The Folly of Putting Man on a Pedestal

Now and again I have felt led to write someone’s testimony (as they dictate it to me) as I know what a blessing it can be to others to read of the …

The Folly of Putting Man on a Pedestal

CHOICES: Things To Consider

Matthew Henry:

In our choice of relations, 

and change of conditions, 

we should always be guided by the fear of God, 

and the laws of God, 

and act in dependence on the providence of God. 

Change of condition ought only to be made after careful consideration, and on probable grounds, that it will be to advantage in our spiritual concerns.

 

I AM NOT ASHAMED…

The Rachel Joy Scott Columbine Story

Rachel Joy Scott’s Faith and the Columbine Shooting

Excerpt:

“Being a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t face pain

Rachel endured so many hardships for her faith. She lost a group of her best friends because of Christ. She faced a devastating breakup because she wanted to stick to her physical boundaries.”

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

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.

SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND…

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Barnes:

That the time will come when it will be impossible to obtain his favor.The leading thought is, that under the Messiah the offer of salvation will be made to people fully and freely. But the period will come when it will be withdrawn.

if they neglect or despise the provisions of mercy and die in their sins, it will be too late, and mercy cannot then be found.

How unspeakably important, then, is it to seek for mercy at once – lest, slighted now, the offer should be withdrawn. or lest death should overtake us, and we be removed to a world where mercy is unknown!

How important is the present moment – for another moment may place us beyond the reach of pardon and of grace!

How amazing the stupidity of men who suffer their present moments to pass away unimproved, and who, amidst the gaieties and the business of life, permit the day of salvation to pass by, and lose their souls!

And how just is the condemnation of the sinner! If a man will not do so simple a thing as to ask for pardon, he ought to perish. The universe will approve the condemnation of such a man; and the voice of complaint can never be raised against that Holy Being who consigns such a sinner to hell.

Call ye upon him – That is, implore his mercy (see Romans 10:13; compare Joel 2:32).

How easy are the terms of salvation!

How just will be the condemnation of a sinner if he will not call upon God!

Assuredly, if people will not breathe out one broken-hearted petition to the God of heaven that they may be saved, they have only to blame themselves if they are lost. The terms of salvation could be made no easier; and man can ask nothing more simple.

While he is near – In an important sense God is equally near to us at all times. But this figurative language is taken from the mode of speaking among people, and it denotes that there are influences more favorable for seeking him at some periods than others.

Thus God comes near to us in the preaching of his word, when it is borne with power to the conscience;

in his providences, when he strikes down a friend and comes into the very circle where we move, or the very dwelling where we abide;

when he lays his hand upon us in sickness, he is near us by day and by night;

in a revival of religion, or

when a pious friend pleads with us, God is near to us then, and is calling us to his favor.

These are favorable times for salvation; times which, if they are suffered to pass by unimproved, return no more; periods which will all soon be gone, and when they are gone, the sinner irrecoverably dies.

Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Luke 19:41-44 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.