August 2, 2020
A Tragic Ending
A man worked all his life preparing for retirement. He was faithful to send a portion of his earnings to the bank every month. The day came for him to retire. Proudly he went to the bank to withdraw his savings and enjoy his time of rest. Having identified himself to the teller, he was asked to wait a moment for the bank president. After the bank president confirmed the man’s identity, he promptly turned to the bank guard and instructed him to lock the door. Further, the president told the guard to cuff the man and call the Secret Service. “This is the man that has been sending us counterfeit money.” What a tragic day it will be when so many are heard to say; “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matt.7:22-23. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;...” Is 64:6. “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Rom 10:3-4 ~GE
Self or Christ
The religious world and the world have very much in common; SELF. They glory in self and their accomplishments. They proclaim themselves and the power of their will. Self is promoted – bragged on and they are absorbed with self. It is always saying “look at me”.
Self can be described as self-indulgent, self-interested and self-exalted. Then of course there is self-analysis.
These who know and trust the Lord Jesus, glory in Him and His accomplishment! They proclaim Him and the power of His will. They promote Christ, the gospel and cry out to souls to look to Christ alone. The believer abhors SELF and says as Paul, “O wretched man that I am”. I am the least of all the saints, though I be nothing. ~Donnie Bell
Addicted to The Ministry
“I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints)” (1 Cor. 16:15).The word addicted means; to surrender one’s self habitually, or to become dependent upon, or to be very enthusiastic about. We usually use this word in a negative way, but here in reference to the believer it is very positive, “they have addicted themselves to the ministry”. Believers have surrendered to Christ, submitted to Him, His rule and reign (Psalm 110:3; Acts 2:36; Phil. 2:9-10).Believers are totally dependent upon Christ for all of their salvation (1Cor. 1:30; Phil. 4:19). Believers are very enthusiastic about the good news of God's mercy to sinners in Christ (Luke 18:14; 1 Tim. 1:15). Their confession of faith is, “He has done all things well” (Mark 7:37), in creation (Gen.1: 31), in providence (Rom. 11:36) and in salvation (John 17:2-4; 19:30). ~Tom Harding
“Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.” Psalm 54:4-6
The Believer’s Rule of Life
I left the pulpit one night and a fellow asked me, “Do you believe the law to be a believer’s rule of life?” He seemed surprised when I told him I did not. His very next question was, “How do you know how to live?” I told him immediately that I lived just as the Apostle Paul, “The life that I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). This was the rule of life for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Abel and all others who have nothing but Jesus Christ to live upon. Someone would say, “You mean you live as you want to?” I wish I could: I would be filled with the Sprit, I would never sin again, all my motives would be pure, and I would be delivered from the body of this death. Oh, I wish I could live just like I want to. The closest thing I have found to living just like I would like to is living by faith upon Jesus Christ the Dear and Blessed Son of God. ~Bruce Crabtree
CALL TO WORSHIP
Though troubles assail, and dangers affright
Though friends should all fail, and foes all unite
‘Tis one thing secures us whatever betide
His promise assures us, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
The bird without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints what is needed shall ne’er be denied
So long as ‘tis written, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
His call we obey like Abram of old
We know not the way, but faith makes us bold
For though we are strangers, we have a sure guide
And know in all dangers, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all cast on His precious Name
In this our strong refuge for safety we hide
The Lord is our refuge, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
When life is most o’er, and death is in view
The Word of His grace will see us safe through
Not fearing nor doubting, with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting; THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
(Tune: “O Worship the King” p. 1)
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