Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dust To Dust?

From dirt, to monkey, to man and back to the dirt again! Is that really how life works? If you are someone who believes in Evolution (macro), then consider these questions: When you look at a building and see the design and intricacy, do you say that it came about by chance or that it had an intelligent builder behind it? Then how can you say that the human brain, the human eye and the world around you doesn't have something Intelligent behind it? When you look at your Honda and say, “I really want a Lexus,” do you blow it up and expect to get a Lexus? Then why believe in the Big Bang? Why is there so much uniformity in nature if it was all “by chance”? Where do reason and logic come from and how do you know that they are reasonable and logical? What is the meaning of life? Is there a meaning to life if Evolution is true? Do you think that rape, child abuse and unjust murder are wrong? Why do you think they are wrong and how do you know they are wrong? Is there a standard that you use to say that those things are wrong? Truth be told, there is a standard that is given to us by God to show us right from wrong. It is the Ten Commandments. We will ALL be judged by God’s Holy Law someday. Have you ever lied? Ever stolen? Ever looked with lust? Ever hated someone? If you have, then you are a liar, a thief, an adulterer (Matt. 5:28) and a murderer (1 John 3:15). You are a lawbreaker in God’s sight and therefore deserve punishment. That punishment is Hell Forever! That’s not God’s will for you though. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died on a cross and rose again. He did this so that you might be Cleansed from your sin, Pardoned from your punishment and Reconciled to God so you can have an Eternal Relationship with Him. Repent of your sins (turn from them) and Trust in Christ! Be SMART about your eternity!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Life Or Death!

It is one thing to trust Christ with your death, but an entirely different thing to trust him with your life!

Have you trusted Christ in your death? Are you trusting him with your life?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Poetry Or Truth

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Is this just poetry to you or is this truth?

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Puritan Prayer

Blessed Lord Jesus,
Before Your cross I kneel and see...
the heinousness of my sin,
my iniquity that caused You to be made a curse,
the evil that excites the severity of divine wrath.

Show me the enormity of my guilt by...
Your crown of thorns,
Your pierced hands and feet,
Your bruised body,
Your dying cries.

Infinite must be the evil and guilt--
which demands such a price! Sin is...
my malady, my monster, my foe, my viper,
born in my birth,
alive in my life,
strong in my character,
dominating my faculties,
following me as a shadow,
intermingling with my every thought,
the chain which holds my soul captive.

Sinner that I am, why should...
the sun give me light,
the air supply breath,
the earth bear my tread,
its fruits nourish me,
its creatures serve my needs?

Yet Your compassion yearns over me,
Your heart hastens to my rescue,
Your love endured my curse,
Your mercy bore my deserved stripes.

Let me walk humbly...
in the lowest depths of humiliation,
bathed in Your blood,
tender of conscience,
triumphing gloriously, as an heir of salvation.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Salvation Is Experiential, Not Theoretical!

I wasn’t raised in a Christian home as such, though my parents sent me to a Christian school. It was there that I heard all the bible stories, memorized scripture verses and learned that the answer to almost any question was ‘because Jesus died on the cross for my sins!’

During high school, I played in the worship band for our chapel services, attended some lunchtime prayer meetings, and knew enough scripture verses to bluff my way through. But I really had no idea! It made no sense! As the scripture says, the cross is foolishness to them that are perishing!

I would get up in the alter call and go forward to say the sinners prayer. I put my faith in the sincerity of my prayer, in the preacher, in going forward, in the tears I wept - nothing! I wanted a ‘get out of hell free’ card in my back pocket in case I might need it someday, but I wanted to live my own life. If I had to sum it up I was hoping Jesus might be my Savior (whatever that meant) but in no way would I let him be Lord. I had no idea what salvation was, or how to lay hold of it!

I got married at the age of twenty and treated my wife horribly. Attended church on and off – thought I was saved. Told everyone I was. Could quote scripture verses off the top of my head – so I must have been huh! Still didn’t have a clue really what it was all about. Had a whole swag of pet sins that I used to love. I had no idea how anything fitted together. God’s judgment, my sin, Jesus Christ, his death on the cross, repentance, faith... they were all pieces of random information, like a crazy jigsaw puzzle, that made no sense and I couldn’t for the life of me piece them together.

It has been said that salvation is revelation. You know, the light goes off. The penny drops. The pieces of the puzzle fall into place. What made no sense before, makes absolute sense after!

I began to see that I wasn’t the holy, self righteous, saved saint that I always thought that I was. God began to show me the sin that was trailing my life. I saw that my fruit was bad fruit – bitterness, anger, lust, impatience, malice, envy, materialism, covertness, selfishness, you name it. I began to see that a bad tree bears bad fruit! My fruit was bad, I finally began to understand! Still more time went by and I became more acutely aware of my failings, my shortcomings, my bad attitudes, the sins I had committed against my wife, against others and against God!

I began to get very afraid! I saw that I was hell deserving sinner, yet the words ‘Jesus died for my sins’ meant absolutely nothing to me. I did not understand what that meant. I did not understand what salvation was, or how to lay hold of it. The more I tried to understand, more frustrated I became. The more I tried to work to save myself, the more despondent I became. Have you ever been lost in the woods? I have! Before long your alarm turns into fear, and the fear turns into panic as you realize that you have no idea where you are, nor how to get out.

When I was lost in the woods as a young lad; alarm produced in me a response – I must get out I started so walking in a direction – any direction. When it became apparent I had no idea which direction I was going, the fear caused me to run and look at many directions. Realizing I was truly lost caused me to panic and after some time of blindly running to and fro; I had enough sense to call out for help. At the top of my lungs I began to scream until finally I heard the faint cry of my father through the thicket. As it turned out, I was within a half a kilometer from camp.

That’s how it was with my soul. I realized I was truly lost, up the proverbial creek without a paddle, and had absolutely no way of saving myself. I was truly afraid for my soul!

I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me! He came to me and rescued me. He gave me understanding. He opened my eyes to see the truth. The pieces of the puzzle began to fall effortlessly into place. The penny dropped. I saw Christ on the cross. I saw Him up there for me. I finally understood what ‘Jesus died on the cross for my sins’ actually meant!

If you’ve ever been lost in the woods, you’ll remember the relief you felt when you were found! It is no different with salvation; perhaps more so! When Christ saved me I had such a joy and peace that I had never known. My soul found that place of rest that Jesus promised when he said “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest”.

I began to truly repent for the first time and many of the things that I had struggled with were taken from my back. The heavy burden lifted. The sentence of death commuted!

Salvation is not an exercise of intellectual gymnastics, nor is it a mere mental ascent to various creeds or doctrines. It is a meeting with the eternal God! It is not theoretical, but experiential. Salvation is tangible. It is real.

If it was never real to you, then perhaps you never really found it! And to find it, you have to first realize you are lost!

Happy Darwin Day!

To all who would prefer to pretend that God doesn't exist - all the best with that!

On this day of days I would like to send a short note to Mr Richard Dawkins...

Richard. That science of yours, in which you place all your trust, shows you that one day you will die! The bible says when that day comes you will stand before a Holy God to give an account of your life! Unless you repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ you will wish Evolution was more than a theory!

And finally, a word from Charlie himself...

No arguments there!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Interposing Christ!

While I was listening to a Spurgeon sermon this morning, as he was making reference to the interposing work of Christ, I began to think of how God might demonstrate this work to us in the heavens through total solar eclipses.

God has created the earth, moon and sun and placed them in such a way that when the moon and sun come in conjunction, forming a total solar eclipse, the moon perfectly covers the sun... throwing the earth into shadow.

Isn't this what the Lord has done for us?

The fierceness of God's wrath which burns against us like the hot noon day sun is blocked out by the only One who can step in its path and completely shield us from it - Jesus Christ. Casting his shadow of salvation over us, Christ protects us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. By drawing the heat of God's wrath upon himself Christ leaves us in the cool shade of peace, with no fear of retribution, as we stare at the corona of God's righteous judgement which should have been poured out on us! And why wont he pour out his wrath on us? Because He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!

Christ willingly poured out his life for His bride, his blood in exchange for our redemption. All those who are his will join him at the wedding feast and dwell with him for all eternity!

Maybe, just maybe, the diamond ring of the solar eclipse is a reminder to his bride that we will be His forever!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Behold, I Am Vile!

"Behold, I am vile!" Job 40:4

Sin is the Christian's heaviest
burden--and his greatest grief.

"We are lying if we say we have fellowship
with God--but go on living in darkness."
1 John 1:6

Repentance is not only a sorrowing for
sin--but also a turning away from it;
the throwing down of the weapons of
our warfare against God.

If we truly love God, we will . . .
forsake our sins,
abandon our idols
and mortify our lusts.
An honest soul cannot do otherwise;
anything short of that would be hypocrisy.

The upright man is the one who "fears
God--and turns away from evil." Job 1:8

(Arthur Pink, "An Honest Heart")