Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Light Affliction

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."

2 Timothy 3:12

When we think of persecution of Christians, we generally think of the immense suffering of the flesh being tortured, torn apart, imprisoned with barely the necessities of life for years on end, being killed in ferocious ways... burning, drowning, boiling in oil, beheading, etc. The LORD has given His dear children the grace to pass through these trials with their faith in tact. They even went cheerfully singing to these hideous, tortuous, deaths. but the LORD has not called all His children to suffer these persecutions...

But in light of 2 Tim. 3:12, if we are living godly, we will be persecuted. I have often wondered how and what that persecution would taste like. My family has seen some of it when my father has decided to follow the truth of God's Word rather than mens' opinions. Being shunned by family for decisions made, being cast out of a church for doctrine believed, even being branded in some circles as "No brother of Christians"... but still, that was for my father's decisions. Have I been persecuted for my own living?

I have pondered this often and thought about what it might include... but this morning when I checked my inbox and read a notification I got on Google+, this verse "and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." came directly to mind. Granted, it is very light. But still the name calling and rude words of my persecutor comforted, yes, COMFORTED, me. If I do not have any form of persecution, it worries me. Can people tell I am different than the world? Do they know I believe the Word of God and will choose it over the vain things of this world?

What was I being persecuted for... in truth, I had to go back and look at what I had said, because it was in April that I commented on the post of a video of a friend of mine. The video was of a sweet little girl, Amira Willighagen, singing a lovely song (not a hymn). She was 9 years old and singing on one of those talent show things I believe. Here is what I commented, which my friend who had posted the video agreed with:

"I told my little sister Bethany (9 yrs) that this girl was 9 also... here is her eye's: o.O lovely voice :) the LORD has certainly blessed her with that... I hope she glorifies Him with it. It is always sad to see a voice wasted on insignificant things :)"

And I believe what I said... God gave some people such amazing talents! Think of some modern day singers or olden day ones that you enjoy their voices but cannot or will not listen to them because what they sing does not glorify the LORD. *disclaimer* I knew my friend to be a Christian, I knew he would understand what I was saying, I knew that he would agree and I knew that if he hadn't thought about it before he would certainly do so in light of God's Word having submitted to the Bible before when I presented it to him.*

Okay, so that being told, what I got in my inbox this morning from someone who calls him/herself "Beverage Guzzler" made me turn a little pale at first, made me want to answer him with some righteous indignation, and then finally conclude not to cast pearls before swine or answer a fool according to his folly lest I be like him... I am going to now put what he said here... but I am going to edit the "bad" words a bit... though he posted it all typed out... Don't read it if crude language makes you ill...

"+Brytni Jade "It is always sad to see a voice wasted on insignificant things"  So says the overly stiff prude Christian b***h. It looks like someone ( yourself ) hates freedom of expression and speech so as long as a voice is not used to worship your God then it is deemed according to you as "insignificant"  Just who the f**k are you to judge other people's expressions and feelings and life stories outside of your religious confines as "insignificant" Miss Theocrat ?!? answer me that. My suggestion to you is to pull your head out of your Christian a**, live and let live."

I didn't know that when you comment on someone's post of a video on Google+ it uploads it as a comment on YouTube, but I guess it does and what I said offended this person. Now, like I said, this was quite a light bit of persecution... I almost didn't want to call it that. But there are those who truly hate God and do not want to acknowledge Him and His authority in any, let alone all their thoughts.

I'll end this by saying, I am thankful for this comment I got this morning. It caused me to have some good thoughts and a good communing with my LORD.

I hope that should the persecution get a little stiffer, harsher, heavier, in this country, that I shall just as thankfully be able to endure it...just like this very light affliction.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In light of total depravity, or rather in proof of it, Romans 1 describes the baseness of men’s natures when the LORD lets them go. But the list of sins for which He gives them over to a reprobate mind are not all what we might call “egregious sins” (as in the murder, fornication, inventing evil things, etc.)but some are sins common to every man (proud, boasters, disobedient to parents, backbiters, envious, etc.).

(btw: all sin is egregious because we daily commit it against a Holy God Who has done everything for us.)

The LORD has shown us that despite the fact that we are just as sinful as those the Lord lets go of, He has put in us the desire to do better, the ability to repent for and of the sin and to press on choosing to put off this old man and on the new, to select good things to do…which will truly be deemed righteous acts because they are robed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ! Therefore,

From beginning,

His choosing us before the foundation of the world when we were yet sinners, to dying for us before we even were born or cared, to regeneration, to conversion in our daily lives in the practical outworking of our salvation… it is ALL Him and nothing of us. But that is not it…

to the end,

There is an icing on the cake… that is not ALL He will do for us! We will drop the sinful flesh and not have the temptations from the sins which here so easily beset us. We will be thoroughly purged from all sin to be perfectly holy in His presence forever! “This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise, To seize the everlasting prize.” We’ll drop the robe of actual corruptible skin and it’s imperfection, but better yet is the dropping of the “flesh”, that sinful warring member within us! Thank you LORD!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Salvation's Free!

Believer here thy comfort stands,
From first to last salvation's free;
And everlasting love demands,
An everlasting song from thee.

Because the LORD elected us before the foundation of the world to be made alive in Christ, making salvation a free gift, not one we chose to receive, but one He chose to give, then we owe Him our praise! Jehovah is worthy of our praise:

" Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." 
Revelation 4:11

Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise:

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." 
Revelation 5:13,13

The very rocks would praise His name... and we are no rocks! The everlasting love He bestowed(s) upon us should cause our mouths to open in His praise! Let not our lips in guilty silence lie, leaving His glory unuttered, but open up and sing the Lord who came to die!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Swallowed Up!

O love! How high thy glory swell!
How great, immutable and free;
Ten thousand sins as black as hell,
Are swallowed up, O love, by thee.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8

What a glorious thought! We did nothing to deserve or purchase His love for us, yet He chose to sacrifice His Son to save sinners... even me! His love doesn't change toward us, for He elected us before the foundation of the world! What, but daily conformity to Christ Jesus, obedience, adoration and praise, can we render to our God for all His kindness shown?!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Christ and His Bride

Then, in His love and His decrees,
Christ and His bride appeared as one,
Her sin, by imputation His,
While she in spotless splendor shone.

Just as we are imputed Adam's sin, so are we imputed Christ's righteousness! It is not just as if we'd never sinned alone, but just as if we had never sinned AND just as if we had lived every single day of our lives as righteously as Christ did! Thank you LORD!

So then, we are presented to our Bridegroom without spot or wrinkle... Only by His election and grace... only by His decree!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sun's Refulgent Ray...

Long ere the sun's refulgent ray
Primeval shades of darkness drove,
They on his sacred bosom lay,
Loved with an everlasting love.

Refulgent: Shining Brightly
Primeval:of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world.

Jeremiah 31:3
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

Ephesians 2:4,5
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

His Own Elect...

"Twas with an everlasting love.

That God his own elect embraced
Before he made the worlds above,
Or earth on her huge columns placed."

The LORD chose us in Himself, of Himself, unto Himself... in eternity past before He created the earth! No choice on our part, no merit or deserving... His pure and matchless grace and love! Jesus Christ Died for His elect and DID not... WILL not... lose one of them! Thank you LORD!