Look unto Me
The Lord says, “Look to me, I am the author and the finisher of your faith.” Shall we begin in the Spirit and attempt to finish this journey in the flesh? Brothers and sisters, if you would join this ancient army, this kingdom that was and is and is to come, if you would march in lockstep with Gideon and with David and with Joshua, if you would run towards Goliath, if you would take on ten thousand and slay them all, if you would kneel down in the arena of life as the lions approach, if you would take your place with the heroes of faith then it is high time that we take our eyes of of ourselves and look up, look up to the cross of Calvary. Brothers and sisters, when I look up I see humility. I see my Lord humbled and naked for the whole world to see. Nothing hidden. When I look up I see justice. I see sin condemned. Oh brothers and sisters when I look up I see mercy . Mercy for me, mercy for me, mercy for me. I do not see my own condemnation, I see my Jesus. Yes, I see Jesus. There is therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.Oh what a glorious freedom. Free indeed, free indeed , free indeed. Free indeed to stand and fight. To battle even unto death, with my fellow freed men. I pray today that those whom the Son has set free will push the doors of their captivity of wretchedness, that they would realize their freedom, that they would reckon their freedom and walk out of their cells into the glorious sunlight of no condemnation and join the Lord’s army in these the final days of the battle, one more battle in the war that is already won.
Oh what joy we have in Christ! Ponder, pray through and take joy in what God has done for the true Christian.
“How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.” Psalm 65:4 NASB
We will not have the true joy of Christ in prosperity, money, fame, works, no, only in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh how wonderful it is for those whom God has choosen and adopted into His family.
Praises be to the King of kings!
Whitney Houston – a child of God?
It’s all over the news; so was Whitney Houston a child of the living God? This is the wrong question. Instead we need to be asking ourselves, “Am I, right now, and in reality, a child of the living God?” You see, a simple answer about Whitney Houston can leave a person with a false sense of eternal security. Concentrating on Whitney could very well be another step whereby justification and continuation of willful sin against God is allowed to rage forward in your life. Vaguely thinking of Whitney as having a right standing with God may very well condemn a person to hell through the continuation of disobedience to the Son of God (John 3:36b).
First of all, the focus about eternal life should be answered, and this biblically, in us first. If we can think of Whitney’s life as being right with God, then we stand justifying our life based off of hers. Our eternally life is based off the redemptive purchase of Jesus Christ’s propitiation (a freely given grace that paid for the unrighteous sin of man and made right our guilt that was justly deserving of death, thereby making a person right with God – Christ stood in our guilty law place) upon the cross, not based off of Whitney. After all, she has now passed on and her life has nothing to do with your current standing with Almighty God.
Here we must take heed. See what Jesus (The Author and Perfecter of True Christian faith) said in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (NASB)
Are you a child of God today? If so, by what biblical evidence do you have to support your claim? What reality and power of God has and is upon your life? If you are not a child of the Creator today, then what assurance of salvation do you have for tomorrow? As yourself the difficult questions.
We may never know if Whitney stood before Christ and was cast off forever or welcomed into the kingdom of heaven. There are many Scriptures that can assure us or convict us of our standing with God. What matters today is whether you and I are living our lives in such a way, and this starting deep within the reality of a converted soul, that honors Jesus Christ and glorifies the holy name of God. What matters now is that we see to it that we are not living as hypocrites who fulfill Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-23.
-Jeremy B. Strang – Author of, Christian – A Dangerous Title to Claim