"Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of the sleek-faced hypocrisy which is armour-bearer to heresy and infidelity."
From this morning's Spurgeon devotion.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
|"Wherefore we labour that . . we may be accepted of Him." 2 Corinthians 5:9|
"Wherefore we labour . . . ." It is arduous work to keep the master ambition in front. It means holding one's self to the high ideal year in and year out, not being ambitious to win souls or to establish churches or to have revivals, but being ambitious only to be "accepted of Him." It is not lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but lack of labouring to keep the ideal right. Once a week at least take stock before God and see whether you are keeping your life up to the standard He wishes. Paul is like a musician who does not heed the approval of the audience if he can catch the look of approval from his Master.
Any ambition which is in the tiniest degree away from this central one of being "approved unto God" may end in our being castaways. Learn to discern where the ambition leads, and you will see why it is so necessary to live facing the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul says - "Lest my body should make me take another line, I am constantly watching so that I may bring it into subjection and keep it under." (1 Cor. 9:27.)
I have to learn to relate everything to the master ambition, and to maintain it without any cessation. My worth to God in public is what I am in private. Is my master ambition to please Him and be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how noble?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
No. But many people are doing just that. That is, taking certain parts of scripture and conforming it to man's ideas. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins should we not also believe the rest of the Bible? The text below is from The Institute for Creation Research. We dishonor God by not believing all of His Word.
The Beginning of the Creation
March 13, 2010"But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female." (Mark 10:6)
These words of the Lord Jesus Christ ought to settle once and for all, for those who take His words seriously, the controversial question of the age of the earth. The earth was created essentially at the same time, He said, as the creation of Adam and Eve. Christ was quoting from Genesis 1:27: "male and female created He them." This greatest of God's creative works was "from the beginning of the creation," not 18 billion years after the beginning of the creation, as modern old-earth advocates allege.
One can understand why atheists believe in evolution and an almost infinitely old universe, for they really have no other alternative. One who believes in a personal God, on the other hand, only dishonors God if he believes such humanistic speculations rather than God's Word. God is omniscient and omnipotent, as well as loving and merciful, and He would never do anything like this. The great ages assumed by evolutionary geologists supposedly involved billions of years of suffering and dying by billions of animals before man ever evolved. Surely this would have been the most inefficient, wasteful, and cruel method that ever could have been devised for "creating" human beings. Since man's creation was God's main purpose, there is no conceivable reason why He would waste billions of years in such a meaningless charade as this before getting to the point.
In fact, the only reason He took six days instead of an instant of time was to serve as a pattern for man's work week (Exodus 20:8-11). In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ was not only a creationist, but was Himself the Creator of all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; etc.). Therefore, He is the best possible witness as to when He created man and woman, and He said it was "from the beginning of the creation!" HMM
Institute for Creation Research March 13th, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.
May we never find ourselves here. But I think that for many of us this is exactly where we are. It is a dangerous place to be and one with eternal consequences. Really think about this. Are you satisfied with the way things are, with the way society is? What about yourself and those you love? Have you given into the "that's just the way it is" mentality?
Monday, March 8, 2010
Please take a moment to look at the Joshua project for today. Please pray for unreached people everyday. This group is from Sydney's home province of Guizhou China. If you click on the sidebar it will take to the home page where you can learn more about this group and their beautiful country.