ONE THING…

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

Spurgeon:

“One thing.”

Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness, disappointment.

The man of one book is eminent, the man of one pursuit is successful.

Let all our affection be bound up in one affection, and that affection set upon heavenly things.

“Have I desired”

– what we cannot at once attain, it is well to desire.

God judges us very much by the desire of our hearts.

He who rides a lame horse is not blamed by his master for want of speed, if he makes all the haste he can, and would make more if he could;

God takes the will for the deed with his children.

“Of the Lord.”

This is the right target for desires,

this is the well into which to dip our buckets,

this is the door to knock at,

the bank to draw upon;

desire of men, and lie on the dunghill with Lazarus:

desire of the Lord, and be carried of angels into Abraham’s bosom.

Our desires of the Lord should be sanctified, humble, constant, submissive, fervent, and it is well if, as with the Psalmist, they are all molten into one mass.

Under David’s painful circumstances we might have expected him to desire repose, safety, and a thousand other good things, but no, he has set his heart on the pearl, and leaves the rest.

“That will I seek after.”

Holy desires must lead to resolute action.

The old proverb says, “Wishers and woulders are never good housekeepers,” and “wishing never fills a sack.” Desires are seeds which must be sown in the good soil of activity for they will yield no harvest.

We shall find our desires to be like clouds without rain, unless followed up by practical endeavours.

“That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

For the sake of communion with the King, David longed to dwell always in the palace;

so far from being wearied with the services of the Tabernacle, he longed to be constantly engaged in them, as his lifelong pleasure.

He desired above all things to be one of the household of God, a home-born child, living at home with his Father.

This is our dearest wish, only we extend it to those days of our immortal life which have not yet dawned.

We pine for our Father’s house above, the home of our souls;

if we may but dwell there for ever, we care but little for the goods or ills of this poor life.

“Jerusalem the golden” is the one and only goal of our heart’s longings.

“To behold the beauty of the Lord.”

An exercise both for earthly and heavenly worshippers.

We must not enter the assemblies of the saints in order to see and be seen, or merely to hear the minister;

we must repair to the gatherings of the righteous, intent upon the gracious object of learning…

more of the loving Father,

more of the glorified Jesus,

more of the mysterious Spirit, in order that we may the

more lovingly admire, and the

more reverently adore our glorious God.

What a word is that, “the beauty of the Lord!”

Think of it, dear reader!

Better far – behold it by faith!

What a sight will that be when every faithful follower of Jesus shall behold “the King in his beauty!”

Oh, for that infinitely blessed vision!

“And to enquire in his temple.”

We should make our visits to the Lord’s house enquirers’ meetings.

Not seeking sinners alone, but assured saints should be enquirers.

We must enquire as to the will of God and how we may do it;

as to our interest in the heavenly city, and how we may be more assured of it.

We shall not need to make enquiries in heaven, for there we shall know even as we are known;

but meanwhile we should sit at Jesus’ feet, and awaken all our faculties to learn of him.

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CHRISTMAS – A Poem

CHRISTMAS – A Poem

Thanksgiving’s gone, another year,

The race is on, we’re in high gear.

Black Friday, the official date,

The shopping mall, our starting gate.

So many trees, and twinkling lights,

Ah, gifts galore, oh what a sight!

The houses glow, adorned anew,

In colors green, red, white, and blue.

The stores are packed, with brand new fare,

And soon you’ll see a Santa there.

The music very mystical,

It makes one feel so whimsical.

Now clean, and cook, and decorate,

So much to do, we stay up late.

Send out the cards, and wrap the gifts,

No wonder that we need a lift.

The day has come, dinner’s ready,

Family gathered, people many.

But do they know of Gospel grace,

Dare you preach it, now, in this place?

If they’re lost, what could be merry,

Sudden death would be so scarey.

Affections set on things above,

I say these things because I love.

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His death remember, that He said,

Not day of birth, we’re so misled.

What have these earthly things to do,

With Jesus Christ who died for you?

Cathy White 2007 ©

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THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME…

1 Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

1 Corinthians 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

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DISPENSATIONAL DECEPTIONS

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Ephesians 4:14-16 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

A few days ago my husband and I had an unexpected and pleasant encounter with a lovely young Christian family who invited us to visit their church. I found the church online and listened to one of the Pastor’s sermons, a teaching on Israel and the church. He was teaching Dispensational theology. Although I am familiar with Dispensationalism, it was still very troubling (and shocking) to hear falsehoods being taught to God’s people, in what would be considered a mainstream Baptist church. 

Here are some highlights from the sermon… 

“God gave different promises to the church and Israel. God’s promises to Israel were land and long life on earth. God never told Abraham to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. The Jews will have their sins forgiven when the Lord returns to earth, when they ‘look on him whom they have pierced.’ In Matthew 24:13 where it says ‘he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved’ that is written to the Jews only, and THAT is their salvation, for those alive when the Lord returns. But the Christian’s sins were forgiven when he believed the Gospel.”

The best and only antidote for false teaching is Scriptural truth…

Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 10:11-13 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Luke 2:25-32 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Matthew 11:2-6 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

More on this topic…  here  and  here

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SPURGEON SPEAKS AGAINST DISPENSATIONALISM

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), a contemporary of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), spoke against the Dispensationalism taught by Darby…

“Distinctions have been drawn by certain exceedingly wise men (measured by their own estimate of themselves), between the people of God who lived before the coming of Christ, and those who lived afterwards. We have even heard it asserted that those who lived before the coming of Christ do not belong to the church of God!

We never know what we shall hear next, and perhaps it is a mercy that these absurdities are revealed at one time, in order that we may be able to endure their stupidity without dying of amazement. Why, every child of God in every place stands on the same footing; the Lord has not some children best beloved, some second-rate offspring, and others whom he hardly cares about.

These who saw Christ’s day before it came, had a great difference as to what they knew, and perhaps in the same measure a difference as to what they enjoyed while on earth meditating upon Christ; but they were all washed in the same blood, all redeemed with the same ransom price, and made members of the same body.

Israel in the covenant of grace is not natural Israel, but all believers in all ages. Before the first advent, all the types and shadows all pointed one way —they pointed to Christ, and to him all the saints looked with hope. Those who lived before Christ were not saved with a different salvation to that which shall come to us. They exercised faith as we must; that faith struggled as ours struggles, and that faith obtained its reward as ours shall”.

Charles Suprgeon

Devotional Classics of C H Spurgeon, p122

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HALLOWEEN

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Found a ‘Christian News Net’ post at Apostasy Watch. Many ‘churches’ are fully partaking in Halloween celebrations, and then some!

Short excerpt…

“To say that ‘we need to be like the world in order to evangelize it’ is an awesome mistake,” Morrison also wrote. “It flies in the face of numerous Bible passages (e.g. Rom. 12:2; Jn. 5:19; 17:14; 2 Cor. 6:14-16; 1 Jn. 2:15; Jas. 4:4; Eph. 2:1-2; 4:17-20; Jas. 1:27; 2 Pet. 2:20). … God’s people are to disassociate themselves from evil works. We are a people separated from worldly living to live a life of holiness.”

Full post …

‘Churches’ Celebrate Halloween With Zombies, Dancing Skeletens, ‘Haunted Hayrides’ and ‘Spooktakulars

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The following is from “Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook” that I read the other night. It fits.

October 29 

Maintain the Difference 

“And I will put a division between My people and thy people: tomorrow shall this sign be” (Exodus 8:23).

Pharaoh has a people, and the LORD has a people. These may dwell together and seem to fare alike, but there is a division between them, and the LORD will make it apparent. Not forever shall one event happen alike to all, but there shall be great difference between the men of the world and the people of Jehovah’s choice. This may happen in the time of judgments, when the LORD becomes the sanctuary of His saints. It is very conspicuous in the conversion of believers when their sin is put away, while unbelievers remain under condemnation. From that moment they become a distinct race, come under a new discipline, and enjoy new blessings. Their homes, henceforth, are free from the grievous swarms of evils which defile and torment the Egyptians. They are kept from the pollution of lust, the bite of care, the corruption of falsehood, and the cruel torment of hatred, which devour many families. Rest assured, tried believer, that though you have your troubles you are saved from swarms of worse ones, which infest the homes and hearts of the servants of the world’s prince. The LORD has put a division; see to it that you keep up the division in Spirit, aim, character, and company.

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