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      "I Think Preachers Are the Devil's Advocates Very Often..."

      Monday, February 26, 2007

      Everything that we spend our lives to get is sawdust outside of the spiritual. ...You know, this is a fantastic chapter: Romans 8.

      Verse 1 says, "There is therefore now no comdemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Now come down to verse 6: "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Now how can you harmonize death and life?

      A man called me yesterday, and talked, I'm sure, 40 to 50 minutes. Oh, he was in despair about the carnality mastering his life.
      "Oh, I'm a Christian... I'm sanctified..."
      I said, "You are?"
      "Yeah, but something carnal dominates me."
      "Well, that's ridiculous. How can you be carnally dominated if you're spiritual? This scripture is very clear: 'To be carnally minded is death!' "

      I think preachers are the devil's advocates very often. They defend sin better than an atheist. They say, "You can't get rid of sin this side of eternity. It has to have dominion over you." when the scripture says it doesn't...

      Oh, this man had one sin of the flesh that mastered him, and he could not in any shape or form get the victory over it. I said, "Well, get it nailed to the cross. That's the answer."

      Somehow preachers love to fall back on Romans 7, don't they? Here is (one of) the greatest men who ever lived (Paul)... The apostle did not finish up in Romans 7, there happens to be a Romans 8! It happens to be in the Greek (translation) that there is no difference. There is no division (chapters in the letter). That is an artificial division! Paul says there's no answer in the law. "Oh wretched man that I am..." Sure he says that! (But he also says) "Who shall deliver me... from the body of this death?" Well, if he stopped there, we'd be in trouble! He says, "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" That's why he starts Romans 8: "There is therefore now no comdemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me FREE..."

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      (You may have to click on the link to this post to view the link to the sermon.)


      Battling Unbelief.

      Sunday, February 25, 2007

      This is an mp3 series on battling unbelief. John Piper takes different areas where sin can lead to unbelief and deals with them individually. I've listened to two of them, but they are both great. Each is around thirty minutes long.

      Battling Unbelief...

      ...At Bethlehem.

      ...All Together.

      ...Of Anxiety.

      ...Of Misplaced Shame.

      ...Of Regret.

      ...Of Covetousness.

      ...Of Lust.

      ...Of Envy.

      ...Of Bitterness.

      ...Of Impatience.

      ...Of Despondency.

      ...Of a Haughty Spirit.


      "We Have to Stop Embracing Everyone That Names the Name of Christ."

      Saturday, February 24, 2007

      Years ago, I was one of the pastors of a very large church, and the senior pastor was very skinny. He was only about 6 foot something and 120 pounds; a very slight man, and I tell you that for a reason. This pastor had a shepherd's heart. He just loved the flock. He would take up the lamb in his arms, and just so loved his people. (He was) a very godly man filled with God's spirit.

      One night, there was a knock on his door at his house about 3AM. One of his two teenage sons got up and opened the door, and it was some guy wanting counsel at 3 o'clock in the morning. (The boy) knowing his father's heart didn't hesitate to go to the bedroom, knock on his Dad's door and say, "Dad, someone needs counseling." He said, "I'll be out in a minute. Tell him to wait in the living room." So the pastor got up, got dressed, and walked down the hallway, into the living room, and as he stepped in the living room, a 14 inch blade machette came down on him and so sliced him that when his sons heard him screaming they found his blood around the walls of the living room. They thought he had been killed. The man that did it was a very angry gentleman.

      The next day, a pastor called me and said, "Ray, did you hear what happened last night?"

      I said, "Whew, heavy!"

      He said, "HEAVY!? The guy that did that went to my church!" and then he said, "Fancy that! Another Christian doing that to the pastor!"

      I said, "Hang on a minute... If some guy tries to cut the head off the senior pastor, you can probably come to the conclusion that he lacks somewhat in the areas of love, goodness, gentleness, and self-control!"

      Folks, we have to stop embracing everyone that names the name of Christ and saying, "You're a Christian. You've given your heart to Jesus." The Bible speaks of false bretheren, false apostles, false prophets, false teachers, ...and false conversions.

      - Ray Comfort


      The "God's Wonderful Plan" Message.

      Have you ever heard the phrase "God has a wonderful plan for your life"? Do you think it's biblical? Before you answer, consider this -- What would you say if you were able to preach to 1,000 people in Tower One of the World Trade Center, the day before it collapsed and killed them? Would you say that God had a "wonderful plan" for their lives? How could you say that when their lives are going to end the next day in the most horrible of ways? This episode not only exposes this popular yet unbiblical presentation, it shows how it actually limits the Gospel to a certain segment of the world, and how it has the potential to fill the Church with false converts.


      "Well Why In God's Name Do You Expect to be Accepted Everywhere?"

      "There's no room for Him in the inn. He got a bit older, there's no room in His family, His family turned on Him. He went to the temple, no room in the temple, the temple turned on Him. And when He died, there was no room to bury Him, He died outside of the city.

      Well why in God's name do you expect to be accepted everywhere?

      How is it that the world couldn't get on with the holiest Man that ever lived and can get on with you and me?

      Are we compromised?

      Have we no spiritual stature? Have we no righteousness that reflects on their corruption?"

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      The Mirror of the 10 Commandments.


      The Opposite of Deny.

      "What is the opposite of deny? The opposite of deny is to accept. With this in mind, Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Matt 16:24) and "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." (John 12:25) With so much said from the people of this world about loving our lives, accepting ourselves, and just beng ourselves, thank God that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb 13:8) He will never change. He never has and never will deceive, because he came from the Father in heaven, and the Father in heaven is love. (1 John 4:7) Again, if you are like, "Well, I don't believe that. I believe that God wants us to love our lives, for us to learn to accept ourselves, and for us to just be ourselves.", well, you don't believe Jesus; inevitably you don't believe the truth. And if you don't believe the truth, what does that make you?

      ...An unbeliever."


      "When Things Go Wrong!"

      "And it's so important that you don't give into jumping out of the ring just because people don't react to you the way you want them to. I mean, if we're trying to get a descision everytime we share (the gospel), we're going to get discouraged because it doesn't always happen that way. Remember: Salvation is of the Lord. (Jonah 2:9) and No one can come to the Son unless the Father draws him. (John 14:6) So we plant the seed; God makes it grow, and this frees us up from determining success by how many desicions we (witness). True evangelism success is in you and I faithfully planting the seed, communicating the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in love - the way Jesus did."

      - Kirk Cameron


      "The Question Isn't, 'Were You Challenged?'..."

      "You know, I hear people go to conferences, meetings, and they say, 'Boy, that was good. Boy, were we challenged. Every meeting, we were challenged.'

      Well, the question isn't, 'Were you challenged?'. The question is, 'Were you changed?'.

      ...Were you changed?"

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      The Good Test.

      Are you a good person? Take the test and find out.

      (I failed...)


      "Do You Know Why You Need Entertainment?"

      "Do you know why you need entertainment? Or any of us? You only need entertainment when you've lost the joy of the Lord. When we have no joy, we need entertainment, and when we have entertainment, we have no joy.

      ...That went over like a lead balloon, but it's true."

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      It is Most Important...

      Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, AND HAVE NOT CHARITY, I AM BECOME AS SOUNDING BRASS, OR A TINKLING CYMBAL. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, AND HAVE NOT CHARITY, I AM NOTHING. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, AND HAVE NOT CHARITY, IT PROFITETH ME NOTHING.

      Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

      Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is CHARITY.

      - Paul the Apostle

      (1 Corinthians 13)


      Classic Witnessing Clip from Way of the Master


      Is Your Faith In Vain?

      Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? BUT IF THERE BE NO RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, THEN IS CHRIST NOT RISEN: AND IF CHRIST BE NOT RISEN, THEN IS OUR PREACHING IN VAIN, AND YOUR FAITH IS ALSO IN VAIN. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. FOR IF THE DEAD RISE NOT, THEN IS NOT CHRIST RAISED: AND IF CHRIST BE NOT RAISED, YOUR FAITH IS VAIN; YE ARE YET IN YOUR SINS. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. BUT NOW CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (1 Corinthians 15)


      They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll (1 of 4)


      They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll (2 of 4)


      They Sold Thier Souls for Rock and Roll (3 of 4)


      They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll (4 of 4)


      "...And Not One of Them Had a Bible."

      Thursday, February 22, 2007

      "Let me wind this up. I was reading, and I guess I read it every week or I recite it to myself, that amazing chapter that we call the Faith Chapter in Hebrews 11. Faith is mentioned twenty four times in that chapter. I BELIEVE THE KEY IS NOT JUST THE WORD FAITH, I believe the key is the 6th verse - "HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS." HE IS WHAT? HE IS EVERYTHING THAT HE SAID IN THIS WORD. And then, you know, I read Hebrews 11: "THEY SUBDUED KINGDOMS, WROUGHT RIGHTEOUSNESS, OBTAINED PROMISES, STOPPED THE MOUTHS OF LIONS, WOMEN RECEIVED THEIR DEAD COME TO LIFE AGAIN." I read that and I knelt down to pray in my office and it's as though the Lord said, "SAY THAT AGAIN." And so I said it, "LORD, THESE PEOPLE FAR OFF THERE, THEY SUBDUED WHOLE KINGDOMS, THEY WROUGHT RIGHTEOUSNESS, THEY OBTAINED PROMISES, THEY STOPEED THE MOUTHS OF LIONS, WOMEN RECEIVED THEIR DEAD COME TO LIFE."And, as somebody said this year, "AND NOT ONE OF THEM HAD A BIBLE." ...DID YOU EVER THINK OF THAT? Let me take you back to a time when God's chosen people wondered around in sheepskins and goatskins! Now we've a land flowing with milk and honey - and churches flowing with mink and money. As though God looks on the outside. Forget it! He looks on the inside. Those people never had 66 Books. And you know what, if the world lasts another 100 thousand years, which it won't, but if it did, God doesn't have anything to add to that Book. He's said all He is ever going to say to man. In my youth, I used to go listen in a Bible class where Dr. G. Campbell Morgan used to preach very often - a fascinating Bible teacher. And I remember in my early teens I thought, "One day I'll stay behind and ask him what kind of a Bible he has because all that stuff he has isn't in my Bible." I don't care whether you are thinking of Finney or Wesley or Booth, or any great majestic figure that has ruled in the church of God and seen revival, not one of them had a bigger Bible than you and I have. It's the same Word. Again, we better make our minds up whether it is absolute or obsolete. I'll tell you what, if this Book doesn't have the answer for a rotten, corrupt, stinking world, there is no answer for it. We've out sinned Sodom and Gomorra. Do you know there are 600 million Bibles in America? Would you try to guess how many millions or billions of Bible cassettes there are in the nation? Would you like to try to estimate how many seminars there are? Or seminaries there are? Or Bible schools? Or how many Gospel messages are preached throughout the nation? And that we've got 500 radio stations that broadcast something of the Gospel. Let me give you the other side and I quit.We are the most broken nation that we've ever been in history. We've more broken homes, We've more broken hearts over those broken homes. We've more broken little kids because of those broken homes. We've more minds broken by drugs, We've more bodies broken - over a million girls last year got pregnant under 17 years of age. And people were marching a few years ago, "Stop the war in Vietnam, stop the war." "No right to kill people," and yet it's estimated in the last nine years we've put more than 10 million babies to death before they left their mother's wombs (in a Christian country. My Lord, what happens in a heathen country!) Do you think God Almighty is going to wink at our sin much longer? I don't. And the legislators can't help us, and the banks can't help us, and the government can't help us, and money can't help us. Our help cometh from the Lord. And the only way is in submission and brokeness. That we get and say, many of us, "Lord, I don't have the vision I used to have.I don't have the passion I used to have. I don't have the concern I used to have," not for America, for lost souls. Lost souls first, America second.I am convinced the key is in the ministry. Maybe the way to start revival in your church is to stand up next Sunday morning and say, "Look, I want to tell you, I've had no passion for the lost. I shed no tears for lost mankind. I've so many other things I am interested in." I believe one key to the apostle Paul's life was this, "This - one - thing - I - do." He lived God. He thought God. He prayed God. That's all. You can lash him, you can't whip it out of him. He can float on a piece of wood in the Mediterranean a night and a day - thirty six hours, you can't wash it out of him. They tried to starve him, you can't starve it out of him. He'd had a vision of the cross, he'd had a vision of the resurrection power.He'd realized the greatest thing this side of eternity is to be a God filled man. And goes out and proclaims that message, whether he goes to Jews, to barbarians, the Greeks, the intellectuals. He is as at home in the intellectual capital of the world, Athens, as he is in the religious capital of the world, Jerusalem. God never, never intended His church to backslide. God never intended His church to function with anything less than Apostolic Christianity. And it's time to call the church to prayer. I believe if we were as spiritual as we think we are we would have gone to church yesterday in sackcloth and a handful of ashes to put on our heads and mourn that the Glory has departed. I can almost hear Duncan Campbell saying how they cried in Scotland, "Oh, that Thou wouldst rend the heaven and come down." You see, we've never seen God move 'til He's stopped the traffic.'Til people in the shops are singing.'Til the lights don't go out week after week.'Til the Holy Ghost is moving in factories. He's done that in other revivals. He has called us to stand in the gap.To be the repairers of the breach.To bring the powers of the world to come on this materialistic blind day in which we live and this sleepy Laodicean church. When He was on earth He cleaned the temple. I feel it needs cleansing again, from worldliness... from materialism... May the Lord help us to search our hearts as well as search the Scriptures. Help us to be honest and admit that we've failed, seek the place of prayer, and the place of cleansing and the place of anointing. May we be a vital link between His Eternal Spirit and this troubled, lost world outside. May His glory shine forth again."

      - Leonard Ravenhill

      (You may have to click on the link to this blog entry to see the link to the sermon)


      "What is a True and What is a False Conversion?"

      "You say, 'What about legalism?' Well, many Christians are afraid of legalism, but you know something very interesting? If you use the law before the cross, what you do is strip a sinner of his self-righteousness. You show him that all his righteousness is as filthy rags, and he makes a decision for Christ. Nothing in his hands he brings, simply to the cross he clings. He knows that nothing commends himself to God. Nothing in his hand he brings. He knows he is saved by grace and grace alone. So after a lifetime of doing good works, of reading the Word, of evangelizing, he still knows he is saved by grace and grace alone; his works don't commend him to God.

      But take the man who makes a decision that's not being stripped of his self-righteousness by the law. He just gives his heart to Jesus; he wants a place in heaven. He makes a decision not understanding God's holiness; not understanding grace and mercy; that he is undeserving of God's grace and His mercy. He really does think that his reading the Bible pleases God, that his going to church pleases God, that his good works pleases God, that his good works commend him to God. He is the one that is liable to get into legalism: Touch not. Handle not. Taste not. I think that is why the Bible calls the law of God the perfect law of liberty. God's law strips us of self-righteousness and frees us from any attempt to justify ourselves or please God by our own self-righteousness.

      So God's law when it is used properly does not produce legalism, it produces liberty.”

      - Ray Comfort


      "Are the Things You Are Living For Worth Christ Dying For?"

      "You see, the new birth is a miracle. There's nothing on this earth like it. If any man be in Christ - I don't care how tangled you are, if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. ....People say, "I'm saved." Well, what are you saved from? Hell? Are you saved from bitterness? Are you saved from anger? Are you saved from jealously? If you're not, you're not saved. You may have given up some dirty habits - maybe you don't smoke or do this, but is your life a new creation? Is your appetite for the King as it is for sports? How many millions of people, professing Christians, watch the... what do you call it again? Word Series! And people stay up til midnight...
      Was it two weeks before the end one game lasted sixteen hours. Those people couldn't stand six minutes over twelve on Sunday. They had to get out for the Cowboys....
      Or this morning they said on national TV, that the PTL cost $175 million to build, and Jimmy and Tammy are expecting to spend a billion dollars before they are through - God help them! A billion dollars for that junk? I'LL TELL YOU HOW TO TEST YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE - THE MORE JOY YOU HAVE IN GOD, THE LESS ENTERTAINMENT YOU NEED. ENTERTAINMENT IS THE DEVIL'S SUBSTITUTE FOR JOY. You have to pay for entertainment; you can have joy in the misery, in adversity and calamity and tragedy. "

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      How to Watch Out For False Prophets.


      Trust in Him.

      "Some of you, it seems to me, do not trust in Christ as sinners. You get a mingle-mangle kind of faith. You trust in Christ as though you thought Christ could do something for you, and you could do the rest. I tell you that while you look to yourselves, you do not know what faith means. You must be convinced that there is nothing good in yourselves; you must know that you are sinners, and that in your hearts you are as big and as black sinners as the very worst and vilest. You must come to Jesus, and leave your fancied righteousnesses and your pretended goodnesses behind you. You must take him for everything, and trust in him."

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


      The Gospel in Six Minutes.

      - John Piper


      "I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing..."

      For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (Romans 7:5-25)


      How Saints May Help the Devil.

      Nay, is it not possible that some of you Christians have helped to confirm men in their sins and to destroy their souls? It is a master-piece of thy devil, when he can use Christ's own soldiers against Christ. But this he has often done. I have known many a case. Let me tell a story of a minister—one which I believe to be true and which convicts myself, and therefore I tell it with the hope that it may also waken your consciences and convict you too. There was a young minister once preaching very earnestly in a certain chapel, and he had to walk some four or five miles to his home along a country road after service. A young man, who had been deeply impressed under the sermon, requested the privilege of walking with the minister, with an earnest hope that he might get an opportunity of telling out his feelings to him, and obtaining some word of guidance or comfort. Instead of that, the young minister all the way along told the most singular tales to those who were with him, causing loud roars of laughter, and even relating tales which bordered upon the indecorous. He stopped at a certain house, and this young man with him, and the whole evening was spent in frivolity and foolish talking. Some years after, when the minister had grown old, he was sent for to the bedside of a dying man. He hastened thither with a heart desirous to do good. He was requested to sit down at the bedside and the dying man, looking at him, and regarding him most closely, said to him, "Do you remember preaching in such-and-such a village on such an occasion?" "I do," said the minister. "I was one of your hearers," said the man, "and I was deeply impressed by the sermon." "Thank God for that," said the minister. "Stop!" said the man, "don't thank God till you have heard the whole story; you will have reason to alter your tone before I have done." The minister changed countenance, but he little guessed what would be the full extent of that man's testimony. Said he, "Sir, do you remember, after you had finished that earnest sermon, I with some others walked home with you? I was sincerely desirous of being led in the right path that night; but I heard you speak in such a strain of levity, and with so much coarseness too, that I went outside the house, while you were sitting down to your evening meal; l stamped my foot upon the ground; I said that you were a liar, that Christianity was a falsehood, that it you could pretend to be so in earnest about it in the pulpit, and then come down and talk like that, the whole thing must be a sham; and I have been an infidel," said he, "a confirmed infidel, from that day to this. But I am not an infidel at this moment. I know better; I am dying, and I am about to be damned; and at the bar of God I will lay my damnation to your charge; my blood is one your head;"—and with a dreadful shriek, and one demoniacal glance at the trembling minister, he shut his eyes and died. Is it not possible that we may have been guilty thus? The bare idea would make the flesh creep on our bones; and yet I think there are few among us who must not say, "That has been my fault, after all." But are there not enough traps, in which to catch souls, without your being made Satan's fowlers to do misehief? Hath not Satan legions enough of devils to murder men, without employing you? Are there no hands that may be red with the blood of souls beside yours? O followers of Christ! O believers in Jesus! Will ye serve under the black prince? Will ye fight against your Master? Will ye drag sinners down to hell? Shall we—(I take myself in here, more truly than any of you)—shall we, who profess to preach the gospel of Christ, by our conversation injure and destroy men's souls?

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


      "If I've Told This Story, Let Me Tell it Again..."

      "If I've told this story; let me tell it again. If you don't need it, I think I do - about a couple in the World War II in England. It is concerning a young couple, and the young man thought he was secure; he couldn't be drafted. He went along in this happiness for a long while until one day, sure enough, he got his draft papers, and he said to his girlfriend, 'I've got some news.' She said, 'What? What? Are we going to fix the day of the wedding?' 'No, no,' he said, 'No wedding.' She said, "What do you mean no wedding?!''I got my draft papers, and I've got to go the day after tomorrow.''...Oh.' That stiffled everything.He said, 'I'll tell you what we'll do, dearly, tomorrow we'll go to town, and I'd like to help you select all your wedding gear.'And so they went to town, she got everything she needed, a beautiful ensemble, all the out things she needed, took them home. He kissed her goodnight, and he went away, and he wrote faithfully every week for about three years, until the letters stopped. She began reading the old ones. She began to get discouraged. And then one day when she got home, her mother handed her a telegram from the war office saying that this boyfriend, George, ...was missing...believed killed.The girl said, 'I, I don't believe that somehow, I-I don't believe he was killed... I, I'll still hope.' But down the street was a young man who didn't have to go to the war, and he was pretty well off financially, and eventually he asked just to take her for a walk, and she said, 'Well, you can walk to church with me.' And he did this a few times, until one day he said (chuckling), 'You know, Mary, I talked with your mother and she said you did get a notice from the war office that George isn't coming back; that he's dead.'She said, 'I, I, I don't believe this!'He said, 'Well, you haven't heard from him for two years.''Well, I still think he might come.''No, no, why don't you get... look... I can supply you with everything - I've got the money, we can buy the home, you can choose the furniture - do as you like. I LOVE you.'But she kept him at arms length, and one night she came home from work and told her mother, 'I- I haven't felt good today, and I should go to church tonight, it's Wednesday, but I won't go. And I don't want to see anybody. I'll go upstairs and I'll just bathe and rest.' And she went upstairs and being depressed, she got more depressed when she thought about her boyfriend (George), and then she felt, 'Well, in the last letter, he said, 'I love you, and I'll be back to see you.'' The she said, 'You know what, I tell you, I'll cheer myself up.' So she went and put on her wedding dress, and she put her picture in her arm just like this, she was sitting in front of a vanity with this picutre, looking at him, and reading his last love letter, and then reading another one and thinking about him and reading the love letters, and getting all hot and stirred up, and thinking, 'Oh, if he came... OH HE WILL COME, HE WILL COME! I KNOW HE WILL COME!'Downstairs a man knocked at the door, and when the mother opened the door, there was a soldier and she went (whispering), 'Come in... George.'He looked around and said, 'Mary, Mary; where is she? Is she, is she ill?''No.''Is she, is she married?''No. She's upstairs. She, she isn't very well and she said she didn't want to be disturbed unless it was very important.'So he said, 'Well, is this important enough?'Her mother said, 'I think it is.'Her mother went upstairs, you know, and in those old English houses they have keyholes, where it is often said you could nearly walk through them, much less look through them. And her mother bent down, put her eye like this, and looked... 'Wha- What? What in the world's happening. My daughter all dressed up for the wedding?' She went downstairs, and she said to the boyfriend, 'Go upstairs and the room is on the left. I just looked through the keyhole, Mary's dressed, don't worry about that.' Though she didn't say how she was dressed. 'She's dressed, and... You just open the door gently, and you know when you open that door, the knob kind of groans a bit so open it very quietly and just push it open and just pop inside. Will you do that?'And he said, 'Yes!'And he did it!He opened the door and there she is with his picture, and a love letter, and she held the door open and she looked through the mirror, saw his reflection...(Did she say) 'Oh, George, it's you...' 'Oh you've come at this hour...' (No.)She turned around, picked up that long bridal dress, and then she made one step and the she was airborne! She was up in his arms, and he hugged her. He hugged her, and hugged her, and hugged her...And he said, 'You sent me a letter, and I've struck a match many times in the dark, and read that letter: I love you and I'll be waiting for you... And I'll be ready when you come... but I didn't think you'd be SO ready.'You know the book says we're looking for that blessed hope, that glorious appearing... huh? Of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Listen, there's one thing the world does not have a shred of right now - it's hope. They have no hope. It has no confidence in its own effects, it has no confidence in government, it has no confidence in money... We have a hope. We have a star in our sky. We have an assurance because he said, 'I will come again!' because the angels said He will come again because the apostles said He will come again, and the spirit's one cry is: 'Come Lord Jesus!' And if I'm part of the bride, I say, 'Come Lord Jesus!' And the last thing that Jesus said in the marvelous, marvelous book of the Revelation, is... it says in verse 20, 'He which testifieth these things saith, 'Surely I come, quickly.' And the apostle puts His name and says, 'Amen, Even so, come Lord Jesus.' I wonder what He'd think if he came back today - Nineteen hundred and seventy seven. The world drags on and the church is sleepy, and she's defiled. 'He that haveth this hope in Him purifieth himself' (1 John 3:3) He's going to keep as far away from impurity as he can, he's going to live right, tip toe on expectation, he's going to be in the place of submission, he's going to in a place of obedience, he's going to be in a place when He comes he won't blush. What does the apostle say, 'When He comes, we shall not be ashamed at His appearing.' (1 John 2:28) If He would have come this week, would He have caught you somewhere where you would be embarrassed? Would He have caught you saying something that ... 'Dear Lord, I'm sorry if I known that you were coming, I would not have said that...' Would He? And so with this, we used to have signs in the houses when I was a kid. In every house you went into whether it was spiritually sound said this, 'Go to no place where you would not want to be found when Jesus comes. Do nothing you would not like to be doing when Jesus comes.Say nothing you would not like to be saying when Jesus comes.'You know I used to think that somebody carried that card into every house we visited. I thought they mailed it ahead of time. Every house we'd go in, I'd say, 'Mother, they all say the same thing.' 'Yes, because they're all expecting the coming of the Lord. They don't want to be doing anything they would not want to be doing. They wouldn't want to be saying anything they would not want to be saying. They wouldn't like to go anywhere they would not like to be found.' "

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      Wake-up Call.


      "I Didn't Ask If You're Saved!"

      "This whole thing rings with reality. I had a man in my office, he had been to Africa - West Africa, East Africa, all sorts of places a few months ago. He just laid back, I have a couch now, (laughing) it sounds like a psychiatrist's office, he just leaned back on the couch I had there, and he said, 'Brother, tell me one thing, tell me one thing:', he's in tears almost.I said, 'I will if I can.'He said, 'Brother Ravenhill, is there ANY reality in the church of God anywhere today? Is there reality? Is it all professionalism?'These TV things are productions now. There's no instantaneous breathing of the Holy Ghost. If you turn the knob, its exaclty a group that's there last week. It starts there, it finishes there, and in between there's quote 'Bop up and down.'You don't get that in revival. When God the Holy Ghost moves, there's no pattern. There's no blueprint to revival, but there's one thing that's always there, and it's what the apostle Paul said, 'My little children, of whom I travail in birth...' For what? For you to become an evangelist? For you to become a missionary? No it's until Christ be formed in you! (Gal 4:19)I ask you again tonight, I don't ask you if you're saved - EVERYBODY'S SAVED! I say that facetiously - from the White House to the Beer House to the Jail House. My question is: ...DOES CHRIST LIVE IN YOU? Oh you say, 'Well I got saved...' I didn't ask if you got saved on a certain night and who the preacher was, I ask you does Christ live in you? If he doesn't you're not saved. (Rom 8:9) You may be good... you know lots of people turn over a new leaf, but what they want is a new life. Eh, you can change your own life - radically, psychologically, you can cancel your habits and so forth. But Paul, battle-scarred, is saying to this young man, 'Well, maybe I stoop and I limp and my face is pleated. I've endured hardness, a nightly day in the deep, a weariness in fastings, and painfulness. Once I was stoned, thrice I was shipwrecked, in perils in the deep, in perils of my own countrymen...' He goes on, but he says, 'Listen, I want to tell you, there's an excellency in Jesus Christ.' He found life! Through all his batterings and persecutions and sufferings (Paul can say), 'I got life!' "

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      Are We Willing to Drink His Cup?

      "Charles Wesley gave us that lovely children’s hymn:Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. Look upon the little child.

      Some people never get past "gentle Jesus." But Jesus is associated with fire. The next time He comes, says 2 Thes. 1:7, He’s coming with flaming angels—thousands of them! Here He is saying to these disciples, "I am come to send fire on the earth..." (Luke 12:49)

      Again, the symbol of the church is fire. I was preaching last Sunday night in a big church with a big cross for Jesus and one for the thieves. I reminded them: "That's pagan; that's not Christian; that's cruel. The cross is no symbol of Christianity. The symbol of Christianity is the tongue of fire that sat on the head of each of them."Our God is a consuming fire."

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      Can Anyone Serve Both God and Money?

      Well, now, let me say a few things about having a single eye. Professors, I speak to you at large, whether you be Christians or no. Get rid of that evil eye which looks asquint and cross way, looking one way at the world andthe other way at the cross, not straight forward at any object, but is turned here, and there, and everywhere. Remember, this is the worldling’s eye. The worldling thinks he can serve God and Mammon (money), and wilt thou think the same, thou professed follower of Christ? Wilt thou try to serve two masters who are at deadly enmity to one another? I tell thee, man, when God will say to thee, “Take no thought for the morrow, be careful fornothing;" Mammon will say to thee, “Look ahead, be careful for everything;" and when God saith to thee, “Give of thy substance to the poor;" Mammon will say, “Hold it tight, it is that giving that spoils everything," and when God will say unto thee, “Set not thy affections on the things of earth." Mammon will say, “Get money, Get Money, GET IT ANYHOW!" and when God saith, “Be upright." Mammon will say, “Cheat thy own father if thou canst win by it." Mammon and God are at such extreme ends of the earth and so desperately opposed, that I trust, Christian thou art not such a fool, such an arrant fool as to attempt to serve them both. If thou dost thou hast the worldling’s eye, and thou art a worldling thyself. Remember, too, if thou triest to do this we may suspect thee of having the hypocrite’s eye. As Matthew Henry says, “The hypocrite is like the waterman; he pulls this way, but he looks that. He pretends to look to heaven, but he pulls towards his own interest. He says, ‘he looks to Christ,’ but he is always pulling towards his own private advantage. The true Christian, however, is like a traveler, he looks to the goal and then he walks right straight on to it, he goes the way he is looking." Be you then not like the hypocrite, who hath this double eye, looking one way and going the other. An old Puritan said, “A hypocrite is like the hawk; the hawk flies upward, but he always keeps his eye down on the prey; let him get up as high as he will, he is always looking on the ground. Whereas, the Christian is like the lark, he turns his eye up to heaven, and as he mounts and sings he looks upward and he mounts upward." Be you one of God’sown larks. Be an honest lark, looking and going in the same direction witha single purpose, for your double purpose will make the world suspect you of hypocrisy. Yet further, remember, Christian, unless you have a single eye your usefulness will be entirely ruined. This has been the spiritual death of many a man, who bade fair to do good in the world, but who did not live with one object. I have known ministers preach a sermon, in which they wished to profit all, but they wished to please the deacon in the green pew too, and the sermon fell dead to the ground. We have known men too, anxious to win sinners, but at the same time they were equally anxious that they should be thought well of in their oratory, so that they should not saya course rough word, for fear of degrading their standing among the eloquent of the age. It is all over with the usefulness of such. A Christian minister, above every man, must have no object in life but to glorify his God, and whether it be fair weather or foul weather it should be nothing to him. He should be a man who looks for fights and expects storms, and in proportion to his faithfulness he will be sure to meet with both. He must beone who girds up his loins and makes ready for the battle; let him understand it is to be battle; and make no preparation for the flesh. And, Christian, if you would do good in this world, you must live for that simple object, and not live for anything else. If you run after two objects you will not come upon either, or rather, the world will get the mastery over you. When Christians have two aims they are like two rivers which flow near the city of Geneva, the Arve and the Rhone. The Rhone comes flowing along, a beautiful blue — a blue which painters give to Italian skies, and tothe rivers of Switzerland. It is no exaggeration, they are as blue as they arepainted. The Arve comes down from the glacier, a chalky, dirty white. I stood sometime ago at the place where these two rivers join. It was not long before the Arve had quenched the Rhone; all that beautiful blue had fled away and nothing but white was seen. “Evil communications corrupt good manners." If your life is made up of two streams, worldliness running in like the Arve, and you hope to have spirituality running in like the blue Rhone, you will soon be mistaken. Your spirituality, if their be such a thing, will become a stalking horse to your worldliness; your religion will be swallowed up, for you cannot serve two masters; cannot serve either of them well, and you cannot serve Christ at all, if you are divided in your aims. And then, further than this, Christian, do you not know that if you have divided aims you will be an object of contempt to the world? The world comes to despise the Church at this very period, because she perceives that the Church is not chaste to her husband, Christ. Ah, I love not to say what I am going to say, but really when I have looked on some professing Christians, a thought I do not like to indulge, has crossed my mind, I have seen them so worldly, so sharp in their business, so mingled with the world that you could not tell which was worldling, and which was Christian, and I have thought, did Christ shed his blood to make such a thing as this? Is the only thing that Christ’s redemption can produce a thing no better than nature can bring forth? For I have seen worldly men better than such Christians, in many virtues excelling them. And I have thought, “What! is it worth while making all this noise about redemption that does not redeem these men any more than this, but leaves them slaves to the world?" And I have looked at them, and the tear has been in my eye as I have thought, “Is this the Holy Ghost’s work? and was there any Holy Ghost necessary here at all? would they not be as good men without the Holy Spirit, as they seem to be with him? Is this the best thing heaven can produce? Has heaven been in labor and brought forth this mouse? Is this all the gospel has to give?" Now, judge ye, whether I be not warranted in such thoughts; and if they cross my mind, think how often such thoughts must flit across the mind of the worldling. “Oh," says he, “this is your religion is it? Well, it is no such mighty thing after all, I bought such goods at such a shop, and I was fairly taken in. This is your Christianity is it?" “I worked for such a master," says another, “he is a deacon, he is a skinflint too. This is your Christianity." “Ah," says a laborer, “I am employed by So-and-so, and he is just as proud and domineering in his behavior to his workmen, as if he were a Pharaoh, and not a follower of Christ. This is your Christianity, is it?" Indeed the worldling has good ground for saying something like it. How hath the fine gold become dim? How hath the glory departed! The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how have they become asearthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! Oh Zion? thy Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, but their faceis become black as a coal, and their skin is tarnished with mire. Thy sons lie in the corners of the street like a wild bull in the net. Thy strong men faint,and thy valiant ones fail, because thy glory is departed from thee. Would to God we were all Christians who profess to be Christians, and that we lived up to what we profess. Then would the Christian shine forth “clear as the sun, fair as the moon," and what besides, think you? — -why, “terrible asan army with banners." A consistent church is a terrible church; an honest, upright church would shake the world. The tramp of godly men is the tramp of heroes; these are the thundering legions that sweep everything before them. The men that are what they profess to be, hate the semblance of a lie, whatsoever shape it wears, and would sooner die than do that which is dishonest, or that which would be degrading to the glory of a heaven-born race, and to the honor of him by whose name they have been called. O Christians! you will be the world’s contempt, you will be their despising and hissing unless you live for one object. I know the world will pat you on the back and flatter you, but it will despise you all the while. When I am abused, I know what it means. I look at it in the right spirit andsay, “Be it so; it is the highest compliment the world can pay me." If I am serving my God, I must not expect to be honored of men but if I am not serving my God, I know I shall be despised of men. So will it be with you.Get a single solitary thought in your mind, and that thought the precious love of Jesus, and go and live it out, and come what may, you will be respected though abused. They may say you are an enthusiast, a fanatic, a fool, but those names from the world are titles of praise and glory. The world does not take the trouble to nickname a man unless he is worth it. It will not give you any censure unless it trembles at you. The moment they begin to turn at bay, it is because they feel they have a man to do with. So it will be with you. Be men, each one of you, stand up for Christ, and the word you believe, and the world will respect you yet. I met with a coachman some time ago, who said to me, “Do you know the Revelation Mr. So-and-so?" “Yes, I do know him very well," “Well," said he, “he’s the sort of man I like; he’s a minister, and I like him very much; I like his religion." “What sort of a religion is it?" I said, for I was anxious to know what sort of a religion it was he could like. “Why," said he, “you see this box seat; well, he has ridden on this box seat every day for this six months,and he’s the kind of man I like, for he has never said anything about religion all the while." That is the sort of Christian the world likes, and thatis the sort they despise. They say, “Ah, we will not speak against him, he is one of our own." And if he were to come out one day and speak about religion, what would they say? “He does not mean it, let him alone; he was silent as a man, and when he speaks, he speaks in his official capacity."There is no respect for that man for it is not the man in the office, but it is the office that overpowers the man for the time being. Let it not be so with you, tread the world under your feet, and serve God with all your heart, for you may never expect to have peace in your conscience until you have turned all the idols out of your soul. Live for Christ alone, for where your consecration ends, there your peace ends, too. Christian, you can never hope to stand accepted before God, while you only serve him with half your heart; you can never hope to enter into heaven triumphantly when you have only used part of your manhood in the service of your Redeemer. I speak vehemently when I come to this point. I do pray you my dear hearers by your hope of heaven, by your hope to be delivered from the devouring fire, and to enter into a glory and bliss, either serve God or Mammon. Whichever you do, do it with all your heart; but do not try to do both, because you cannot. Oh, if ye be Christians live with all your might for Christ. Keep not back part of the price, like Ananias and Sapphire, but give Jesus all —

      “All your goods, and all your hours,

      All your time, and all your powers,

      All you have, and all you are,"

      and you will be a happy, blessed, honored, useful man. Divide your allegiance, and you shall be a hissing reproach to sinners; you shall be a pain to yourself, you shall be a dishonor here, and you shall be held up to shame and everlasting contempt when Christ shall appear in the glory of his Father and all his holy angels with him. Charge, Christians, in the name of Christ, charge against the embattled marks of sin! But do it with one heart. Break not your rank; hold not out the flag of truce to the world with one hand, and draw the sword with the other. Throw away the scabbard. Be the sworn enemies for ever of everything that is selfish and sinful; and trusting in the precious blood of Christ, and wearing the cross in your hearts, go forward conquering and to conquer, making mention of your Master’s name, preaching his word, and triumphing in his grace alone. God grant, if we must have two eyes, that they may be both clear ones, one the eye of faith wholly fixed on Christ, the other the eye of obedience equally and wholly fixed on the same object.

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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      The Praise and Censure of Men.

      Another way whereby you may obtain increase of faith is to labor to get as much as possible free from self. I have striven with all my might to attain the position of perfect indifference of all men. I have found at times, if I have been much praised in company, and if my heart has given way a little, and I have taken notice of it, and felt pleased, that the very next time I was censured and abused. I felt the censure and abuse very keenly, for the very fact that I took the praise rendered me liable to lay hold upon the censure. So that I have always tried, especially of late, to take no more notice of man's praise than of his censure, but to fix my heart simply upon this—I know that I have a right motive in what I attempt to do, I am conscious that I endeavor to serve God with a single eye to his glory, and therefore it is not for me to take praise from man nor censure, but to stand independently upon the one rock of right doing. Now the same thing will apply to you. Perhaps you find yourself full of virtue and grace one day, and the devil flatters you: "Ah! you are a bright Christian; you might join the church now, you would be quite an honor to it; see how well you are prospering." And unconsciously to yourself you believe the sound of that syren music, and you half believe that really you are growing rich in grace. Well, the next day you find yourself very low indeed in godly matters. Perhaps you fall into some sin, and now the devil says, "Ah! now you are no child of God; look at your sins." Beloved, the only way in which you can maintain your faith is to live above the praise of self and the censure of self; to live simply upon the blood and merits of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who can say in the midst of all his virtues, "These are but dross and dung; my hope is fixed on nothing less than Jesus Christ's finished sacrifice"—such a man, when sins prevail, will find his faith remain constant, for he will say "I once was full of virtue and then I did not trust in myself, and now I have none still do I trust in my Saviour, for change as I may, he changeth not. If I had to depend on myself in the least degree then it would be up and down, up and down, but since I rely on what Christ has done, since he is the unbuttressed pillar of my hope, then come what may my soul doth rest secure, confident in faith. Faith will never be weak if self be weak, but when self is strong, faith cannot be strong, for self is very much like what the gardener calls the sucker at the bottom of the tree, which never bears fruit but only sucks away the nourishment from the tree itself. Now, self is that sucker which sucks away the nourishment from faith, and you must cut it up or else your faith will always be little faith, and you will have difficulty in maintaining any comfort in your soul.

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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      - John Piper


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      I've often asked people in counseling if they know the opposite of love, and invariably people will say that the opposite of love is hate, but the Bible seems to suggest that there is another perspective that we can have: Since loving is unselfish giving, what is selfish desire to get? There's a sense in which the opposite of love... is lust. We think of lust in only one connotation, that of sexual desire, but LUST IS AN INORDINATE DEMAND OR EXPECTATION THAT SOMEONE WILL GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. I know people who derive their happiness from their experiences of Christianity. In other words, they're not really in love with Christ, they are just in love with the Christian life. Those aren't the same thing. Because one has its focus in Christ, and the other has its focus... in self. If you're in this for what you can get out of it instead of what you can give to it, you may be a person who is once again like you sometimes were. (Titus 3:3) That's the way we used to be once, but it's not the way we ought to be now. The Lord stands by the man who stands by the Lord. If you'll be true to the Christ that you said you believe in and if you'll be true to the testimony of your own baptism: that the old man is buried in the likeness of his death and you are raised in the likeness of his resurrection, to walk in newness of life, you'll be able to take comfort though the devil oppress you, though your own flesh trip you, you'll be able to know that the Lord stands by you. Yes, the Lord stands by the man who preaches the gospel, but know this: the devil makes WAR against the man who preaches the gospel.

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