This Man receiveth sinners

Morning

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“Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well, the rain also filleth the pools.”
Psalm 84:6

This teaches us that the comfort obtained by a one may often prove serviceable to another; just as wells would be used by the company who came after. We read some book full of consolation, which is like Jonathan’s rod, dropping with honey. Ah! we think our brother has been here before us, and digged this well for us as well as for himself. Many a “Night of Weeping,” “Midnight Harmonies,” an “Eternal Day,” “A Crook in the Lot,” a “Comfort for Mourners,” has been a well digged by a pilgrim for himself, but has proved quite as useful to others. Specially we notice this in the Psalms, such as that beginning, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” Travellers have been delighted to see the footprint of man on a barren shore, and we love to see the waymarks of pilgrims while passing through the vale of tears.

The pilgrims dig the well, but, strange enough, it fills from the top instead of the bottom. We use the means, but the blessing does not spring from the means. We dig a well, but heaven fills it with rain. The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord. The means are connected with the end, but they do not of themselves produce it. See here the rain fills the pools, so that the wells become useful as reservoirs for the water; labour is not lost, but yet it does not supersede divine help.

Grace may well be compared to rain for its purity, for its refreshing and vivifying influence, for its coming alone from above, and for the sovereignty with which it is given or withheld. May our readers have showers of blessing, and may the wells they have digged be filled with water! Oh, what are means and ordinances without the smile of heaven! They are as clouds without rain, and pools without water. O God of love, open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing!

Evening

Return unto the Lord thy God

Return unto the Lord thy God

“This man receiveth sinners.”
Luke 15:2

Observe the condescension of this fact. This Man, who towers above all other men, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners–this Man receiveth sinners. This Man, who is no other than the eternal God, before whom angels veil their faces–this Man receiveth sinners. It needs an angel’s tongue to describe such a mighty stoop of love. That any of us should be willing to seek after the lost is nothing wonderful–they are of our own race; but that he, the offended God, against whom the transgression has been committed, should take upon himself the form of a servant, and bear the sin of many, and should then be willing to receive the vilest of the vile, this is marvellous.

“This Man receiveth sinners”; not, however, that they may remain sinners, but he receives them that he may pardon their sins, justify their persons, cleanse their hearts by his purifying word, preserve their souls by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and enable them to serve him, to show forth his praise, and to have communion with him. Into his heart’s love he receives sinners, takes them from the dunghill, and wears them as jewels in his crown; plucks them as brands from the burning, and preserves them as costly monuments of his mercy. None are so precious in Jesus’ sight as the sinners for whom he died. When Jesus receives sinners, he has not some out-of-doors reception place, no casual ward where he charitably entertains them as men do passing beggars, but he opens the golden gates of his royal heart, and receives the sinner right into himself–yea, he admits the humble penitent into personal union and makes him a member of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. There was never such a reception as this! This fact is still most sure this evening, he is still receiving sinners: would to God sinners would receive him.

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JUDGMENT IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

JUDGMENT IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION AMERICA IS IN AND WHY IT IS IN SUCH A CONDITION?  MY SPIRIT DOES GRIEVE FOR OUR NATION AND LIKE MANY WALL WATCHERS WE HAVE PUT OUT ” WARNINGS ” OVER THE YEARS.  YET, THE CHURCH OF GOD HAS STILL REMAINED IN HER SLUMBER.  WARNINGS AND SALVATION BLOG  DECEPTION IN THE PULPIT  HIS PRECIOUS NAME IS EVERYWHERE   CHURCH IN CRITICAL CONDITION  THESE ARE BUT A FEW OF WHAT I HAVE BEEN LED TO SHARE TRYING TO GET THE CHURCH TO LISTEN AND WAKE UP!!  WATCH THE VIDEO I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED OF THE LORD TO PRODUCE BOTH FOR CHURCH AND AMERICA!  IF YOU CARE YOU WILL “TAKE THE TIME” TO LISTEN AND SHARE THIS MESSAGE!

4TH JULY 2014 “IN YOUR FACE AMERICA” NWO

Kadosh Adonai (Hebrew) Elisheva Shomron (w/ lyrics)

AUTHOR’S NOTE CONTINUED:  ON JULY 5, 2015 THE LORD DEALT WITH MY HEART AGAIN ON THE CONDITION OF AMERICA AND I WAS GIVEN SCRIPTURE TO SHARE WITH “THE HOUSE OF GOD ON JUDGMENT!”

Luke Chapter 23   CRYING AND LAMENTATIONS

MESSAGE GIVEN TO ME WAS “JUDGMENT IN THE HOUSE OF GOD” JUST AS IT WAS IN THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.

SPECIFIC VERSES LUKE 23:27-32  HIGHLIGHTED WORDS ARE RHEMA WORD GIVEN TO ME!

27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.

28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? (EZK. 20:47 GREEN AND DRY TREE ; 21:3-4 DRAWN SWORD FROM SHEATH-RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED)

CONTEXT OF LUKE 23:27-31 CLEARLY IS THE JUDGMENT COMING UPON ISRAEL; JUDGMENT ELSEWHERE IN LUKE IS REFERRED TO AS FIRE.

Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Luke 3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Luke 12:49 “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

Luke 17:29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.

EZEKIEL 20:47 CONSIDER WHAT CHARLES SPURGEON SAID 

Charles Spurgeon said, “Decayed churches can most certainly be revived by the preaching of the Word, accompanied by the coming of the heavenly breath from the four winds.” [from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, vol. 10, page 426; quoted in Warren Wiersbe’s commentary on Ezekiel, page 197]

EZEKIEL 21:3-4    CONSIDER CHARLES SPURGEON AGAIN……BELOW IN SERMON NO.165

And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:

CHARLES SPURGEON  A Sermon  (No. 165)

Delivered on Sabbath Morning, November 29, 1857, by the REV. C. H. Spurgeon at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.

SNIPPET:  READ MORE (EMPHASIS MINE)

The text is a solemn one—”He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning: his blood shall be upon him.” The first head is this—the warning was all that could be desired—“he heard the sound of the trumpet.” Secondly, the excuses for not attending to the startling warning are all of them both frivolous and wicked: and therefore, in the third place, the consequences of inattention must be terrible, because man’s blood must then be on his own head.

PSALM 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

PSALM 91:1
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

SO IT SHALL BE IN THE HOUSE OF CHRIST (MY HEART IS SO HEAVY!)

1 PETER 4:17 GIVEN TO ME “WARNING” JUDGMENT “MUST” BEGIN IN THE HOUSE OF GOD!!!

17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  MORE VERSES ON JUDGMENT

JAMES 12:6  King James Bible
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Lamentations 3:39
Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?

Revelation 3:19
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

"Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." Matthew 27:51

“Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”
Matthew 27:51

AGAIN!  IMPORTANT STUDY ON EZEKIEL 34

1 PETER 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1 PETER 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

FEED MY FLOCK

1 PETER 5 2

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof,

AUTHOR’S NOTE CONTINUED:  THE HOUSE OF GOD IS AS A VALLEY OF DRY BONES!  THE SHEEP ARE SCATTERED TO THE FOUR WINDS LONGING FOR THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH!  THE ASSIGNMENTS GIVEN TO APPOINTED MEN OF GOD HAVE ABANDONED THEIR POST, “THE PULPIT!”  THEY HAVE GONE THE WAYWARD SIDE AND CHASE FANCIFUL DREAMS OF PROSPERITY AND FEEL GOOD GOSPEL.   HOW MANY GENERATIONS HAVE WE LOST BECAUSE THE POSTS OF PREACHERS AND DISCIPLES HAVE GONE TO SLEEP OR ALL TOGETHER HAVE JUST GIVEN UP TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT?

PETER EXHORTS THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH TO FEED THE FLOCK THAT ARE AMONG YOU AND TAKING OVERSIGHT THERE OF, WILLINGLY AND A READY MIND.  ELDERS OF THE CHURCH ARE TO BE EXAMPLES TO THE FLOCK.  IT BREAKS MY HEART TO WITTINESS THE AUDACITY AND CONTEMPT AND DOWN RIGHT BLASPHEMY IN SOME CASES OF THE ASSIGNED SHEPHERDS OF CHURCHES.  1 PETER 5 COVERS THESE URGENT WORDS FOR SAID ELDERS/SHEPHERDS OF THE CHURCH AND CHARLES SPURGEON COVERED A MULTITUDE ON THE SUBJECT.

CONSIDER CHARLES SPURGEON SERMON NO. 428 ON “NATURE OF SIN”

….nature of sin. This will be clear if you think for a moment that anything which is a transgression of God’s command is sin, and if there were no other command; the one in our Text being broken would involve us in iniquity. But it is a precept earnestly repeated by our Savior many times, it is one which the Apostles have reiterated again and again, and one which cannot be neglected without involving transgression. Besides, the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting of ourselves into His place, to do for Him that which we dream He either cannot or will not do! We attempt to think of that which we fancy He will forget; or we labor to take upon ourselves that burden which He either is not able or willing to carry for us. Now, this impertinence, this presumption, what if I say, this audacity, has in it the very nature of sin, to attempt to know better than God, to snatch from His hands the helm by which He guides affairs, to attempt to correct His charts, to re-map His Providence! This, indeed, is such impertinence, that as the guardian Scripture pushes back the intruder; it demands of him, “Are you also one of the King’s Counsel? What are you doing here? He took no counsel with you when He made the heavens and the earth, and balanced the clouds, and stretched out the skies like a tent to dwell in, how dare you come here and offer advice to Perfect Wisdom, and aid to Omnipotent Strength?” There is in anxious care the very nature of sin!

1 PETER 5:1-11 (ALSO: EZEKIEL 34:4)

1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

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 AKJV

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 AKJV

EZEKIEL 34 THE LORD GIVES WARNING TO THE LEADERS OF ISRAEL AND TO TODAY’S CHURCH LEADERS/A MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR THE FLOCK

STUDY ON EZEKIEL 34 VERSE BY VERSE

CROSS REFERENCES EZEKIEL 34

(WARNINGS TO LEADERS/PROMISES TO FLOCKS OF GOD)

CONSIDER CHARLES SPURGEON SERMON NO. 28 EZEKIEL 34

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EZEKIEL 34:7

7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

Revelation 3:20(KJV) 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20(KJV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 EZEKIEL 34:11

11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out

AUTHOR’S ENDING NOTE:

SIN AND REPENTANCE 

CONFESSION OF SIN

SHALL I TOLERATE …

LITTLE FOXES SPOIL THE VINE

ARE YOU COVERED

SALVATION IN CHRIST JESUS

WEDDING INVITATION

JESUS LIVES

Morning

NEWFLASH

“The daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.”

Isaiah 37:22

Reassured by the Word of the Lord, the poor trembling citizens of Zion grew bold, and shook their heads at Sennacherib’s boastful threats. Strong faith enables the servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attempting impossibilities. They seek to destroy the eternal life, which cannot die while Jesus lives; to overthrow the citadel, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail. They kick against the pricks to their own wounding, and rush upon the bosses of Jehovah’s buckler to their own hurt.

We know their weakness. What are they but men? And what is man but a worm? They roar and swell like waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame. When the Lord ariseth, they shall fly as chaff before the wind, and be consumed as crackling thorns. Their utter powerlessness to do damage to the cause of God and his truth, may make the weakest soldiers in Zion’s ranks laugh them to scorn.

Above all, we know that the Most High is with us, and when he dresses himself in arms, where are his enemies? If he cometh forth from his place, the potsherds of the earth will not long contend with their Maker. His rod of iron shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel, and their very remembrance shall perish from the earth. Away, then, all fears, the kingdom is safe in the King’s hands. Let us shout for joy, for the Lord reigneth, and his foes shall be as straw for the dunghill.

“As true as God’s own word is true;

Nor earth, nor hell, with all their crew,

Against us shall prevail.

A jest, and by-word, are they grown;

God is with us, we are his own,

Our victory cannot fail.”

Evening

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“Why go I mourning?”

Psalm 42:9

Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the sea of circumstances would ebb out till there should be nothing left but long leagues of the mud of horrible poverty? Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow, and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Knowest thou not that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter? Hope thou then! Hope thou ever! For God fails thee not. Dost thou not know that thy God loves thee in the midst of all this? Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in day, and God’s love is as true to thee now as it was in thy brightest moments. No father chastens always: thy Lord hates the rod as much as thou dost; he only cares to use it for that reason which should make thee willing to receive it, namely, that it works thy lasting good. Thou shalt yet climb Jacob’s ladder with the angels, and behold him who sits at the top of it–thy covenant God. Thou shalt yet, amidst the splendours of eternity, forget the trials of time, or only remember them to bless the God who led thee through them, and wrought thy lasting good by them. Come, sing in the midst of tribulation. Rejoice even while passing through the furnace. Make the wilderness to blossom like the rose! Cause the desert to ring with thine exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then “forever with the Lord,” thy bliss shall never wane.

“Faint not nor fear, his arms are near,

He changeth not, and thou art dear;

Only believe and thou shalt see,

That Christ is all in all to thee.”

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All the Lord’s promises prove true

God is faithful to those who love him

MEGIDDO

How does God show himself to you?

To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile. You rescue those who are humble.…As for God, his way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.…Psalm 18:25-27,30

Faithful and dependable

A hot morning shower, a fresh cup of coffee. The lights in your kitchen and bathroom. What would you do if you were deprived of the basics of your dependable morning routine? Many of us would start shutting down. It’s easy to take hot water and electricity for granted. The same is true of faithful love. It’s easy to take for granted the person who is always there to listen to your problems. It’s easy to take for granted the person you run to when you’re frustrated or in trouble. It’s even easier to take for granted God’s faithful care for you and your family. Every day God sustains the world in which we move and live. He provides food, clothing, and opportunities for employment. Most important, he showers love and concern on us every day. Our God is a faithful God. He is entirely dependable.

That same type of faithful and dependable love is the foundation of every strong relationship. Love is cheap if it’s given only when things are going fine. Our love for others must be consistent and dependable.

Adapted from Praying God’s Promises for My Marriage by Jon Farrar (Tyndale House) pp 24-25

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

IN CHRIST(AS PAUL EXPERIENCED)THE CELL DOOR IS OPEN!

 

 

ACTS 16:16-40
ACTS 16:16-40

God will guard you from the evil one

 

How can I defend myself against Satan’s attacks?

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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.

Ephesians 6:10-12  

Tricking Houdini

During his life, Harry Houdini had a standing challenge that he could escape from any jail cell within an hour. A small town in the British Isles had just constructed a new jail cell they thought was escape-proof, and they wanted to put it to the test. Houdini entered the cell and immediately went to work. After two grueling hours — an hour past his deadline — Houdini finally withdrew his file from the lock and leaned against the door in exhaustion. To his amazement, the cell door swung open.

The jailors had tricked the great magician by closing the jail door but never bolting the lock. He was free all along, he just didn’t know it.

Satan has the same strategy, doesn’t he? His greatest weapon is to make us think that we are trapped, when in reality the cell door is always open. Satan can’t bind us, so he tricks us into making us believe the cell door is locked.

Adapted from a devotional by Frank Martin in Embracing Eternity (Tyndale House) p 292
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

JESUS HELP ME!

MY ROSE

MY ROSE

 

All the prison doors flew open, and the chains came loose!

Personal Testimony:

The title above is in red for a reason!  If it were not for the shed blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.) I would still be sitting in prison spiritually.  As a child I knew about Jesus from Sunday School lessons and the such; as a teenager I wondered about Him and God’s creation; yet I knew Him not.  The Word had been made known to me; prayers had been prayed over me.  Yet I knew Him not.  I was still a child on milk with a longing unfulfilled not knowing all the time I was born for a time such as this!!  I won’t bore you with all the trial and tribulations; but, I will tell you forth running that in my adulthood as a mother with first child that is when the Lord God Almighty grabbed me by my boot straps and put a mentor in my life that set me on track to know God’s Word, to be among believers in Christ, to be baptized, and to serve the Lord.  At this point I saw the prison door opened and the chains dropped.  Fast forward:  We were living in Florida at the time and this is when God said in an “Audible Voice,”  “ARE YOU READY TO GET UP YET!!!”  THAT got my attention:  This is how it happened….
Typical family night, I’m giving my boys their bath and getting ready for bed.  All of the sudden out of the blue I hear, “ARE YOU READY TO GET UP YET!!!”  I looked around, ask the boys if they heard anything, “No, they said.”  I asked my daughter who was sitting at the computer in the living room doing homework and she said “No.”  Then I ask my husband and he said “No.”  The only other sounds was the normal neighborhood children getting last few minuets of playtime in before being called in for the evening.  Dogs barking, cats meowing, just normal stuff and no TV on in our house.  I finished with my boy’s bath and got them off to bed.  I waited till all were turned in and sought the Lord in prayer.

This was the night the Lord truly revealed Himself to me my brothers and sisters in Christ!  Father God on this night revealed His treasures to me and gave me my nugget (Rhema Word) for life:  My Life verse:

Isaiah 30:21 (AKJV)

21 and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. 

On this night my journey with Jesus Christ truly began.  Little did I know that He would use Prophecy as tool for being born for a time such as this.  The journey took an even deeper turn when I learned by trial and tribulations on a personal level to “Willingly Allow” the Holy Spirit to be the driver and not me.  I am here to tell you that I am still learning!  I would not be here today if it were not for the precious Blood of Christ, the Grace and Mercy of God, Protection of Christ, Leading of the Holy Spirit!  I share all of this to tell you not to discouraged or dismayed of heart in these perilous times we face.  God is control and Jesus Christ is Foundation which the gates of hell “SHALL NOT” prevail!

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Call out to Jesus and He will uplift you through your faith in Him, He will strengthen you, He will comfort you, He will never leave or forsake you; KNOW THIS.

With these treasures of the Lord I bless you, ask the Lord to keep you, encourage you and protect you and yours in the precious name of Jesus Christ! Amen

 

PEACE AS ONLY CHRIST CAN GIVE! AMEN

PRISON DOOR OPEN AND THE CHAINS DROPPED

Acts 16:16-40   (AKJV)

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20 and brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. 39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

May the peace of the Lord be upon you all in Jesus’ name. Amen

 

 

The Church Conservative and Aggressive

The Church Conservative and Aggressive

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

1 Timothy 3:15

Suggested Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11

I remember a somewhat ludicrous incident which occurred to a church in which there were great quarrellings and bickerings. The minister and the deacons, and the people, were all at arm’s length, and daggers drawn. It was determined at last that the matter should come to a settlement, and it was by mutual consent given up to the judgment of a good Christian farmer, who lived in the neighbourhood. He was to hear the case, and write an answer to be read at the next church meeting. Our friend, the farmer, sat down to write his letter; at the same time he had a letter from a steward or tenant asking advice about his farm, and by a mistake, or rather by a blessed providence as God would have it, he put the wrong letters into the envelopes, so that the letter which was intended for the church went to the steward, and that which was intended for the steward went to the church. At the church meeting, when they were all assembled, this letter was read to the church; it ran thus: Dear friend, mind you see to the hedges well. Keep them up as best you can, and take special care of the old black bull.  Now that was a most extraordinary letter to write to a church. It had been sent by mistake, but the minister, thinking it was a bona fide piece of advice, said he could not comprehend it. Some brother got up and said it was plain enough; it was meant that they must be very watchful as to whom they should receive into the church. They must keep their hedges up and see there were no gaps. And, said he, by the old black bull I have no doubt he means that spirit of Satan that would get in and trouble and divide us.  So understanding it in that sense they made up their difference, repaired their hedges, and were careful of the old black bul.  Every church must do the same.

For meditation: A church that is badly divided (1 Corinthians 1:10-2; 3:3-4; 6:1,6-8; 11:18-19) is a church that is ignorant of the ways of Satan and badly in need of appropriate instruction about him and his followers (1 Corinthians 7:5; 10:20-21; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 11:3-4,14-15).

Sermon no. 393
19 May (1861)

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WHAT’S YOUR BABYLON?

God cares for the persecuted

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The stress of captivity

 

Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem. We put away our lyres, hanging them on the branches of the willow trees. For there our captors demanded a song of us. Our tormentors requested a joyful hymn: “Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!” But how can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?

Psalm 137:1-4

Your Babylon

In captivity in Babylon, the Jews wept for their homeland and prayed for the day when they might return. But when the day of their release from captivity finally came and they were allowed to return, only about fifty thousand (out of hundreds of thousands) made the trek back to Jerusalem. Why?

For one thing, some of the Jews were making a good living in Babylon — a better living than their fathers had made in Jerusalem. Others had married Babylonian spouses and become assimilated into Babylonian culture. They had forgotten Jerusalem. Can you blame them? Seventy years of captivity is a long time.

Whatever the reason, some of the Jews weren’t like the writer of Psalm 137, which apparently was written shortly after their return from exile.

The Bible speaks of heaven as our Jerusalem and suggests that where we are now living is Babylon on earth. How comfortable are you in your Babylon? How are you faring there? Have you forgotten that you, too, are an exile, a pilgrim in a foreign land? What are you looking ahead to?

from The One Year® Book of Psalms with devotionals by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen (Tyndale) entry for November 11

Digging Deeper: For more on facing persecution, read Jerry Jenkin’s Shadowed, a novel about keeping faith in the last days. Tyndale House Publishers (hardcover 2005, softcover 2006).

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