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An Everlasting Joy!

It may be difficult for our human psyche to grasp the word everlasting. Our finite minds just cannot completely understand. It is forever and forever and forever…

I am reading Isaiah and part of this morning’s reading was Chapter 51:9-11:

“9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”

Now if those words do not get your hearts pounding with great hope for our eternal destiny as children of God Jehovah, I don’t know what ever would! And look at the last phrase – “sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” What great hope we have in God’s wonderful promises!

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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in God's Love

 

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He will Help us Escape the Corruption of this World

Once we are born-again by the blood of Jesus, we continuously grow to know God more. Being saved does not mean that we are not still sinners, or that we will not be tempted to sin. We are still human with a worldly flesh that we must battle constantly. But, God promises to give us His divine power through His Holy Spirit to escape the sin of this world. On our own, we do not have power against evil, but just the name of Jesus sends evil fleeing from us.

II Peter 1:3-4 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Jesus made many magnificent promises to those of us who believe in Him. Believers are promised a portion of His moral goodness in this life on earth, and in His glory for Eternity in Heaven. As Believers, we can claim God’s precious promises. The phrase in verse 4, “partakers of the divine nature,” does not indicate that we become “gods.” Rather, Peter is teaching that to repent and believe is to enter into a family relationship with God where we, His children, are to live out the characteristics of our Heavenly Father – Romans 8:8-10 “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Through the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross.) Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” So, once we are Saved, we have a desire to live for Christ, but we still have a weak flesh, therefore, we need the power from God to help us live for Christ.

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in God's Love

 

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The Seed of Hope in the Promises of God

As we take a look at just a few of the very many promises God gives us in His Word, I am led to share a few words on the subject. The Bible is filled with the precious promises of God to His children. In fact, there are as many as 30,000 different promises recorded in Scripture. They are simple and sure! Because of who God is, His Word can be trusted!

A promise is the pledge to another to fulfill a specified act. Scripture memorializes God’s promises: by God to His children in John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”, by God to Jesus in John 13:3-5 “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”, by one individual to another in Nehemiah 5:12 “Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.”, and by a believer to God in Ecclesiastes 5:4-10 “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they. Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Christians are invited to claim God’s promises related to forgiveness, heaven, the Holy Spirit, answered prayer, guidance, comfort, and protection.

While the promises of God are given to all believers, they do carry a few stipulations, and rightfully so! God’s children must humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s will, and turn from evil in order to receive God’s promises – 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Oh how our country so needs to go to their knees and claim this promise! The fulfillment of God’s promises is directly related to the obedient responses of God’s children. There is great hope in the promises of God!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in God's Love

 

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Why we Need to Know God’s Promises

Our Pastor Brockman has been teaching on God’s promises in His Word. How can we call upon Him and claim His great promises if we do not know them? Such a loving God to fill His Word with so very many precious promises to help get us through this secular world of strife as we await His return!

Today we will look at Philippians 4:10-19 “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Paul was a great role model for Christian courtesy, and tact. He expressed deep gratitude, verses 10 and 14 “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 14. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.” Yet he also used this as an opportunity to teach the Philippians more about the guardianship and provision of God and the expectancy and contentment of the believer who would wait on the Lord, verses 11 and 14 “11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Believers are to be “content,” not with circumstances, but in circumstances. This Godly contentment does not forbid drive, ambition,or righting wrongs in life – I Timothy 6 (Contentment). Such faith was not his at birth, but was painfully and tediously developed by walking with the Lord so that he learned to be content with anything, to live above things, to be unaffected by circumstances. My Lord continues to teach me this concept still today. Sometimes I catch myself in the circumstances, whereas I did not used to at all.

My God Shall Supply all Your Need: This needs to be seen in its context. Such amazing generosity does not allow for foolish and wasteful spending on our part, while God is considered responsible for necessities. Instead, because the Philippians had been so generous in their Christian giving, God would meet their needs as well. Philippians 4:8-10 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.” II Corinthians 9:7,8 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” I have found it to be ever so true that “we cannot out-give God.” More importantly, all that we are blessed with belongs to and came from God in the first place.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2016 in God's Love

 

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“With Long Life Will I Satisfy Him”

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Part V of D.L. Moody’s Sermon “The Ninety-First Psalm”)

V. “With Long Life Will I Satisfy Him” I get a good deal of comfort out of that promise. I do not think that means a short life down here, seventy years, eighty years, ninety years, or one hundred years. Do you think that any man living would be satisfied if they could live to be one hundred years old and then have to die? Not by a good deal. Suppose Adam had lived until today and had to die tonight, would he be satisfied? Not a bit of it? Not if he had lived a million years, and then had to die. You know we are all the time coming to the end of things here, – the end of the week, the end of the month, the end of the year, the end of school days. It is end, end, end all the time. But, thank God, He is going to satisfy us with long life; no end to it, an endless life.

Life is very sweet. I never liked death; I like life. It would be a pretty dark world if death was eternal, and when our loved ones die we are to be eternally separated from them. Thank God, it is not so; we shall be re-united. It is just moving out of this house into a better one; stepping up higher, and living on and on forever. There is a verse – probably you have never noticed it – that came to me with great sweetness some time ago. It is in the 21st Psalm, the 4th verse: “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days forever and ever.” Think of that, length of days forever and ever! Do you think Moses is dead yet? He never lived as he does today, never; and he is going to live on and on forever. What does Christ say? “If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.” Never! Don’t you want to live forever? You can if you will. Eternal life is as free as the air that you and I take into our lungs. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that send me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.” Yes. “With long life will I satisfy him.”

Is there anyone here who has not got eternal life? I do not like to pass over this, and leave anyone outside the kingdom. If you are not in, my friend, take my advice; do not eat, nor drink nor sleep until you get eternal life. Then this body may be taken away, but if it is, you will make something out of death. “If our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

When a young man, I was called upon suddenly, in Chicago, to preach a funeral sermon. A good many Chicago business men were to be there, and I said to myself, “Now, it will be a good chance for me to preach the Gospel to those men, and I will get one of Christ’s funeral sermons.” I hunted all through the four Gospels trying to find one of Christ’s funeral sermons, but I could not find any. I found that He broke up every funeral He ever attended! He never preached a funeral sermon in the world. Death could not exist where He was. When the dead heard His voice they sprang to life. He will smash up the undertaking business when He comes to reign. “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth inn me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

The 23rd Psalm is more misquoted than anything else in the whole Bible. It is known in all the Catholic churches; it is known in the Greek church; it is in the Jewish synagogue: they chant it in a great many denominations, burying the dead; and armies went to battle chanting the 23rd Psalm. And yet I believe it is more misquoted than anything in the Bible. People will weave it into their prayers, and conversation, and chapel services. They will say, “Yea, though I walk through the dark valley.” They will always emphasize the word “dark,” and send the cold chills running down your back. “Yea, though I walk through the dark valley of the shadow of death.” I want to tell you, my dear friends, the word “dark” is not there at all. The devil sticks that in there to confuse believers. It is, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” What is the difference? Must not there be light where there is shadow? Can you get a shadow without light? If you doubt it, go down into the cellar tonight without a light, and find your shadow if you can.

All that death can do to a true believer is to throw a shadow across his path. Shadows never hurt anyone. You can walk right through shadows as you can through fog, and there is nothing to fear! I pity down deep in my heart any man or woman that lives under the bondage of death! If you are under it, may God bring you out today! May you come right out into the liberty of the blessed Gospel of the Son of God. Jesus Christ came into the world to destroy death, and we can say with Paul, if we will, “O death, where is they sting?” and we can hear a voice rolling down from Heaven saying, “Buried in the bosom of the Son of God.” He took death unto His own bosom. He went into the grave to conquer and overthrow it, and when He arose from the dead He said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” Thank God, we have a long life with Christ in glory!

My dear friends, if we are in Christ, we are never going to die. Do you believe that? If sometime you should read that D. L. Moody, of East Northfield, is dead, do not believe a word of it. He has gone up higher, that is all; gone out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal, a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned like unto His own glorious body. Moses would not have changed the body he had at the transfiguration for the body he had at Pisgah. Elijah would not have changed the body he had at the transfiguration for the body he had under the juniper tree. They got better bodies; and I too am going to make something out of death. (Oh how I look forward to seeing and fellow-shipping with this great man of God, D. L. Moody, when I too trade this earthly vessel for the glorified body I will receive as I am transported from this world into God’s Blessed Eternal, Heavenly City! Anna)

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in God's Love

 

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“I Will Be With Him In Trouble”

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Part III of D.L. Moody’s Sermon “The Ninety-First Psalm”) (Notes in italics are my own thoughts that came to my heart as I went through this sermon.)

III. “I Will Be With Him In Trouble” Every heart knows its own bitterness. If the troubles that are represented by this audience could be written in a volume, it would take the biggest volume you have ever seen. We are apt to think that young people do not have any trouble, but if they haven’t, there is one thing they can make sure of, that they are going to have trouble later. “Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Trouble is coming. No one is exempt. God has had one Son without sin, but He has never had one without sorrow. JESUS CHRIST, Our Master, suffered as few men ever suffered, and He died very young. Ours is a path of sorrow and suffering and it is so sweet to hear the Master say: “I will be with him in trouble.” Do not let anyone think for a moment that you can get on without Him. You may say now, “I can get on; I am in good health and prosperity,” but the hour is coming when you will need Him. (I am reminded as I type this of my teen years and the wrong choices I made. Though I have faced the consequences of those actions, looking back I can see God’s hand in protecting me from worse happening to me. Before I ever understood about what abuse and molestation does to young children and how it affects their choices as they grow, God knew, and as my Heavenly Father, I know without any shadow of doubt that He was merciful with me and that He was with me and protected me through those times. Things could have been so much worse for me with the bad decisions I was making. Anna)

Many a Christian could bear witness to this point, that He has been with them in trouble, that in some dark hour when the billows seemed to be rolling up around them, they cried to Him, and He heard their cry, He answered their prayer, and He brought peace. There was joy in their sorrow, there was a star that lit up even the darkest night. (After I was first married and became pregnant with my first child at age 18, I lost the baby. I was devastated and felt totally alone after my husband left me at the hospital so he could sleep some before having to get up for work the next day. My mother and family lived far away, I was alone. I still see the picture in my mind of the hospital room. I lay crying, “Why, Lord? My heart hurts so much, please help me.” Such a loss I felt. Then I opened my eyes and noticed the picture of Jesus, with His arms reaching out to me, hanging on the wall past the foot of my bed and instantly “The 23rd Psalm” came to my mind. I had not thought about it for many years, but had learned it at Vacation Bible School when I was 6 or 7 years old. I am not saying that I was instantly delivered of those painful feelings. Anyone who has lost a child knows that it takes time to overcome those intense feelings of sorrow. I went through the grieving process as we all do, over time. The loss will always be with me, but, when I needed a loving arm around me to comfort me and let me know that I was not alone, Jesus was there. With the passing of time, I have come to look forward to the hope I have of seeing that child in Heaven one day. Anna)

I remember being on that vessel, the Spree, when the shaft broke and a hole was knocked in her bottom out in mid-ocean, and the stem sank thirty feet. All my family but one was in Northfield, and I was making my way home, leaving friends in Europe. There I was in mid-ocean, pulled up, as it were, to look into my own grave for about forty-eight hours, without one ray of hope, humanly speaking. For forty-eight hours the burden was intense. My heart was like a lump of lead. The accident happened Saturday morning. Sunday afternoon we had a prayer-meeting, and after prayer I read this ninety-first Psalm. If it had been let down from Heaven, it could not have given more comfort. I went into my state room, and I fell on my knees, and I cried to the Lord: “It is a time of trouble; help me.” And God took the burden. It rolled off, and I fell asleep. I never slept sounder than I did that night, and all the rest of the time. If a storm had burst on us any time during the week, we would have gone down, but God was with us in the time of trouble, and the burden was lifted.

A great many people seem to embalm their troubles. I always feel like running away when I see them coming. They bring out their old mummy, and tell you in a sass voice: “You do not know the troubles I have!” My friends, if you go to the Lord with your troubles, He will take them away. Would you not rather be with the Lord and get rid of your troubles, than be with your troubles and without God? Let trouble come if it will drive us nearer to God. It is a great thing to have a place of resort in the time of trouble. How people get on without the God of the Bible is a mystery to me. If I did not have such a refuge, a place to go and pour out my heart to God in such times, I do not know what I would do. It seems as if I would go out of my mind. But to think, when the heart is burdened, we can go and pour it into His ear, and then have the answer come back, “I will be with him,” there is comfort in that!

I thank God for the old Book! I thank God for this old promise. It is as sweet and fresh today as it has ever been. Thank God, none of those promises are out of date, or grown stale! They are as fresh and vigorous and young and sweet as ever.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in God's Love

 

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