Archive for February, 2006

The moon

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 at 8:05 pm

The moon is a ball of dirt that reflects light of the sun.

We are a ball of dirt (created from the dust of the earth) to reflect the light of the Son.

The moon regulates tides on the earth.

We can regulate the tides of morality by how well we preach and keep the word of God.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Lying

Sunday, February 26th, 2006 at 7:59 am

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it. Proverbs 26:28

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer… 1 John 3:15

If you lie, you hate. If you hate, you murder. Are you a murderer?

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Salt

Friday, February 24th, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13

For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Mark 9:49-50

You won’t be in church very long or read the Bible very long before you learn that Christians are to be salt. Most of the time, you will hear that we are likened to salt for two reasons. One is that salt makes people thirsty and we are to live in such a way that lost people see our lives and become thirsty for what we have – thirsty for a drink of living water. The other reason we are likened to salt is that we are to act as a preservative – to take the saving message of the gospel to the lost so they may receive eternal life and thus be preserved. Both of those are good, but there are also two other reasons Christians are commanded to be salt. Salt makes wounds sting and in the Bible, salt is linked to death. As Christians, we are to make the wounds of the lost sting so the lost desire to be healed (saved), and we are to die to ourselves.

Make wounds sting

Back when I was nine or ten, my family traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida to visit my uncle, aunt, and cousins. Their backyard is next to a canal which is connected to the ocean. We were swimming in the canal and as I was climbing the ladder on the dock, my foot slipped and my leg smacked into a barnacle. A barnacle is a sea creature with a hard shell and it usually attaches itself to the bottom of boats and other submerged surfaces. Many times, their shells have very sharp edges. When I hit the barnacle, it put about a 4-inch gash in my leg. As soon as that salt water entered the wound, I felt excruciating pain. Salt causes pain to wounds.

Lost people are wounded. In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30), the man who was beaten and left half-dead is a picture of a lost man. He was wounded. We need to make the lost painfully aware of their wounds so they desire to be healed (Isaiah 53:5). How do we make them aware of their wounds? The law – the Ten Commandments – brings the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20). Keep reminding the lost about the Ten Commandments. Show them how they’ve transgressed God’s law. That will make their wounds sting.

Die to oneself

Throughout the Bible, salt is linked to death. We read about the salt sea which cannot support life (Genesis 14:3, Numbers 34:3, 34:12, etc.). We read about the valley of salt where David smote the Syrians (2 Samuel 8:13), Joash slew Edom (2 Kings 14:7), Abishai slew the Edomites (1 Chronicles 18:12), and Amaziah smote the children of Seir (2 Chronicles 25:11). We read about Lot’s wife who died and became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).

We also see salt connected to barren places – where no life is:

And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: Deuteronomy 29:23

For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Jeremiah 17:6

But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. Ezekiel 47:11

Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. Zephaniah 2:9

We also read about the covenant of salt:

All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee. Numbers 18:19

Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt? 2 Chronicles 13:5

A covenant of salt is in effect forever – or essentially until death. Back in Old Testament times, people would have a small pouch of salt they would carry. When people made agreements that they intended to last, each person would take a pinch of salt of the pouch and put it in the other’s salt pouch. In effect, they were saying, “The agreement is in effect until I can figure out which grains of salt in your pouch are mine.” A person could search until he died and still never be able to sort out which salt was whose. Thus, a covenant of salt was in effect until death.

Our speech is to be seasoned with salt:

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6

If we die to ourselves, if we reckon our flesh to be dead indeed unto sin, then our speech will always be with grace.

So many of the problems in our lives today, in our churches too, are because we are not salt – we do not die to ourselves. Too often, we let others hurt our feelings, but if we would die to ourselves, our feelings wouldn’t matter. We would see more being done for Christ if we died to ourselves.

We are to daily take up the cross. That means we are to crucify the old man every day. Each and every day we are to reckon ourselves to be deed indeed unto sin. Have you killed your old man today?

Pass the salt, please.

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by Gordy

The Titanic

Monday, February 20th, 2006 at 2:26 pm

When the Titanic was built, many believed it could not sink. In fact, the builder boasted that even God could not sink it. Those who were on board thought they were safe. Even after striking the iceberg, many did not get into the lifeboats because they still believed they were safe on board the Titanic. Many of the lifeboats left the ship half-empty because the passengers on board the ship did not believe they were in danger.

As Christians, we need to warn people that they are in danger of judgment by a holy and righteous God. We must warn them to flee from the wrath to come and to flee to the safety of the Saviour. Many people will not believe they are in danger. Therefore, we need to awaken them to their guilt and condemnation. We must use the law of God which brings the knowledge of sin and is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. We must show them they are guilty of breaking God’s law. We must show them that, as lawbreakers, they are condemned to everlasting punishment. Then, and only then, will the sinner believe he is in danger and flee to the Saviour.

Posted in Witnessing
by Gordy

Your testimony

Friday, February 17th, 2006 at 11:48 am

Your testimony is not what the devil had done in your life before you were saved; it is what God has done in your life after he saved you.

So many times, I hear someone who was saved as a child say “I don’t have much of a testimony.” That is only true if that person hasn’t done much for God since being saved. But a person saved as a child can have a testimony just as good as or even better than a person who was saved as a drug-abusing, blaspheming, adulterous adult. Your testimony is not about glorifying Satan and your sins; it is about glorifying God and his work in your life.

What is your testimony?

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Encouragement

Thursday, February 16th, 2006 at 9:45 pm

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

Have you ever been distressed? Learn from David’s example: encourage yourself in the Lord. I know the times in my life when I have been greatly distressed, it was through reading God’s word or singing some old hymns that God encouraged me. Everyone experiences distressing situations, but God does not want us to get discouraged. He wants to encourage us. He has given us his word to encourage us. We have hymns and spiritual songs to encourage us. We have no excuse to stay discouraged.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

The two gardens

Sunday, February 12th, 2006 at 2:42 pm

In the garden of Eden, the first Adam said “Not thy will, but mine be done.” In the garden of Gethsemene, the last Adam said “Not my will, but thine be done.”

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Slain by the Law

Saturday, February 11th, 2006 at 12:02 pm

God never clothes men until He has first stripped them, nor does He quicken them by the gospel till they are slain by the Law. When you meet with persons in whom there is no trace of conviction of sin, you may be quite sure that they have not been wrought upon by the Holy Spirit; for “when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

-Charles Spurgeon

Posted in Spurgeon
by Gordy

His soon appearing

Thursday, February 9th, 2006 at 12:01 pm

Consider that the ark of the covenant is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, that crossing the Jordan River and entering into the Promised Land is a picture of dying and entering into Heaven, and that Jesus died and ascended into Heaven about 2,000 years ago, this passage should excite you just a little:

Joshua 3:3-4 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

Do you see it?

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Posted in God's Portfolio
by Gordy

God has a wonderful plan for your life

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 at 2:29 pm

Seeker-sensitive churches preach a message that God has a wonderful plan for your life. These churches try to attract people with a happiness gospel or a prosperity gospel. They say “Give Jesus a try, your life will be better.” This is a false gospel. Consider these bible passages:

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

John 15:18-21 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Does that sound like a wonderful plan? Consider also what happened to Stephen:

Acts 7:54-59 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

They gnashed on him with their teeth and stoned him to death. I don’t consider that a wonderful plan, do you?

Look at the many times Paul was beaten, stoned, left for dead, imprisoned, shipwrecked, and persecuted. A wonderful plan? If you consider that to be wonderful, please don’t offer to do me any favors – I’m not sure I want what you consider to be wonderful.

The right message is not that of a wonderful plan for your life, but rather a wonderful end after your life ends. Remember in the parable of the sower there was seed that was sown on stony ground. This is likened to those who gladly receive the word but endure for a short time until persecution arises. In other words, they heard a message that made them happy, but the message was not the one that brings about a new life which can endure persecution. Becuase they were given the happiness gospel or the prosperity gospel, as soon as times came that were not happy and were not prosperous, they did not remain. A true convert will endure persecution and remain.

Seeker-sensitive churches that preach the happiness gospel may be growing rapidly, but see if they stand the test of time – see how many people stay there for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years. See how many people stay with those churches during rough times. See how many people stay with those churches and raise up their children and grandchildren in the same church. Their message has no power to overcome the world. The true gospel preaches we are sinners that deserve to be condemned to Hell, but God sent his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross as payment for our sins, and to be buried and rise from the dead. That is the only wonderful plan.

Posted in Witnessing
by Gordy