Calm in Crisis

Circumstances can overwhelm us, unless we have discovered the secret of overcoming. We can, in His strength, overcome all circumstances! Keep in mind, however, that we don’t eliminate the circumstances; they must be overcome! When Paul, in Romans 8:37, wrote under inspiration, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors (we overcome) through Him that loved us,” he had just given a list of many intensely trying circumstances. The three Hebrew young men were cast into an actual furnace. Anyone volunteering for experiencing that? Yet, Peter admonished in I Peter 4:12, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” The furnace that we may have to endure may be emotional, physical, mental, spiritual or financial (or a combination of these). We are not exempt from sorrow, pain suffering, etc. We don’t escape the fire but we can be calm in the crises! Warren W. Wiersbe wisely wrote, “When God permits His children to go through the furnace, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat. His loving heart knows how much and how long.” (I Peter 1:6,7). The secret of overcoming is trusting even while being tried. In his moving hymn, “Jesus Is All I Need” James Rowe reminds us, “When through the valley He calls me to go, Jesus is all I’ll need. He will be with me to cheer, I know. Jesus is all I’ll need. All that I need He will always be, all that I need till His face I see. All that I need thro’ eternity, Jesus is all I need.” Selah! For all who are born again, Jesus is with us in the circumstances. He will guide us through and we can emerge from the fire as pure gold!  Ron

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The Danger of Dark Paths

On a dark path, one can lose his way. In the darkness, he might get off of the path and face danger. There might be obstacles in the path that would cause him to stumble. On a dark night, he might lose sight of his way. How wonderful on a long trek to have a well lighted path to follow. Life in a sin-darkened world is full of pitfalls. However, for one who is born again, there is a path to walk in that’s well lighted. John, being inspired, wrote on this. In John 8:12, he quoted Jesus, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” From where does this light come? The Psalmist answers, “The entrance of Thy Words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130). It’s this light that enables us to “….walk in the light as He is in the light” and to “….have fellowship one with another” and when we do “….the blood of Jesus Christ His (God’s) Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (From I John 1:7). It’s likely that these Truths prompted John H. Sammis to write, “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will he abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.” (From “Trust and Obey”). Know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Study His Word, apply and obey its Truths. More and more light will brighten your path through life. Selah! “It is glory just to walk with Him Whose blood has ransomed me; it is rapture for my soul each day. It is joy to feel Him near where’er my path may be. Bless the Lord, it’s glory all the way! ….He will guide my steps aright, thro’ the vale and o’er the height. it is glory just to walk with Him.” (“It Is Glory Just to Walk with Him” By Avis M. Burgeson).   Ron

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Chaining Ourselves

Would anyone bind himself or herself in chains? Could anyone do that? Yes, it’s done every day! We forge chains for others and find ourselves bound by those very same chains. What kind of chains are these that can entrap us? They are chains of anger, bitterness, resentment, disgust, contempt, planned revenge, etc. Someone has wronged us and we start forging these chains. The very surprising result is that we are bound by them. We become a prisoner of our own making. Of course, by this time, I imagine that you have realized that we are talking about forgiving others, even when they do not deserve forgiveness. God offers full and free forgiveness to all who have committed great crimes against Himself! This means all of us; it means you and me! Isaac Watts hymn, “At the Cross” asks. Was it for crimes that I have done He groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace  unknown! And love beyond degree! Paul wrote, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Colossians 3:13). But, you might argue, he or she doesn’t deserve forgiveness. Neither do we! Yet, He forgives all who come to Him for salvation. Selah! No one can wrong us unless God causes it or allows it. If God either causes or allows it, He has a special purpose in doing so. Forgive and pray for those who have offended you and walk away free.   Ron

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A Guaranteed Future

Insurance companies and financial counselors urge us to take steps to guarantee our future financially. There is nothing wrong with that, if we are able, even if it involves some sacrifice for now. We’ll be happy that we made the sacrifice when we find that we ended up better off later. Many smart people do this. However, what is astonishing is that people will do these things for this life, with little or no thought for eternity. We prepare for a few years and give no serious thought to “forever.” For those who have heeded Amos’ admonition found in Amos 4:12 (“….prepare to meet thy God.“), those who have received Jesus as Savior and Lord, these have a guaranteed future in Heaven with Him, forever. For those who do not experience a genuine conversion, they also have a guaranteed future. This is a future separated from God and from righteousness (all that is good, holy, pure, clean, lovely, etc.), forever! In an atmosphere of unadulterated evil, they will forever experience eternal torments. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Those who have received that wonderful gift of salvation can identify with Thomas Kelly’s hymn, “Praise the Savior.” The third verse tells us, “Trust in Him, ye saints, forever; He is faithful, changing never; neither force nor guile can sever those He loves from Him.” The only time we can know for sure that we can be born again is “NOW!” Selah! Jesus prayed a prayer for all who receive Him; it is found in John 17:24, “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory,….” Will that prayer be answered in your life? if you haven’t received Him, do it now, while you can!   Ron

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“They Shall Never Perish”‏

Guest Article from Institute for Creation Research 

They Shall Never Perish

by John D. Morris, Ph.D.        


And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:28-29)

What rich blessings Christ promises to those who “hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (v. 27). To think that the omnipotent Creator knows us and gives us eternal life! He is certainly powerful enough to see that this life is in no danger, either from our own weaknesses (“they shall never perish”) or from the enemy without (“pluck them out”). Temporary eternal life simply cannot be. The eternal life which He gives lasts for eternity.

For the rest of this article  See “Days of Praise” November 26, 2014

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The “Presence!”

The miraculous “Presence” is, I fear, little appreciated by far too many who claim to know Jesus in a saving relationship. If the Holy Spirit were to be removed from our lives, would we notice? Honestly, would we notice? It is this Person; it is this “Presence” Who performs the supernatural rebirth that makes one a child of God. He, God, the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, enters our heart (our inner being) and lives there for the rest of our lives. He is there to teach, guide, convict, correct, comfort, impart understanding, to seal us as God’s possession, to bring (activate) God’s Word to bear on our lives, to reveal Himself to others through us, to purify us, to impart Spiritual strength, to give authority and power (impact) to our sharing the gospel and discipling other Christians, and He does much more. Is anything more amazing than God’s plan of salvation that brings God to live in us? There is no Christian life apart from the “Presence.” We can’t live the Christian life; only God can do that! He makes us holy, gives us gifts to serve, produces Spiritual fruitfulness in our lives, glorifies, exalts and honors Jesus in our minds and hearts. We need to be sensitive to and yielded to His working, letting Him fill and use us for God’s glory. Jesus said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart. I will send Him unto you….Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me….” (From John 16:7;13 &14a). Selah! Think on these words from that old hymn, “Bring Your Vessels, Not a Few” “Are you longing for the fullness of the blessing of the Lord in your heart and life today? Claim the promise of your Father, come according to His Word, in the blessed old time way. He will fill your heart today to overflowing….with the Holy Ghost and power.” (Lelia N. Morris)       Ron

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Swapping Slavery

Spiritual slavery is subtle. We don’t recognize it ourselves. We are born in a state of slavery but, being spiritually dead and blind, we wouldn’t know that we are slaves. It is only as God’s light begins to break into our darkness that it begins to dawn on us that we are actually enslaved to sin and sinning. Now, imagine that someone has been sold as a slave to a cruel master. As Paul points out in Romans 7:14, we are “….sold under sin.” However, a new Master purchased us at an infinite cost. This new Master loves His slaves, cares for them, provides for them, blesses them, etc. However, the old master tries to persuade his slaves to remain with him. He makes all kinds of assurances and promises, hoping that they will choose to remain with him. Having been so mistreated and learning the character of the new Master, what slave, in his right mind, would choose to remain under the old tyrant? Tragically, many do! Jesus said in John  8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” The old slavery held sway by fear and delusion. We had no choice in the matter. The new slavery wins us by our being objects of the love of the Master. Paradoxically, when we become a love slave to the new Master, we are truly free!  The old hymn, “Glorious Freedom” sums it up beautifully: “Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters; chained like a slave, I struggled in vain. But I received a glorious freedom when Jesus broke my fetters in twain. Glorious freedom! Wonderful freedom! No more in chains of sin I repine! Jesus, the glorious Emancipator, now and forever He shall be mine!” (Haldor Lillenas). Selah! “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness (Romans 6:17-18). Have you swapped the old slavery for the new?   Ron

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