Jul 28, 2011 at 04:32 o\clock
Jul 19, 2011 at 02:40 o\clock
“I have a companion, a wonderful guide, A solace and comfort whatever betide; A friend never-failing when others pass by, Oh, blessed communion, my Bible and I.” – M.H. Knobloch
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.” Psalm 119:140
“I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.” Psalm 119:162
“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.” Jeremiah 15:16
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Jun 28, 2011 at 04:49 o\clock
Question: A Christian friend of mine was trying to justify a sin he was doing, when I told him no amount of justification can make a sin ok, he accused me of judging him and said I was sinning by judging him. Am I in the wrong? No, not unless you are being a hypocrite or not speaking the truth in love.
“But speaking the truth in love…” Ephesians 4:15 “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:20
The bible forbids hypocritical judgment of another. There is such a thing as right or “righteous judgment!”
Whenever I begin to pass judgment on another the Lord reminds me of this verse
“For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:2
We expect false accusations from the world, but sometimes even fellow believers can speak foolishly and may falsely accuse us of having wrong motives about what we are doing for the Lord. This is exactly the kind of judgment the scriptures condemn. We are not to judge a persons motive by our own subjective opinions. We cannot see into another person’s heart. We are to make right judgments and the only way we can do that is to apply the scriptures to the actions or deeds of another person. “… judge righteous judgment.” John 7:24 When it comes to judging, we are to be fruit inspectors not heart surgeons.
The scriptures also tell us to disqualify ourselves from making a judgment about someone if we have a beam in our own eye.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.” Matthew 7:1-5
Once we have the beam out of our own eye we can lovingly go and be a help to our fellow believers who are caught in some kind of sin.
“...then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.” Matthew 7:5
Here is how we ought to go.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” 2 Timothy 2:24-25
If you see your brother failing in some way, pray about it first, then go, come alongside your brother, put your arm around his shoulder and say “I love you brother, is there anything I can do to be a help to you?”
What if you or I are the target of false accusations, false judgment? Years ago, one dear old brother told me to use the occasion of a false accusation as an opportunity to examine and make sure of my own motives before the Lord and thank Him that but for the grace of God it could be true. The Lord knows our heart and it is to Him we must answer concerning our motives, He is the one we serve.
I pity the poor soul who feels a need to project upon another his or her own insecurity and his or her own sin of pride. It is not only wrong, it is dishonoring to the Lord.
A believer needs to tread carefully in seeking to be a help to others. Those who decide to become accusers of their brethren need to be reminded who they are aiding.
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Revelation 12:20
We all need to be more like Barnabas. In this day and age we all need encouragement. We are all fellow travelers on this sometimes-lonely path through this world’s wilderness scene.
With the Lords help and by His grace we can all be a bit more like Barnabas and always seek to be an encourager and consoler to the Lords people wherever we may find them. To be ready to give a helping hand and an arm around the shoulder to one who has stumbled. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:20
“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,” Acts 4:36
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him…but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6
Pray on it, examine your own motives and go in love and seek to help your brother keeping these words in mind. “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” 2 Timothy 2:24-25
Jun 27, 2011 at 00:15 o\clock
Napoleon was once reviewing his troops near Paris. The horse on which he sat was restless, and the Emperor having thoughtlessly dropped the reins from his hand in the eagerness of giving a command, the spirited animal bounded away. The rider was in danger of being hurled to the ground. A young private standing in the lines leaped forward and, seizing the bridle, saved his beloved Commander from a fall. The Emperor glancing at him said in his quick abrupt way, "Thank you, Captain." The private looked up with a smile and asked, "Of which regiment, Sir?" "Of my guards," answered Napoleon, and instantly galloped to another part of the field.
The young soldier laid down his musket with the remark, "Whoever will may carry that gun; I am done with it," and proceeded at once to join a group of officers who stood conversing at a little distance. One of them, a General, observing his self-possessed approach, angrily said, "What is this insolent fellow doing here?"
"This insolent fellow," answered the young soldier looking the other steadily in the eye, "is a Captain of the Guards." "Why, man" responded this officer, "you are insane; why do you speak thus?" "HE SAID IT," replied the soldier, pointing to the Emperor, who was far down the lines. "I beg your pardon Captain," politely returned the General, "I was not aware of your promotion."
To those looking on he was still a private, dressed in the coarse rough garb of a common soldier; but in the bold assertion of his dignity, he could meet all the jeers of his comrades and all the scoffs of his superiors with the ready reply, "HE SAID IT." (Springs in the Valley) (Sent to me by Norm Hiebert)
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12
“For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.” Mark 13:34
We sometimes forget we have been promoted and given authority. If HE said it, we ought to act like it!
Jun 26, 2011 at 12:43 o\clock
“Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?” (Charles Wesley)
“And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.” Genesis 24:26
“Abba, Father!" we adore Thee,
While the hosts in heaven above
E'en in us now learn the wonders
Of Thy wisdom, grace and love.
Soon before Thy throne assembled,
All Thy children shall proclaim
Abba's love as shown in Jesus,
And how full is Abba's name!”
Jun 26, 2011 at 03:32 o\clock
When you read the story of Moses there are three distinct phases to his life. The Bible records that Moses spent the first 40 years of his life thinking he was somebody.
“…Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?…” Exodus 2:14 “…thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…" Revelation 3:17 “…With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own…” Psalm 12:4
Next he spent the middle 40 years of his life on the backside of a desert learning he was nobody.
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26
“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:24
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
Last of all he spent the last 40 years of his life discovering what God can do with a nobody.
“By faith…he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27
“…I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)