Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Does Jesus Care?

 

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
I Peter 5:7

Yes He cares! Jesus Himself said that He sees every sparrow fall and knows the number of hairs on our heads! How much more would He care for His Blood bought children? Thank you Lord for your loving care and tender mercy! He is our High Priest, touched with all of our infirmities and feelings.

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:14-15

I thank my dear High Priest for His care! May we live in light of that, and trust Him faithfully, holding fast to our professions. We need not worry, indeed should not! Next time you feel discouraged or down cast or anxious, remember that JESUS CARES!

 

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain:
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Frank E. Graeff

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blinded!

 

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

Romans 1:21

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Today I was reflecting on these verses, and soberly considering there implications. It was brought to my mind when I read, with much grief, someone's twisted view of salvation. They wrote a scathing and scornful review of a pastor’s sermon outline, saying “This document is COMPLETE HERESY! I read only through the first page and a bit of the second...I found many lies. To think that there are somehow phases or "aspects" of salvation such as legal, vital or practical...why, the scriptures do NOT teach that.” This was only a small piece of what was said. I was angered by the scornful, harsh and critical spirit of the woman who wrote this, about and against a man of God and the truth he preaches!

Yes, it was a woman. That is what doubly caught my attention. We, dear ladies, are more easily deceived than men. This isn’t because we are less intelligent or anything like that, it is simply because the Lord made us to follow and to be more emotionally responsive than men. Remember that it was Eve who was deceived. Adam simply chose his fleshly desires instead of  obeying God. It does not say that Adam was deceived by Satan at all.

This woman, who calls herself a preacher, proceeded to quote many scriptures that she thinks indicate that you can lose your salvation (eternally) and that God has no will in salvation, all the will is man’s. It struck me that it can only be the hand of God that blinds men this way, that they cannot see the truth! “He sends them strong delusion that they should believe a lie”. We can become so puffed up in ourselves and our wicked hearts can deceive us completely! We must beseech the Lord to uncover our eyes and enlighten our hearts!

I just wanted to post this as a warning to us women and girls. Our emotions can get the best of us and our foolish hearts can lead us captive if we do not rule our spirits and submit to God’s order! God has chosen men and put them in an office of leadership as pastors and teachers over us. Who are we to bark against them! We should not reject this authority, but humbly submit ourselves unto it. We should not usurp the authority of the man! The Lord forbids it!

As to this particular woman’s silly statement about the phases or aspects of salvation, I remembered these verses:

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” 2 Timothy 1:9 

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1Timothy 1:15 

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy hesaved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5

“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1Timothy 4:16

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Romans 13:11

We have to remember not to come to the preaching of God’s word with a skeptical, scornful, haughty, attitude and our own preconceived ideas. If we do the Lord will surely blind us! We must come to it with a ready mind and a humble heart, ready to hear and receive the Word of God and submit ourselves unto it. We must also remember that the Lord hides these things from the wise and prudent and reveals them unto babes! Praise God!

I hope this post makes since. I was just so stirred up about the foolishness of men (or women in this case) and the sobriety of the possibility of the Lord blinding our eyes.

May we all, men and women alike, take heed to the warning of the above verses, and walk soberly and righteously in this present world! And let us glory in the Lord, not ourselves, for the truth He has shown us! For had He not revealed the truth to us, we would all be blind!

 “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” Psalm 115:1-3

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Let us go into the House of the Lord!

 

“Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:27


“Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.” Genisis 13:12

What do we love? What do we seek after with our whole heart? Do we seek the Lord or do we fulfill our flesh and follow the devil?! Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked! They lie to us continually. Any time we consider such things it is easy to think about others and what they are or aren’t doing. But we should apply these things to ourselves and examine our hearts thoroughly, checking them by the scripture! Let us pray with David “Search me, O God, and Know my heart, try me and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Here is a Psalm from the man after God’s own heart:

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.” Psalm 122:1-9

Do we love the house of the Lord? Do our feet stand within it’s gate? Or do we pitch our tents toward Sodom? Peace and prosperity are in the house of the Lord, death and destruction abound in the world. In which do we wish to dwell? Do we prefer God’s house and God’s people over any other place or people? Who are the people that we should prefer?  Those in our church first and foremost! Are we content with that?

We had reasons for joining the churches we did– Doctrine, practice, providence, people, etc. If we affirmed in the name of Jesus Christ that the doctrine and practice of this church were true indeed, if we confessed God’s providence in connecting us in it,  if we promised to assemble, forgive, help, love, serve, communicate, submit, support, etc. then we are giving place to the devil and pitching our tent toward Sodom if we do not love and are not content to abide in this church! It is discontentment that causes us to “need” change, or “need” more. How can we contend against discontentment, and strengthen our zeal to withstand the devil and His temptation to pitch our tent toward anything but the Lord and His house? God gives us the answer in Ephesians. Through Paul He tells us the armor that we need to stand in God’s might against the devil.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:10-20

“TRUTH protects from his lies, diversions, confusions, and heresies (John 8:44). RIGHTEOUSNESS protects from accusations, compromise, reproaches, and doubts. PEACE protects from doubts, fear, worry, anxiety, distractions, and loss of joy.
FAITH protects from accusations, doubts, confusion, impatience, and inventions.
SALVATION protects from hopelessness, guilt, condemnation, and foolish works.
WORD OF GOD is offensive and will effectively counter his very best temptations.
PRAYER IN THE HOLY GHOST is the activity we should constantly emphasize.”
                                                  from the sermon “Give no Place” letgodbetrue.com

We cannot stand alone against the devil. That is why the Lord gives us this armor! We must choose to put it on daily. We must be sober and vigilant to resist the devil! This is a real war! It is serious, life and death serious. We must choose this day who we will serve, and where our affections will lie. We must choose contentment and choose love in/for His House!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Let Brotherly Love Continue!

 

"Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful
works to the children of men!" Psalm 107:8,15,21,31


"I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on
thy name; for it is good before thy saints." Psalm 52:9

I am so very thankful to the Lord for His great kindness and love shown to me through each of the brothers and sisters that took time out of their day to send me encouraging emails and post encouraging comments on my blog this past week! Your love astounded me! You showed the brotherly love to me that our brother Paul talks about so often in His epistles! May each and every one of you, dear brothers and sisters from South Carolina, Singapore, Malaysia, and my parents and dear sister Sarah, be blessed mightily by the Lord! May He repay you for your kindness in ways that I cannot! I do not even know how to thank you all, for my mind is too feeble! All I can do is say thank you, and pray for the Lord’s benefits to be poured out upon each of you! You have renewed my zeal and desire to press on in the Lord and in His truth! You have reminded me to not grow weary in well doing! You have caused me to reflect on the hope that I do have! You have reminded me that we do not run this race in vain! I pray fervently that the Lord will lift each of your spirits and pour out His mercy and grace on each of you as it was poured out on me this weekend! I publicly would like to THANK THE LORD and THANK YOU for all the kindness shown!

Thank you Lord for your dear saints and children that you have put on this earth who desire to do your will and follow your word and walk in your way! Lord be with them all! Bless them beyond what they can ask or think! Make us to go in your way, praise your name, love you more, and love each other as these brothers and sisters have shown their love to me! I am overwhelmed by the love of Christ and the love of Christ reflected through each of you, His dear children!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9


“But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” 2 Thesalonians 3:13

I “give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since” I “heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:” Colossians 1:3-6

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;” Ephesians 1:15-16

“My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” 1 Corinthians 16:24

Thank you all!!

Love,

A grateful and encouraged sister in the Lord!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

You Are Invited to a Banquet!

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Many years ago, (I think it was 2001 I don’t remember the exact date) my parents sat me and my siblings (then there were only 3 of us!) down in the living room.

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the B’s in April 2001(not the date of told happening but it is the very couch we sat on during this and the one we still have!)

They proceeded to tell us very excitedly that they had an invitation to give to each of us. They handed each of us an envelope with our name on it, beautifully written in attractive, blue ink calligraphy by my mother. They told us to open our envelopes at the same time.

We each tore open our envelope, excitedly anticipating and wondering what it was we should find… What it was we were invited to! Pulling out the invitation revealed a white card with a cornucopia adorning the top of it and words in bold, black type that read:

“You are invited to a banquet!”

Oh what excited glances we gave each other as we awaited permission to look inside! What, oh what could the banquet be for and who was inviting us to it?! Dad told us to open our cards and he told one of us (I don’t remember which of us kids) to read the invitation aloud:

“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.”

Proverbs 9:1-6

After the reading dad explained that this was the most bountiful feast we could ever be invited to partake of and the most beautiful woman had invited us to it. We had a choice: We could lavishly dine at Lady Wisdom’s table or reject her for our own vomit (Proverbs 26:11) We sat, the then 3 B’s, and quietly listened to him tell of this exciting invitation to a banquet. At first I think I was a bit disappointed (I was a foolish girl of 10) This wasn’t a “real” invitation, I thought. But how wrong that little girl was! It is a very real invitation! Every day we make a choice to eat and drink at this abundant table or reject it to wallow in the mire!

When they, my parents, had finished inviting us to this marvelous feast, they presented each of us with our daily food, our banquet, a King James Bible! I still have that green (my favourite color) Bible sitting on my desk, with my invitation to the feast inside. It reminds me of that night and of my father and mother’s solemn instructions to the boys and me. Now I would like to tell you something:

You are invited to a Banquet!

Will you come?!

I praise and thank the Lord for giving me such God-fearing parents who wanted and continue to train their children, even at a young age, to seek Him early! To follow after Him! To reject the folly and vanity of this world and love and seek the Wisdom and riches that are from above! Thank you Lord for my parents! Thank you dad and mom for loving your children so much that you sacrifice(d) yourself daily to train your children in the Way they should go! I pray that none of us will EVER depart from it!

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June 2001

Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures. They are pictures taken with my phone of the originals. Back then we didn’t have a digital camera :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Count Your Blessings!

My top ten blessings that I thank God for today!:

1. My Lord Who bought me with His Blood!

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:4

“…ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5,6

2. The Hope of the Resurrection!

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

3. The Lord Jesus Christ my Shepherd, King, Brother and Intercessor! And so much more!

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 17:14; 19:16

“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Matthew 12:50

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

4. The Bible!

“But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:10

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5. The Church at St. Louis!

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1

My church!+

Kathryn  

We need a new picture :)

6. Parents who fear the Lord!

“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.” Psalm 128:1-4

mom and dad

7. Brothers and sister who fear the Lord!

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;” Psalm 33:18

all = kbeth & me (2)            me and B3 

bryant and kathrynThe kids in the asparugus

8. Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Sing, and a Voice to do it With!!

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16

Hymnal  Come thou Fount

9. A Nephew or Niece! (TBD)

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3

4d ultrasound(Not a picture of Bryant and Kathryn’s baby)

10. Renewed Mercies EVERY Morning!

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” Lamentations 3:22-25

Sweet BellBellhannah

Thank you Lord for ALL of your INUMERABLE blessings!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lord, Like the Publican I Stand

 

Lord, like the publican I stand,
And lift my heart to thee;
Thy pard’ning grace, O God, command,
Be merciful to me.

I smite upon my anxious breast,
O’er-whelmed with agony,
O save my soul by sin oppressed,
Be merciful to me.

My guilt, my shame, I all confess;
I have no hope nor plea,
But Jesus blood and righteousness:
Be merciful to me.

Here at thy cross I still would wait,
Nor from it’s shelter flee,
Till thou, O God, in mercy great,
Art merciful to me!

By:

Henry W. Baker, 1868

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