 1:21-28).
  • He Touched a man with Leprosy (Mark 1:40-43).
  • He forgave a man his sins (only God can do that). (Mark 2:1-12).
  • He ate with Tax Collectors and Sinners (the untouchables). (Mark 2:13-17).
  • He gave his men, the Disciples, something to eat from a field on the Sabbath Day. (Mark 2:23-28).
  • He didn’t fast, as the other ‘religious’ people of the day did. (Mark 2:18-22).
  • He healed a man on the Sabbath day. (Mark 3:1-6).

What Jesus did enraged those in opposition, but it was NOT wrong; it WAS GOOD. He only ever did GOOD things.

Jesus cited some Scriptures to show that what He was doing was OK. He was not breaking God’s Commandments regarding the Sabbath or Fasting, Jesus upheld and kept the LAW of God (His Father) fully. However, their response to Jesus Ministry shows they were not practising their own ‘religion’ at all, they were not working for God, but were serving and thinking only about themselves.

However, the United Group of Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians; much like ISIS and even the American, Russian, French and possibly the UK coalition could ignore God’s LAW: to get their own way. They plotted murder, just because Jesus was going against their man-made-traditions. It’s strange, shocking and sad that it’s often the most ‘religious’ and self-righteous people, who’ll do the most horrendous things for the sake of their so called ‘religion’ or ideology; Be that ideology; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, ISIS or Democracy.

  • Yes we should be horrified by what ISIS have done.
  • Yes we are right to feel angry.
  • Yes we are right to want justice for those who’ve been murdered.

BUT: We are not justified in simply seeking revenge.

If we do join in with the EVIL, like the Pharisees and Herodians, we’ll be fighting against God.

What the Pharisees and their group were doing was against God (Jesus). It was (is) against God’s LAW to murder.

He warns us that it’s HIS prerogative to fight against evil. He’s the ONE who’ll punish the EVIL doers.

On a personal level, it’s never us who have the right to take revenge.

Revenge, is NEVER the answer: It only ignites the flames of hatred.

REVENGE BELONGS TO GOD;

Romans 12:17-21.
17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
20  On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Yes, God does raise States and give the power of the sword to bring His swift Justice. However, those Governments better be certain that they are justified in using their God given powers. Is it right to take REVENGE? No! However, it is right to bring people to justice, to bring them to account for their actions, to make them face-up to what they’ve done, but just getting even or paying them back is not a right motive for killing people. God will one day give them PAY-BACK big time, but in the mean-time, we’re to fight against evil with good.

FIGHT EVIL WITH GOOD:

The Americans, French, Russians and the UK are wrong to think they’ll kill-off the Evil Ideology of ISIS with bombs.

It’s going to take time, effort and peaceful means to quell this evil force. “Fight evil with Good”. Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of Evil in the Heavenly realms. It is the Devil, Satan who’s behind the ISIS ideology, for only the Devil could convince men that murder and rape are right, but we’d better be careful that we’re not in league with Satan as well, by taking revenge into our own hands and away from God. Murder is always murder, no matter what our excuse for going to war.

Conclusion:

In uniting against Jesus, they were uniting against God.

Doing good will always bring opposition: But let’s NEVER give into Evil.

In uniting against ISIS, we’re doing the right thing my friends.

However, let’s fight and crush this Evil Ideology with PEACE, LOVE, RESPECT, HOPE and DIPLOMACY.

Diplomacy might take longer, but the peace it brings will last longer than any group that’s crushed with bombs. They’ll just rise again and take revenge for their dead heroes of their ideology.

There are other ways to bring them down, other than bombing them into the dust.

  • Pray for your enemies.
  • Live at peace.
  • Do good to those that hate you.
  • Leave room for God’s wrath and anger against their evil actions.
  • Overcome EVIL with GOOD.

It’s going to take real courage to stand-up against everyone who thinks it’s right to BOMB.

It’s going to be a battle against Ideologies.

Jesus is on the side of the PEACE MAKERS.

Matthew 5:9-12
9  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Have an awesome Sunday with Jesus.

Join His Salvation Army: Fighting EVIL with Good! Amen.

Don.

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The Wonderful Friends, The Wonder-Filled Crowd & The Wonderful Words of Jesus.

Jesus Has The Power & Authority to Forgive Sin.

SHOCKING NEWS: I was filled with a deep sickening-feeling when I watched the news that so many people had been killed by those murderous terrorists in Paris. We’re with the French Nation! Grieving with you over your loss of so many young loved ones. It’s a scar that will be painful and will hurt for a long time to come. I couldn’t call them soldiers or that this is a war, because that would elevate them to an army. They are pure merchants of an evil that’s running rampant over the face of the earth. Praying for PEACE and in God’s timing that the good people of France will be enabled to FORGIVE. For when we forgive, then we are set-free. O LORD, please bring the comfort that You alone can give in the face of death. Amen!

Good morning my friends, today we’re back with Mark’s Gospel and chapter 2. The familiar story, recounted in many a Sunday School Class, the famous account of the four friends who brought their friend to Jesus to be healed, but couldn’t get in at the door so the climbed-up, made a hole in the roof and lowered their friends to the feet of Jesus Christ.

 

Mark 2:1-12. The Paralysed Man: Forgiven and Healed. Four Wonderful Friends.
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
2  So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
3  Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.
4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.
5  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6  Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
7  “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic,
11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

There are so many wonderful lessons and sermons I’ve personally heard about this account. I’ve preached upon it many times myself, but today I was struck afresh by these four men and Jesus response and the crowds of people in the house that day.

The Three Things That Strike Me Today:

1) The Wonderful Friends.

What amazing friends this paralysed man had.

4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.

Some people imagine that when someone is paralysed that they will be that way for the rest of their days.

Imagine, if that man’s friends had thought like that? He may have wanted to be cured, but if they’d argued, “It’s no use mate, you’re paralysed, just get used to it, there’s no hope for you”. (British Home: Used to be called, “The British Home For The Incurables” I first saw that sign and I wept inside. I first visited the Home before I was the Minister here, and my heart sank “Have I got to come to this place and preach to these people who have no hope of ever being cured?”

Those Wonderful Friends didn’t think like that; they had FAITH that Jesus could heal their friend.

My friends, I do have a hope, I do believe with all my heart that Jesus can and does do miracles today. I’ve seen miracles of healing and I believe, like those four wonderful friends obviously did, that their friend is worth bringing to Jesus Christ. Jesus came into this world to SAVE everyone. Not everyone will be SAVED but that’s what Jesus wants, be certain of that my friends.

How were they Wonderful Friends?

They Cared: They didn’t give up when they couldn’t get in through the door.

Some of us give up too easily on those we’re trying to bring to Jesus Christ, but not these friends.

You may have been trying for years to get a loved on SAVED, but they refuse to come to Jesus. Be like those friends, who were not put-off by the crowds at the door.

They Were Creative: They used their heads, “what other way can we get him into see Jesus?”

Some of us, when we’re met with an obstacle, just give-up, just put-off by the obstacles, but instead they got creative.

It might take an unusual approach to save your friends and relatives. It might mean you’ll have to think of another way. A different or novel way.

The must have said amongst themselves that day, “We can’t get in through the door, but look, there’s a roof and we can easily break through the roof and get him into see Jesus”… That’s creative. Not only did they care, they were not going to be put-off and they got very creative.

They Were Commended: Not only did they care and get creative, but they were commended by Jesus for their faith.

Verse 5  “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.””

It wasn’t the paralytic’s faith that was commended that day, it was the faith of the friends who struggled to bring him to the feet of Jesus Christ.

Will you be commended by Jesus because of your FAITH?

The faith they demonstrated was obvious; their faith had legs, they didn’t let obstacles get in the way, they tried their hardest all all costs to bring their friend to Jesus. They BELIEVED that Jesus would and could HEAL their friend.  What wonderful faith, what wonderful friends. O my friends, if only we had a church full of people who were longing to bring their friends to faith and trust in Jesus Christ. If only we’d bring our loved ones to Jesus. If our Church was not put-off by obstacles, think how full our church could be.

They may be paralysed:

  • They may not be able to come themselves to Jesus: You Bring Them.
  • They may not want to come to Jesus: You Bring Them whatever way you can. Carry Them.
  • They are paralysed by sin, powerless to save themselves. You show them they can be SAVED by Jesus.
  • They’re not looking to come to Jesus: They are BLIND and cannot see their NEED of Jesus or Church: we must open their blinded eyed and bring them to Jesus.

“When Jesus saw their faith”: The man’s sins got forgiven.

Imagine: You’ve struggled to bring your paralysed friend to Jesus. You’ve heard that He’s a healer and all He does is say, “Son, your sins are forgiven you”… What? I mean, “We’ve just dug through a roof, we’ve not been put off by the crowd, we’ve lowered our friend on ropes to your feet and all you do is forgive him his sins?” But Jesus is NOT finished yet.

THEY Cooperated TOGETHER:

One last thing about the Wonderful Friends: The worked together to bring their friend to Jesus.

That tells me afresh today; “Donald, don’t try and do it all alone. Work together to bring people to Jesus.” It’s a TEAM effort. We’ve got to be working together. There’s always something you can be doing: If you can’t be an Evangelist, you can be a prayer. You can be a meal-giver, you can be a host, you can be a helper, you can be a giver, you can be SOMETHING as part of the TEAM Here are St LUKE’S Church to bring people to Jesus. Only four of the group were carrying the man, there were more than four of them. All those people, bringing their friend to Jesus. Think: When we’re joined together in UNITY there the LORD commands His blessing.

 

2) The Wonder-Filled Crowd.

The Wonder-Filled Crowd: They were all crammed into that house to hear Jesus teaching. So many that the sick couldn’t get in. They were filled with wonder, but they’d become a stumbling-block; blocking access to Jesus that day.

The Church Today is FILLED with the WONDERERS: They love wondering at the words of Jesus, they love sermons, they love healings, they love miracles, they love the spectacle of power ministries, but just like the Wonder-Filled Crowd back then, they become a blockage to people coming to Jesus today. They don’t care: Even if they do care, the don’t show their faith, by doing something about it.

How do we know they were a blockage? It’s revealed when Jesus said those amazing words; “Son, your sins are forgiven you”.

That Wonder-Filled Crowd knew that ONLY God can forgive sins.

Mark 2:6-9
6  Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
7  “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 

They were right too, these TEACHERS of God’s Law: ONLY God can forgive sins.

My friends, if ever there was a passage in the Bible that shouts-out about the Divinity of Jesus, that Jesus is God, it’s this one (there are many, many more) but they KNEW that Jesus was claiming to be God by saying, “Son, your sins are forgiven you”, because ONLY God can forgive sins.

But instead of praising Jesus Christ as God, they began to accuse Him of Blasphemy in their hearts. Many times these Jewish Teachers of the Law wanted to stone Jesus to death for His blasphemous words. They were there, crowded into the house, listening to the wonderful teaching of Jesus, but they were not all there to praise Jesus. Some of them were there only to be critical and cynical. Not everyone in that house that day was filled with a desire to be a follower of Jesus.

Now, listen afresh to the wonderful words of Jesus;

3) The Wonderful Words of Jesus.

Mark 2:8-12.
8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic,
11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Before they could utter their thoughts out loud, Jesus took the initiative, by REVEALING THEIR THINKING.

Not only is it ONLY GOD that can forgive sins; but ONLY GOD knows what a man is THINKING.

That alone should have convinced them that this man Jesus before them was God on Earth.

No ONE on Earth or in Heaven can read your thoughts, but God ALONE (Jesus is God).

No ONE on Earth today can say to a Paralysed man, get up and walk and he’s healed and walks. Only God can do that kind of miracle. This again, the third thing that day, proved that Jesus was God.

 

MARK 2:10 To PROVE THAT Jesus, “The Son of Man” (Messiah Title) Has the Authority to FORGIVE SIN: He performs this miracle.

Mark 2:10-12:
10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic,
11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

These Wonderful Words of Jesus, to Prove He was God on the Earth, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home”… He did and they were all amazed. He did it in full view of them all. The Miracles was to prove to the doubters that day and today that Jesus is God. He has the authority to forgive sins, only God can do that.

Conclusion:

We’ve seen today;

The Wonderful Friends: Who are full of faith, undaunted by obstacles, creative in bringing their friend to Jesus and caring enough to consider that not even a paralytic is beyond the reach of Jesus power.

The Wonder-Filled Crowd: They’d become a blockage to people coming to Jesus. Not everyone was there for right reasons. Be certain that you are not coming to Church just to wowed and to wonder, but to work for Jesus too.

The Wonderful Words of Jesus: “Your Sins are forgiven, Your thinking this, Take up your mat”

Forgiven and Healed: Forgiven and Commanded; Forgiven and Commissioned.

Thoughts: Are you being a Wonderful Friend to someone today? Is there someone you can bring to Christ? Don’t be put-off, deterred, disheartened, disillusioned, by a blockage. They may not be willing to come to Jesus yet: don’t ever give-up on them, what may seem impossible now: Is POSSIBLE (All things, all people, everyone; can come to Jesus). There’s no one beyond the help and hope of Jesus POWER to reach them. Like the Paralytics Wonderful Friends: Be creative, Have faith, Keep going when everyone else gives up.

 

BE AMAZED: Like the Wonder-Filled CROWD: Let these words of Jesus fill you with wonder every day. Let Him come to you afresh. Let Him dazzle you with amazement. Only Jesus knows what they were thinking, ONLY GOD Can Do That: Jesus is God.

 

The Wonderful Words of Jesus: He’s saying to you today “Your sins are forgiven, now get up and go for Me into this world and proclaim the Good News”…. That’s the Wonderful Good News Gospel of Jesus. You’ve got it my friends, now go and give it away; Be part of the Wonder-Filled Crowd who were there to listen to every word of Jesus, Be like those Wonderful Friends and let the Wonderful Words of Jesus impact your HEART today. Amen!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Sunday full of JOY in the LORD Jesus Christ.

Don.