Saturday, December 31, 2011

Blessed Are the Meek!

Part 5

A verse that many parents teach there children early is Philippians 2:3. But it doesn’t just apply to ‘lil kids who like to argue! It applies to us too (and probably more)! Pride is a most besetting sin. It creeps in and destroys our relationships. It makes us blinded to our own sin and causes us to dislike and avoid conviction and repentance! It says to us daily, “You are much wiser than them!” “You are beautiful, smart and charming. Everybody loves you just the way you are.” “Who do they think they are?!” and many other things. Don’t listen to that emulating, highminded, conceited, insolent, proud, haughty, hating God voice! Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked! Lord teach me your wisdom, for you know my heart better than I know it myself! Lead me in Thy way, and root out the pride and arrogancy within it!

1. Highminded: Having or characterized by a haughty, proud, or arrogant spirit

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:2-5

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:3,10,16

2. Pride: Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.

“Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” 1Samuel 2:3


“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner." Luke 18:11-13

3. Conceited: Entertaining a flattering opinion of one’s self; having a vain or too high conception of one’s own person or accomplishments.

“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” Proverbs 26:12

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16

4. Vainglory: Glory that is vain, empty, or worthless; inordinate or unwarranted pride in one’s accomplishments or qualities; disposition or tendency to exalt oneself unduly; idle boasting or vaunting.

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” Galatians 6:3

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.” 1Corinthians 3:18

“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” 1Corinthians 8:2

5.: Emulation: The  endeavour  to  equal or surpass others in any achievement or quality; also, the desire or ambition to equal or excel.

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

6: Insolence: Rude treatment of others.

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Children dance

Just Innocent fun? I don’t think so!

Part 4 of forgotten sins!

These sins may seem “long ago and far away” but they are still on earth today! You can find witchcraft and sorcery in books, on movies, etc. Some people are still prognosticators and necromancers! Look at the the “Farmer’s Almanac” just for one example! People are just as superstitious today as they were a few hundred years ago. Think rabbit’s foot, dream catchers, old wives tales, amulet, a birthday wish (before blowing out candles), “Bless you”(when someone sneezes), eight balls, fortune cookies, zodiac signs, etc. etc. etc. It is EVERYWHERE! We should be sober and vigilant, because our adversary the devil walketh about, seeking whom he may devour with any “little”, “innocent,” thing!

1. Witchcraft: Involvement with witches directly or indirectly.

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,” Galatians 5:19-20

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Exodus 22:18

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,” Deuteronomy 18:10

2. Prognostication: To know or tell of (an event, etc.) beforehand; to have previous knowledge of; to presage; to foretell, predict, prophesy, forecast. An astrological or
astrometeorological forecast for the year, published in (or as) an almanac.

“Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.” Isaiah 47:13


“Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.” Daniel 2:2


“The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:” Daniel 5:7,15

3. Necromancy: The pretended art of revealing future events, etc., by means of
communication with the dead; more generally, magic, enchantment, conjuration.

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deauteronomy 18:10-12


“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” 1Samuel 28:7-19

4. Sorcery: Magic; enchantment; witchcraft; divination by the assistance (or supposed assistance) of evil spirits, or the power of commanding evil spirits.

“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:” Acts 8:9

“And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?” Acts 13:8-10

5. Superstition: Belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in omens and prognostics.

“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:22-28

 

lion

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blessed are ye when men shall revile you… for MY sake.

Yet another post about oft forgotten sins…

1. Railing: To utter abusive language. II. To jest or rally

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” 1Corinthians 5:11


“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:21-22


“And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.” Mark 15:29-32

2.Revile: To degrade, abase. To subject to contumely or abuse; to assail with opprobrious or abusive language.

A. Contumely: Insolent reproach or abuse; insulting or offensively contemptuous language or treatment; despite; scornful rudeness.

B. Opprobriate: To speak abusively or contemptuously of or to.

C. Despiteful: Full of spite, malicious, malignant.

I. Malicious: Harbouring ill will or enmity without provocation; having an evil disposition towards another or others.

II. Malignant: Malicious, Having an extreme disposition of evil towards another or others.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10


“Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.” Exodus 22:28


“Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?” Acts 23:3-4

 

What do we think we are doing? Railing on or reviling someone is wicked! We should never utter ridiculing speech about or to another person. Reviling is despising someone with your language. How dare we speak thusly about or to another child of God?! Railing is name-calling without a justifiable reason. Including, angry outbursts, sarcastic comments, public ridicule, private rants, excessive criticism, lack of respect to those in authority, mean speech to others, slander and backbiting. Even Paul the apostle was reticent of railing on or reviling authority. We are to be charitable, meek, longsuffering, etc. Are we the sons of Belial? Why do we speak hellishly then? For this language is not from above. Our God is pure and righteous in all His ways.

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” James 3:10-15

How can we call ourselves God’s children and praise Him and thank Him, then turn around and revile His Blood bought Saints with the same mouth? or rail against His God ordained authorities? or hold bitterness in our hearts against any? Let us continue to examine ourselves in the Light of Holy Scripture, and repent and be cleansed of our wicked ways. Let us not be spotted by the world and this wicked generation!

 

2 look alike girls

Oh, and as to the title of this post, I chose it because of the way it struck me that Jesus expects His children to be reviled by the world, not His children to be reviling each other!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

God Hates The Froward Mouth and the Odious Woman!

more forgotten sins:

There is one aspect of character that I want to have more than anything! I want to be a gracious woman, with gracious lips! I don’t want to be odious or froward in speech or action. I want others to love to be with and around me. I want to be easy to get along with. I want to be the world’s best wife, when God gives me to a man! Lord help me to grow in graciousness! Help me to cut out my froward tongue!

“A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.”

Psalm 101:4

“For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.”

Proverbs 30:21-23

1. Froward: Disposed to go counter to what is demanded or what is reasonable; perverse, difficult to deal with, hard to please; refractory, ungovernable; bad, evilly disposed, ‘naughty’

“For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.” Proverbs 3:32

“The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.” Proverbs 10:31

“They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.” Proverbs 11:20

“With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;  With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.” Psalm 18:25-26

“Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:” Proverbs 2:15

“Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.” Proverbs 4:24

“A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.” Proverbs 6:12

“A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.” Proverbs 16:28

“He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.”  Proverbs 17:20

“The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.” Proverbs 21:8

2. Odious: Deserving of hatred, hateful, causing or exciting hatred or repugnance, disagreeable, offensive, repulsive; exciting Odium.

A.Odium: Hatred dislike, aversion, detestation.

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24


“A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.” Proverbs 19:13


“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” Proverbs 21:9


“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” Proverbs 21:19


“A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.” Proverbs 27:15-16


“And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.” Ecclesiastes 7:26

An odious woman is recognized by all, but never figures out that she is such a woman! There is no hope of correcting her, for she is blameless in her own perverted and profane mind.

3. Implacable: (See last post: http://sojourninghereinfear.blogspot.com/2011/12/blessed-are-peacemakers.html )

Froward people are obnoxious and offensive. Being froward is opposite of being gracious, peaceable, charitable and good. Such a man or woman does not grow in favour with God or men! Their conduct is unconventional and unacceptable! They are boorish, rude, disagreeable, irritating, inconsiderate, selfish, sinful and odious. They cannot be pleased. Odious people are hated and despised. They are irritating, negative, critical, haughty, and have a poisonous spirit that drives others to despise and resent them. God forbid that His children should continue in such filthy communication!

I want to throw off the shackles of these besetting sins, and be like the good women of the Bible! Lord help me! I am a person of unclean lips, and I dwell amongst a people of unclean lips!

 

in the woods

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Blessed Are The Peacemakers!

 

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

Hebrews 12:14

Debate, gainsaying, variance and implacableness are all sins of the flesh! Christians are called to be peacemakers! We should hate bitterness, conflict, disputes, debate, arguments, hatred, envy and variance! A godly man/woman will do all he can to avoid fights and make peace between others. Let us look at some definitions:

1. Debate: Strife, contention, dissention, quarrelling, wrangling, arguing; a quarrel.

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” Romans 1:29-31

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings:” Philippians 2:14

“He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,” 1 Timothy 6:4

A. Strife: The action of striving together or contending, opposition; a condition of antagonism, enmity, or discord; contention, dispute.

“For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” 1Corinthians 3:3

“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” Proverbs 15:18

“A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.” Proverbs 18:6


“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:14-16

2. Gainsaying: Given to contradiction, contumacious

A. Contumacious: Contemning and obstinately resisting authority; Stubbornly perverse, insubordinate, rebellious.

B. Gainsay: To deny, to speak against, contradict. To speak or act against, oppose, hinder.

“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” Titus 1:9-11

3. Variance: The state or fact of disagreeing or falling out; discord, dissention, contention, debate.

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

4. Implacable: Not to be appeased; that cannot be pacified or rendered peaceable; inexorable; stubborn or constant in enmity.

A. Inexorable: Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer.

“Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” Romans 1:31

“The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.” Proverbs 30:15-16

Unity in one mind is commanded for the churches of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:10) It is easy to forget that debating is a sin! Arguing, disputing, or questioning merely to oppose or resist is unprofitable. Questioning with the intent of sparring rather than learning; and inappropriate questions due to age, rank, ability, or study are all examples of ungodly debating. Of course, this prohibition does not apply to godly defense of the faith! You must search and be very careful of your motives behind every question. Gainsayers are mouthy talkers that like  to oppose others. To every instruction, they have objections or questions. They prefer to disagree than to agree and cooperate. Have you ever heard the saying: “You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t,” This is describing people who are impossible to please. They are implacable. Are you easily reconciled, satisfied, and content with the decisions of others? Are you known  as an agreeable,  cooperative, easy, helpful person? Or do you make it hard for others to get along with you?  God has commanded the churches to be unified in one mind and in peace (Eph 4:3). There is no room for varying opinions, except in matters of liberty, and then there is no room for doubtful disputations about such things (Rom 14:1) I want to be a peacemaker and be at peace with all men!

I think I’ll be doing a few more posts on forgotten sins like this. It is so easy to get caught up in something that seems “innocent enough” but in reality is earthly, sensual, devilish. Lord help us to do Thy will!

 

2 little girls

Monday, December 26, 2011

I Will Praise Thee, O LORD!

 

“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling!”

Psalm 2:11

The Lord is my strength and song! He is my God, and I will exalt Him! The right hand of the Lord is glorious in power! The Lord hath dashed in pieces His enemies! Who is like unto the Lord?! He is glorious in holiness and fearful in praises, doing wonders! The Lord shall reign forever and ever!

“O Come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise unto the Rock of our Salvation!”

Psalm 95:1

“The glory of the Lord shall endure forever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works!”

Psalm 104:31

“…Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

Revelation 7:12

daisies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Brethren, Dwell in Unity.

 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

Psalm 133

“ I… beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Ephesians 4:1-3

Blest Are The Sons Of Peace

“Blest are the sons of peace,
Whose hearts and hopes are one,
Whose kind designs to serve and please
Through all their actions run.

“Blest is the favoured house
Where zeal and friendship meet;
Their songs of praise, their mingled vows
Make their communion sweet.

“Thus when on Aaron's head
They poured the rich perfume,
The oil through all his raiment spread,
And pleasure filled the room.

“Thus on the heavenly hills
The saints are blest above,
Where joy like morning dew distils,
And all the air is love.”

Isaac Watts

loving siblings

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Soul is Magnifying the Lord This Morning!

~
"My soul doth magnify the Lord,
My spirit doth rejoice,
In God my saviour and my God;
I hear His joyful voice.
I need not go abroud for joys,
I have a feast at home;
My sighs are turned into songs,
The Comforter has come!
 
"Down from above, this blessed Dove,
Is come into my breast,
Witness of God's eternal love,
This is my heavenly feast.
This makes me 'Abba Father' cry,
With confidence of soul:
This makes me cry 'My Lord, my God'
And that without control.
 
"There is a stream that issues forth,
From God's eternal throne,
And from the land a living stream,
Clear as a crystal stone.
This stream doth water Paradise,
It makes the angels sing;
One cordial drop revives my heart,
Thence all my joys do spring.
 
"Such joys as these unspeakable,
And full of glory too,
Such hidden manna, hidden pearls,
As worldlings do not know.
Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard,
From fancy 'tis concealed,
What Thou, Lord, hast laid up for Thine,
And hast to me revealed.
 
"Then shall my soul with angels feast,
On joys that ever last;
Refined, full, and always sweet,
Delighting to the taste.
Blest be my God, The God of joys,
Who gives me here a crumb,
And fills my soul with earnest hope,
Till I arrive at home."
~
Unknown

 

“The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”

Psalm 126:3

this is my Father's world

Friday, December 16, 2011

Don’t Add or Subtract!

 

I’m glad the Lord says I don’t have to do any math when it comes to His Word… Oh wait, Never mind, it says to rightly divide the Word of truth :) Well, as long as I have His help and mercy I think I can do it :)

Here are the verses I was considering today:

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Proverbs 30:5,6

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Revelation 22:18-21

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

God’s Promise

 
"God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways all our lives thru,
God has not promised sun without rain,
Peace without sorrow, joy without pain.
 
"But God has promised strength as our day,
Rest when we labor, Light on the way,
Grace for our trials, Help from above,
Unfading kindness, undying love.
 
"Tho' we have mingled sunshine and rain,
Clouds decked with rainbows, joy mixed with pain,
Let us still trust His mercies right on,
And sing His praises all the day long!"
~
Annie Johnson Flint

in the rain

Rejoicing in God’s Mercy Today!

I am praising God for His “”un-fairness” today! If He were fair, I would be going to hell! But in His mercy, He killed His dear Son in my stead! Thank you my Saviour and my King!
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”
Romans 9:13-24
watercolorlady

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Love is The Greatest Thing!

 

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

children playing

" Love is the greatest thing,
this world has ever known,
It fits us for God's service here,
and leads us nearer home.

“Without love, preaching's vain,
religion just a show,
trees that here only cumber ground,
On which no fruit will grow.

“Tho' we should give our goods,
To feed and clothe the poor,
It could not save us from our sin,
Nor open heavens door.

“And though our bodies burn,
In human sacrifice,
This never could atone for sin,
Jesus must pay the price.

“Love makes us suffer long,
And not to seek our own,
Helps us to act as Christians should,
And imitate God's Son.

“Our faith and hope will end,
When heaven we shall see,
But charity will still live on,
In all eternity!"


R.H. Pittman

Monday, December 12, 2011

God’s Word ~ A Light Unto My Path

 

“Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.”

Psalm 119:35

down a path

 

“Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”

Psalm 139:3

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Spiritual Adultery

 

Be sure to search God’s Word, not your feelings or men’s opinions concerning this VERY controversial subject. I love the Lord, and want to please Him in all I do. I hope you do too.  He is so good to reveal truth to His children. I pray that He will continue to do so, and that many will come to the knowledge of this truth, and repent, go forth and sin no more!

golden calf

“Taking an evergreen tree, putting it in your house, decorating it with lights, sitting in the dark, and adoring it to Christmas carols is spiritual adultery. You profess to love Jesus, but you do so with the mementos and techniques of other lovers – the world and pagan religion. You are not content with Christ's pure gospel – for it has no Mass of Christ. You have added the world's seductions to keep you happy in your marriage to Christ. He is highly offended at your whorish ways.” http://www.letgodbetrue.com/

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/bible/holidays/christmas.htm

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/sermons/pdf/spiritual-adultery.pdf

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/bible/holidays/christmas-is-adultery.htm

Do You Love Lady Wisdom?

 
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Proverbs 4:7
Below is a description of her. So many take some of these verses out of context, and say they are speaking of Jesus (mostly vs.22-36 ) It is so funny to me to see that it is not speaking about Him at all! Those that use these verses out of context, mostly do so in desperation to try to prove the doctrine of eternal son-ship. They are not willing to see the truth, and thus are willingly ignorant of the fact that this passage is speaking of wisdom not Jesus Christ(and that Jesus Christ of Nazareth did not exist  in “eternity past” He is the incarnate Word! He is NOT a begotten god!) Anyway, one of our main duties here on earth is to seek wisdom (in God’s Word). Are you doing so diligently?
“Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”
Proverbs 8:1-36
beautiful woman

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fight the Good Fight!

 

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Galatians 6:9

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“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”

1Corinthians 9:24

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“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 the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1,2

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PRESS ON BROTHERS!

PRESS ON SISTERS!

The Lord is all sufficient for your every need! He will give you the strength required!

Knight and Maiden

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Let It Snow!

 

Windy_Snowflake_Flourish_6

“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.”

Psalm 51:6-9

Snowflake_2 

The Lord reminded me, this morning, that He washes our sins away to make us white as snow! The big beautiful flakes are coming down! I love snow! The Lord is so good to give us diverse seasons to take pleasure in, and then use His creation as lessons for us! Thank you Lord for your wonderful gift!

Snowflake_26

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Isaiah 1:18

snowy flowers

Picture taken with my phone this morning!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Show Pity LORD!

 

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

Psalm 69:30

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Show pity, Lord, O Lord, forgive,
Let a repenting rebel live:
Are not Thy mercies large and free?
May not a sinner trust in Thee?


My crimes are great, but don’t surpass
The power and glory of Thy grace:
Great God, Thy nature hath no bound,
So let Thy pard’ning love be found.


Should sudden vengeance seize my breath,
I must pronounce Thee just in death;
And if my soul were sent to hell,
Thy righteous law approves it well.

Yet save a trembling sinner, Lord,
Whose hope, still hov’ring round Thy Word,
Would light on some sweet promise there,
Some sure support against despair.

O Depth of mercy! can it be
That mercy’s still reserved for me?
Ah, can my God His wrath forbear,
And me the chief of sinners spare?

~Isaac Watts~

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I’m so thankful for the Lord’s mercy! He saved a worthless sinner like me! The depth of His mercy is unfathomable! You would have to be a fool to ask if election is fair. IT IS NOT! And praise the Lord for that! If God had been fair, we would all be damned to hell! Thank you Lord for electing some to be yours, though we do not/cannot deserve it! Thank you for choosing me, and making me to seek after you!

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“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”

Psalm 65:4

earnestly praying

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Making Your Calling and Election Sure


“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall
never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:10-11

Are you elect? Are you sure? Your obedience to God  proves your election (it does not initiate it) (Mark 16:16; Luke 23:39-43). There is not one verse in the Bible that threatens the elect with loss of their eternal life! Praise the Lord! (Ps 89:29-37; Jer 33:17-22; 31:35-37; John 6:39; 17:2; Romans 4:16; 8:29-39; 11:29; etc., etc.).   God bestowed His love on us for eternity, with the gift of knowing about it to remove all our fear (I Jn 4:16-19). If we don’t obey God we have no assurance of salvation. I thank the Lord for the assurance that He has allows us to have! Without it our lives would be miserable! We would live in constant fear.

Thank you Lord for your electing grace and the knowledge and assurance you give me of it!

tulips

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/sermons/pdf/what-if-election-is-true.pdf

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/sermons/pdf/salvation-by-works.pdf

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/bible/salvation/unconditional/seven-proofs.htm

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tongues Have Ceased

 

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues,they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
I Corinthians 13:8

An outline taken from Let God Be True:

1. Bible tongues had a definite beginning. They began on the day of Pentecost in 30 AD, fifty days after the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, just as He had promised (Mark 16:17-20; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). Their role as a sign gift to unbelieving Israel had been suggested by Isaiah’s prophecy of God speaking to Israel with men of other tongues (I Cor 14:21-22; Isaiah 28:11-12).

2. Bible tongues had a definite beginning. They began with Jesus empowering His apostles to preach the gospel to all nations before Rome destroyed Jerusalem and ended the ceremonial Law (Matt 24:14; 28:18-20). God used the gift of tongues to magnify the apostles as heavenly messengers, in spite of lacking education, reputation, and human authority (Acts 4:13; 5:12-13; 8:14-19; 19:1-7).

3. Bible tongues had a definite beginning. They began with the empowerment of the church, which was to worship in an entirely new way (John 4:21-24). The Spirit was to guide the apostles into all truth for writing the New Testament as the new manual for religion, but He would reveal truth by gifts until then (John 14:26; 16:13; Acts 10:28; I Cor 12:7-11; 14:37; II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:21).

4. Bible tongues lasted only a short while. Paul told the tongues-speaking church at Corinth that the Spirit’s revelatory gifts would end (I Cor 13:8). In spite of their emphasis on prophecy, tongues, and gifts of knowledge, Paul promised that these gifts were temporary. Charity was a more excellent way of serving, for charity was permanent and would never end (I Cor 12:31; 13:8,13).

5. Bible tongues were very inadequate. The spiritual gifts of prophecy, the word of knowledge, and tongues brought only a partial revelation of God’s will to any man or church (I Cor 13:9). They were short-term, incomplete fixes for immediate instruction and answers to questions. Because of this, prophets had to work together, for their gifts were very limited and partial (I Cor 14:29-31).

6. Bible tongues were not needed after perfect revelation came. The New Testament scriptures were the perfect revelation that ended and replaced the Spirit’s revelatory gifts, which were all partial (I Cor 13:9-10). Every church then had God’s complete revelation (II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:19). The context demands a comparison of partial and perfect revelation, not the coming of Jesus Christ.

7. Bible tongues were childish and immature. Paul used a metaphor of human development to compare the inferior revelation of spiritual gifts to the perfect revelation of the Bible. The church was then in its infancy, but it would soon pass to a mature stage with greater knowledge. As adults put away childish things, so Christians would put away childish things like tongues (I Cor 13:11).

8. Bible tongues communicated only vague knowledge. Paul told Corinth that the gifts only provided obscure knowledge of God and His will for the churches. He told them that the completed Scriptures would allow them to see in perfect detail, like face to face (I Cor 13:12a). The context demands a comparison of obscure and detailed knowledge, not the coming of Jesus Christ.

9. Bible tongues communicated only partial knowledge. Paul taught that revelatory gifts only provided partial knowledge, but the completed New Testament would provide perfect knowledge, even to the degree of detail that God knew Paul (I Cor 13:12b compared to 13:9-10). The context demands a comparison of partial and perfect knowledge, not the coming of Jesus Christ.

10. Bible tongues could not touch Bible revelation. The Old Testament was perfect for that covenant (Ps 19:7; 119:96). The New Testament was more sure than God’s voice from heaven, could make ministers perfect, and is called the perfect law of liberty (II Pet 1:16-21;II Tim 3:16-17; Jas 1:25). The perfect thing replacing the temporary gifts of prophecy, knowledge, and tongues did come!

11. Bible tongues had a definite end. They ended by 70 AD, forty years after they began, when the apostles had finished writing the New Testament scriptures and such partial and obscure gifts of revelation were no longer needed (I Cor 13:8-12). While Paul was alive the apostles confirmed each other’s writings (I Tim 5:18; II Tim 3:15-17; II Pet 3:15-16). The need for tongues had ended.

12. Bible tongues had a definite end. They ended by 70 AD, forty years after they began, when the apostles’ testimony came to an end. These sign gifts were given in the beginning to confirm the preaching of fishermen and tax collectors, and they ended when their witness was established throughout the Roman Empire and they had gone home to heaven (Mark 16:17-20; Heb 2:1-4).

13. Bible tongues had a definite end. They ended by 70 AD, forty years after they began, when the time of reformation ended, and the kingdom of Jesus Christ was fully established in the earth (Matt 16:28; Heb 12:28-29). They were needed only for 40 years to help confirm the new religion and worship introduced by John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and His apostles (Luke 16:16; John 4:21-24).

14. Bible tongues had a definite end. They ended by 70 AD, forty years after they began, when the Roman armies destroyed the Jewish nation, Jerusalem, and the temple. Tongues were primarily a sign for unbelieving Jews, because the Jews required signs (Deut 18:21-22; I Cor 1:22; 14:21-22). But once Israel was scattered in judgment, the need for tongues was gone (Acts 2:17-21).

15. Bible tongues had a definite end. They ended by 70 AD, forty years after they began, in perfect agreement with the prophecy about them (Micah 7:14-20; Acts 2:17-21; 7:36; Heb 9:10). God had prophesied the duration of this marvelous thing – forty years – and the climactic events ending it – the finished Bible and Israel’s destruction! Give God the glory, and believe His prophecy!

16. Bible tongues had a definite end. They ended by 70 AD, forty years after they began, when the special gift of fluently speaking a foreign language ceased forever. History confirms exactly what had been prophesied – no one spoke in tongues after 70 A.D. The gibberish of possessed Hindus, American Indians, Eskimos, and modern Charismatics and Pentecostals are not the gift of tongues.

17. Bible tongues were definite languages of mankind. The incoherent babbling, gibberish, barking, laughing, and oinking today are not close to the Spirit’s gift, which was only and always definite human languages capable of translation (Acts 2:1-11; 10:46; I Cor 14:21-22). Jannes and Jambres of the Charismatics and Pentecostals cannot duplicate the Spirit’s gift (Gen 8:16-19; II Tim 3:8-9).

18. Bible tongues were a sign to unbelievers. Today’s emphasis on speaking among believers in church services, crusades, or so-called revivals is contrary to God’s will for the gift (I Cor 14:22). Tongues were to convince unbelievers that the speaker was sent by God with a divine message, as at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11). The use of tongues among believers misses God’s purpose for them.

19. Bible tongues were the least gift in the church. The Holy Spirit ranked the gifts for Corinth, which had become distracted by their obsession for spiritual gifts, so the current emphasis on this gift disobeys the priority and emphasis of God (I Cor 12:28). Apostles, prophets, and teachers were clearly superior, because they communicated knowledge. Even helpers were more important!

20. Bible tongues were spoken only by some in a church. The rest of the members were to be content without speaking them, so the obsession today for tongues is clearly wrong (I Cor 12:30). For ministers and churches to demand speaking in tongues as evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost is contrary to the word of God, for only some ever had the real gift, which none have today.

21. Bible tongues were a sign to confirm the speaker. Today’s babbling does not confirm anything but possible insanity, devil possession, drunkenness, or rude manners (Mark 16:17-20; Pr 23:29-30; I Cor 14:11,23). Unless a person was present that knew the language, or an interpreter translated the language, and it was clear the speaker never learned the language, the use of tongues was wrong.

22. Bible tongues were only used publicly with an interpreter. Today’s babbling without interpretation is manifestly wrong in the sight of God (I Cor 14:27-28). Giving some vague religious lesson from the babbling of another is not interpretation of tongues. Linguistic experts or persons knowing both languages would easily recognize true tongues and their interpretation.

23. Bible tongues were only spoken by one person at a time. Today’s emphasis on assemblies with more than on person speaking at the same time is plainly wrong (I Cor 14:27). Paul feared that even one person speaking in tongues without proper interpretation would give the appearance of barbarians or insanity (I Cor 14:11,23). What would he think of today’s mass hysteria?

24. Bible tongues were never sought by spiritual saints. God gave the New Testament gifts according to His own will, and they sought the better gifts anyway (I Cor 12:11,31). Saints with spiritual understanding of God’s gifts coveted the best gifts. They did not pursue or emphasis the least gifts. Speaking in tongues was the lowest gift, even below helpers, in apostolic churches (I Cor 12:28).

25. Bible tongues were under the control of the users. Today’s spontaneous, wild use outside of Scriptural limits is wrong. The gift of prophecy, far superior in every way to tongues, was under the control of the prophets (I Cor 14:32). Paul’s repeated instructions about the right use of the gift of tongues required it to be a very controllable gift, not a force or power controlling the user.

26. Bible tongues was the gift to speak foreign languages without study. But Charismatic and Pentecostal missionaries study languages for years to be able to speak them, and they never expose their “gift” to linguists or native speakers of any language (Acts 2:1-11;10:46). Benny Hinn, the greatest tongues speaker today, must use translators to communicate with anyone of any language!

27. Bible tongues were sought and exalted by the Corinthians. But the church at Corinth was the most immature, carnal, and heretical of the New Testament churches (I Cor 1:11; 3:1-4; 5:1-2; 6:1-8; 11:18; 15:12; etc.). Why do Charismatics make a mockery of Christianity by aping the most problematic church in the Bible and rebelling against the plain guidelines given to that church?

28. Bible tongues were a very inferior gift compared to apostleship. But all honest Bible readers know that the gift of apostle disappeared during the first century. No man in the last 1900 years could qualify as an apostle (Acts 1:20-26; I Cor 9:1; II Cor 12:12). If the most valuable gift had no further purpose after 70 AD, why should the least valuable gift (I Cor 12:28)?

29. Bible tongues were a gift to the apostles and their hearers. Seeking this gift today overlooks its persons, promise, and purpose (Mark 16:14-17; Heb 2:3-4). The gift of tongues was the property of the apostles and those under their ministries (Acts 8:14-17; 10:44-48;19:1-7). Unless some of those original disciples are nearly 2000 years old, there is no legitimate gift of tongues here today.

30. Bible tongues were 2000 times inferior to Bible preaching. Paul valued 5 words of preaching over 10,000 words of tongues! Preaching is far superior in God’s purpose and for the churches’ profit, but Charismatics and Pentecostals reverse this priority to emphasize their novelty (I Cor 14:19,39). They are very quick to ridicule sound doctrine and Bible preaching, though far superior to tongues!

31. Bible tongues submitted to Paul’s commandments. Any other attitude toward Paul’s teaching about tongues is arrogant and ignorant rebellion (I Cor 14:36-38). Thinking yourself spiritual means absolutely nothing! Speaking in “tongues” means nothing! A man or woman that is spiritual will recognize that Paul’s confining restrictions for tongues were the commandments of Jesus Christ.

32. Bible tongues could not be easily duplicated. Because they were real languages, they could not be faked very easily! This made them a sign and a wonder (Acts 2:1-11)! But modern babbling and gibberish are easily duplicated through psychosis, demons, or simply learned behavior. It is for this reason that tongues are so popular, rather than raising the dead or taking up snakes!

33. Bible tongues ended when the apostolic gifts disappeared. Paul could heal early in his career with handkerchiefs, and Peter could heal by his shadow (Acts 5:12-16; 19:11-12). But Paul resorted to home remedies for Timothy’s problems, and he had to leave Trophimus sick at Ephesus (I Tim 5:23; II Tim 4:20). Why didn’t he call for the elders and the healing oil (Mark 6:13; Jas 5:14-15)?

34. Bible tongues were not intended for this age. The three Pastoral Epistles, directing ministers how to take care of the church of God, do not contain a single word about spiritual gifts, especially speaking in tongues (I Tim 3:15; II Tim 3:16-17; Titus 1:5). With the overwhelming emphasis on tongues above anything else in Charismatic circles, this conspicuous silence is very condemning.

35. Modern false tongues had a definite beginning. They began on January 1, 1901, during a watch night service in Topeka, Kansas. A woman named Agnes Ozman babbled in gibberish after Charles Parham, a renegade Methodist minister, laid hands on her. This began the modern craze of speaking in tongues. It did not involve languages, the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, or the apostles.

36. Modern false tongues continued. They went from Kansas to Houston, where Charles Parham got William Seymour involved, who took the spirit fire to Los Angeles. There in 1906 on Azusa Street began a 3-year odyssey of obsessing about tongues that eventually affected the whole world. The problems with Parham, Seymour, and their followers are well documented and beyond this study.

37. Modern false tongues are emphasized over the other sign gifts. The reason is simple – tongues are much easier to counterfeit. Would you rather gibber or handle snakes and drink poison? So Benny Hinn goes to coliseums to heal, not to hospitals! Charismatic faith and power tremble, when real miracles are required! Remember how and why Pharaoh’s magicians had to quit (II Tim 3:8-9)!

38. Modern false tongues have been proven to not be any language. If Charismatics disagree, they should take their gift to a linguist and preach to him. Or they can take their gift to a nation of that language and confirm it among native speakers. But they will not do this any sooner than Benny Hinn will clear a cancer ward or empty a morgue. He stages healings, and they fake tongues.

39. Modern false tongues claim Acts 2:17-21 as a prophecy of them. They apply Joel’s prophecy of Holy Spirit gifts in the last days to their Charismatic activities of the last 100 years. But Joel wrote those words in the future tense to describe Pentecost over 500 years before it happened! Peter nailed the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy to the very event of tongues at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-16)!

40. Modern false tongues emphasize religious experience. Instead of faith, doctrine, and works, they emphasize feelings, froth, and foam. But the apostles emphasized knowledge and learning (Acts 17:11; Rom 16:17-18; Phil 1:9-11; I Cor 14:15-20; I Thes 5:21; II Pet 3:18). Tongues were never sought or promoted in the Bible for a thrilling personal experience, as they are marketed today.

41. Modern false tongues make babbling the test of the Spirit. But the apostles taught that spirits should be tested by doctrine, not a baptism of the Holy Spirit resulting in tongues (I John 4:1-6). Light and truth in any man is known by the degree he holds to scripture, not a babbling tongue (Is 8:20; I Tim 6:3-5). Judas Iscariot was as spectacular at miracles as any of the apostles.

42. Modern false tongues despise doctrine and preaching. They replace these New Testament mandates with praise bands, getting drunk in the spirit, dancing, tongues, slaying in the spirit, laughter revivals, interpretive dance, healing services, and other carnal inventions to scratch the itching ears of unregenerate hearers. But Paul condemned such as false Christianity (II Tim 4:3-4).

43. Modern false tongues emphasize women. Paul warned of televangelists entering homes and taking captive silly and lustful women (II Tim 3:6-7). The apostles taught that women are the most easily deceived by these seducers (I Cor 14:34-35; I Tim 2:14; I Pet 3:7). Paul warned women to be silent in the churches, but Charismatics promote women as pastors (I Cor 14:34-35; I Tim 2:11-12)!

44. Modern false tongues are not the heavenly language of angels. Angels do not babble, gibber, bark, cackle, laugh, or oink! Some take Paul’s hyperbole of I Cor 13:1 and make it some mysterious heavenly language, and then they claim that is what they speak! But Paul merely drew an extreme illustration of how worthless even the most glorious gift of tongues would be without charity.

45. Modern false tongues are not God’s anointing. Charismatics are sickening by their constant talk about a-noint-in! Listen to their guru, Benny Hinn, for any five minutes of any program! But Paul, the great apostle to the Gentiles and our example in following Christ, only used the word one time, and that in a different context (II Cor 1:21)! He never used it in the three Pastoral Epistles.

46. Modern false tongues are leading the perilous times. Paul warned Timothy of a terrible threat against the gospel of Jesus Christ – an effeminate, carnal, compromising, entertaining, and worldly brand of Christianity (II Tim 3:1 - 4:5). The cure was bold and unapologetic preaching of God’s word, in spite of widespread resentment against it. The tongues speakers are leading this apostasy.

47. Conclusion! It is easy to see that today’s speaking in tongues is an ungodly deception of the devil and a disgrace to Jesus Christ. The true gift of tongues ended nearly 2000 years ago. Tongues today are not a gift of the Spirit. And the doctrine and practice of Charismatics and Pentecostals prove them to be heretics under the delusion of the devil and his ministers (II Cor 11:3-4,13-15).

Taken from an outline on Let God Be True : http://www.letgodbetrue.com/bible/heresies/tongues-have-ceased.htm

For further study:

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/sermons/pdf/first-corinthians-13.pdf

http://logosresourcepages.org/Positions/tongues.htm

There are many others.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I’m Thankful:

 

  1. For the Lord’s merciful kindness that is great towards us
  2. For the Lord’s all sufficient grace
  3. That the Lord is our ever-present help in times of trouble
  4. For the Angel of the Lord that encampeth round them that fear Him
  5. For God’s Word that guides us in all things
  6. For Edifying hymns to sing
  7. For repentance and renewal
  8. For brothers and sisters in Christ; especially those in the Church at St. Louis
  9. That the Lord forgives all my sins and forgets all my iniquities
  10. For the example of Job. Even in the worst of trials, he blessed the Lord
  11. For all of the Lord’s benefits that He daily loadeth upon me
  12. For the Lord’s restraining Hand
  13. For the Lord’s perfect will and timing in all things
  14. For the example of all the godly women of the Bible: Sarah, Jael, Rebecca, Mary, Hannah, Ruth, etc.
  15. That the Lord is my strong hold, my high tower and hides me in the day of trouble.
  16. For the fountain that is filled with Emanuel’s Blood that washes all my sins away
  17. That the Lord chose me to live on this side of the cross
  18. That the Lord is my strength and song and my salvation
  19. For the guidance for our prayers through the Psalms
  20. That the Lord is a light unto me while I sit in darkness
  21. That the Lord is showing me the path of life and giving me fullness of joy in His presence
  22. That the Lord gives us wisdom liberally, if we ask for it
  23. For all the delectable fruits that the Lord created for my enjoyment
  24. This list could go on and on and on!

pink dewy rose “In Everything Give Thanks…”