Overflow from Saturation

How many people would ask for a drink of water and be pleased with two ounces? Ordinarily, we would want a full glass of cold water. Why, then, do so many Christians try to get by with only a “sip’ of the “Water of Life?” Imagine trying to work with a sponge containing only a few droplets of water. In John 4:14, Jesus stated: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Of course, a Spirit-taught Christian relates this “Water of Life” to both the Living Word and the written Word. If we are just drinking an occasional few ounces, there is little opportunity for overflow into the lives of others. It was said of Spurgeon: “Prick that man anywhere and Bible will come out!” Let’s drink deeply and often until our overflow spills into some thirsty lives! Peter P. Bilhorn expressed well in his hymn, Drink and Live,” how much this water is needed: “Living water pure and free, God hath sent to you and me. Of the water Jesus gives, he who drinks forever lives. Thirsty souls with care oppress’d, drink and Christ shall give you rest;  Why with thirst should sinners die, since life’s fountain is so nigh? Come and drink while ’tis today, come and drink without delay; come, for this is Jesus’ call, to the fountain free to all. Come, drink, drink of the water, come drink of the water of life, come drink, drink of the water, while now it is flowing for thee, for thee.” Selah! The inspired words of Isaiah remind us that: “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). May our cup run over!   Ron

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Wisdom in Giving

I’ve talked with a number of God’s people who feel guilty if they don’t give to some organizations that contact them with a strong emotional appeal for funds. There are principles for determining if you should give, if you are able. First, check out the integrity of the organization financially and doctrinally. Determine what percentage goes to administration and what actually helps the need. Some organizations give only a small amount of money to the actual need. That is not good management! Check, if you possibly can, the results these groups accomplish with those they claim to help. Remember your local Bible-believing church comes first in your giving: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Don’t give grudgingly; God loves a cheerful giver. If you have some means to help after you have taken care of “family” obligations, choose tried and tested charities. They, too, should be “checked out.” Remember, you can’t help them all; choose wisely. Whatever you give to God’s work doesn’t take the place of praying for these ministries. Be a good steward of that with which God has entrusted you. Don’t short-change your own family, your mate, children and needy relatives. Don’t give in such a way as to enable people to continue in financial irresponsibility. There are occasions when sacrificial giving is called for. Seek God’s guidance. These are a few thoughts that hopefully will be of help. Within these guidelines, consider Lizzie DeArmond’s hymn, “Giving and loving, Loving and giving:” “Blessings, like sunshine, fall on our way, pass them on freely, O do not delay; loving and giving, make life worth living, some little kindness may cheer a sad day. Singing for gladness, smile as you go, smoothing the rough road for comrades below; make some heart lighter, some dark path brighter, lifting a burden, your goodwill to show. Better than silver, richer than gold, blessings unnumbered around us unfold; service we render, words true and tender, happiness ever for others must hold. Giving and loving, loving and giving, some little kindness do ev’ry day; joyfully singing, in His name bringing blessings to others walking your way.” Selah! Only God can  accomplish eternal results, using our giving.   Ron

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The Same Idea As Witchcraft

All human beings are sinners! There are some sins that we might be guilty of and not know that we are. There is one serious sin that all who haven’t been born again constantly engage in. It is rebellion! It is like witchcraft. Engaging in witchcraft is being guided by a power that is not God. Rebellion is being guided by our own fallen nature instead of submission to the only real and perfect authority, and that is God, Himself. By default, we are being manipulated by Satan. That’s the ‘bottom line” with both rebellion and witchcraft. This is what Samuel was pointing out in I Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”Having any “authority” but God is outright rebellion. This even spills over into our personal work with seekers. We present the gospel many times and do not put into the minds of the seekers that they must relinquish the control of their lives and submit to Jesus’ Lordship. When we surrender to Jesus, we do not dictate the terms of surrender. When He captures our hearts, He lays out the terms of surrender. The battle stops; the rebellion ends. He is Lord. When our surrender is firmly made, we discover that we serve the greatest of all captors! George Matheson understood. His hymn, “Make Me a Captive, Lord,” spells out what our response to Jesus must be: “Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free; force me to render up my sword, and I shall conqueror be. I sink in life’s alarms when by myself I stand; imprison me within Thine arms, and strong shall be my hand. My heart is weak and poor until its master finds; it has no spring of action sure, it varies with the winds. It cannot freely move till Thou hast wrought its chain; enslave it with Thy matchless love, and deathless it shall reign. My power is faint and low till I have learned to serve; it lacks the needed fire to glow, it lacks the breeze to nerve; it cannot drive the world until itself be driven; its flag can only be unfurled when Thou shalt breathe from Heaven. My will is not my own till Thou hast made it Thine; if it would reach a monarch’s throne, it must its crown resign; it only stands unbent amid the clashing strife, when on Thy bosom it has leant, and found in Thee its life.” Selah! When a human being surrenders to the Lordship of Christ, He or she discovers the greatest freedom they have ever known!   Ron

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A Functional Family

Many families today are sadly dysfunctional. That hasn’t always been the case. A dysfunctional family, years ago, would have been the exception. This is a sorry situation in our world today! It is far more tragic when God’s family fails to measure up to God’s design. This can only be a problem when God’s Word is not heeded by His children. His directions for His family are clear: ….let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (From Hebrews 10:24-25). In Ephesians 1:14-21, Paul tells us that: “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” Part of what he prays for, for the church, is that they might: “….know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages….” God’s family is to be holy, pure, loving, mutually supportive of all members, and committed to obeying and honoring the Father’s loving instructions. John Fawcett, in his familiar hymn, “Blest Be the Tie That  Binds,” gives us an understanding of how God’s family should be: Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. Before our Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers; our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares. We share our mutual woes, our mutual burdens bear, and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear. When we are called to part, it gives us inward pain; but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again. This glorious hope revives our courage by the way; while each in expectation lives and waits to see the day. From sorrow, toil, and pain, and sin, we shall be free; and perfect love and friendship reign through all eternity.” Selah! If we are in God’s family, there should be a family resemblance. If we are born again, let’s honor our Father in Heaven.  Ron

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When the Impossible Becomes Possible

When Jesus told His disciples, in Mark 10:25, that it was easier “….for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God,” they were overwhelmingly astonished. In Verse 26, they asked, “….Who then can be saved?” In Verse 27 Jesus answered, “….With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” When the spies were sent by Moses to report on the “Promised Land,” the majority report said Israel couldn’t take the land, but Caleb and Joshua didn’t agree. Caleb said, “….Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (From Numbers 13:30). What caused the different reports? The majority looked at the obstacles; Caleb and Joshua looked to God. Taking the land was impossible for men, but not God! Today, many Christians believe that it is impossible to know increasing victory over sin. They see the old nature and new nature in a constant battle, without either one gaining much ground, or perhaps the old nature as having a slight edge. Maybe, occasionally, the new nature will get the upper hand. If we are depending on ourselves this scenario might be quite accurate. If we are depending on God, we can know more and more victories and see real progress. But, you ask, how do we depend on God like that? The basic answer is always the Word and prayer. There are other helps but, without Scripture and prayer, they have little impact. On the other hand, if we are disciplined to study, apply, and obey God’s Word and to pray, these other helps are valuable. They include: biographies, books on sound doctrine, books on consecration, apologetics, fellowship with serious Christians, Godly music, books on prophecy, Bible Studies, etc. These can never take the place of God’s Word and prayer, but they can be like salt and pepper or seasoning, when we are enjoying the “meat” of the Word. The basic question is: how serious are we about the things of God? “Have we learned the secret of the Christian’s pow’r? Victory, victory, all the way along; list’ning and obeying, trusting every hour, victory all along through Jesus. By the Word indwelling, “watching unto prayer,” victory, victory, all the way along; resting, while we serve Him, in His keeping care, victory all along through Jesus. Let Him do the planning, let Him use our days, victory, victory, all the way along; yielding to His Spirit, His shall be the praise; victory all along through Jesus. Only “earthen vessels,” His the treasure rare, victory, victory, all the way along; humbly overcoming—then the mansions fair; victory all along through Jesus. Victory, victory, all the way along, lift Immanuel’s banner, marching on with song; Christ shall keep His kingdom, right shall conquer wrong: victory through Jesus, all the way along.” (“Victory All the Way Along, “- By Eliza E. Hewitt). Selah! Consecration makes strong demands and gives blessed rewards!   Ron

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What is “Worldliness?”

I‘m not sure how much this term is understood by many Christians. Some see it as little more than a list of things that Christians should not do, should not be, and places they should not go. There is some value to such a list of standards, unless these are imposed on people in some external way without them being Scripturally prompted, “personal” convictions. A certain set of standards (which can vary from group to group or church to church) is not the way to escape “worldliness.” “Worldliness” is more a matter of the spirit than a set of standards. God’s will is that we be separated  (sanctified; set apart) to Him and from the things that are “part and parcel” of this “fallen” world’s values, attitudes, desires and defiling conduct. However, His way is not simply external conformity; it is a matter of the heart! There is not room in a Christian’s heart to love the things of the world and also to love the things of God. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15). “….Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.” (From Luke 10:27). My point is that, if we truly love God, we love His values, standards, holiness, etc. The world’s ways would defile, damage and destroy, and leave our hearts “cold” toward God. Constant application of the Word of God to a heart that loves Him, decreases and dissolves our love for “worldliness.” We crave purity of heart, becoming more and more transfixed with the “magnificent Obsession.” In Psalm 42:1-2, the Psalmist describes a heart wrapped up in God: “…. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God….” Fanny Crosby experienced this! Consider the words of her hymn, “Give Me Jesus:” “Take the world, but give me Jesus, all its joys are but a name; but His love abideth ever, through eternal years the same. Take the world, but give me Jesus, sweetest comfort of my soul; with my Savior watching o’er me, I can sing though billows roll. Take the world, but give me Jesus, let me view His constant smile; then throughout my pilgrim journey Light will cheer me all the while. Take the world, but give me Jesus; in His cross my trust shall be, till, with clearer, brighter vision, face to face my Lord I see. Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love! Oh, the fullness of redemption, pledge of endless life above!” Selah! May God capture our love completely, as our hearts come to realize more and more of the magnitude of His love for us!  Ron

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Why Satan Hates the Child of God

Guest Article-By A. W. Tozer-8/18/16

Why Satan Hates the Child of God-“As we move farther on and mount higher up in the Christian life we may expect to encounter greater difficulties in the way and meet increased hostility from the enemy of our souls. Though this is seldom presented to Christians as a fact of life it is a very solid fact indeed as every experienced Christian knows, and one we shall learn how to handle or stumble over to our own undoing. Satan hates the true Christian for several reasons. One is that God loves him, and whatever is loved by God is sure to be hated by the devil. Another is that the Christian, being a child of God, bears a family resemblance to the Father and to the household of faith. Satan’s ancient jealousy has not abated nor his hatred for God diminished in the slightest. Whatever reminds him of God is without other reason the object of his malignant hate. A third reason is that a true Christian is a former slave who has escaped from the galley, and Satan cannot forgive him for this affront. A fourth reason is that a praying Christian is a constant threat to the stability of Satan’s government. The Christian is a holy rebel loose in the world with access to the throne of God. Satan never knows from what direction the danger will come. Who knows when another Elijah will arise, or another Daniel? or a Luther or a Booth? Who knows when an Edwards or a Finney may go in and liberate a whole town or countryside by the preaching of the Word and prayer? Such a danger is too great to tolerate, so Satan gets to the new convert as early as possible to prevent his becoming too formidable a foe.” A verse that speaks to this is found in I Peter 5:8-9: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith.” Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress,” has some stanzas that especially speak to this article: “A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe does seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing. You ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth His name, from age to age the same; and He must win the battle and though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God has willed His truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.” Selah! God equips us to resist, by faithful study of His Word, as we believe it, apply it, and obey it.  Ron

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