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From the Poem: Which Path Are You On

via Snippet of The Day 07.16.17 — CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

May
18

Terms of the new covenant, the law no longer exists in the form of a written code apart from Jesus. God’s law, in its spirit and intent, exists in Christ alone. He is greater than the law. The law kills, but the Spirit, which we receive by faith in Christ, gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). Fulfilling the law is through trusting him rather than obedience to an external written code.

Our spiritual connection with God is based on a personal relationship with Christ, not on obedience to an impersonal list of rules. Living faith can be to Jesus Christ only, because salvation is through him.

BORROWED FROM AN ARTICLE UNKNOWN!!

Apr
30

1 Kings 21:1-22:14 – We read of human sin and divine judgment (21:1-4,15-16,20-24). There is also something else here: the mercy of God – ‘Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days…’(29). The judgment of God will come – but not yet. It is held back by […]

via 30th April: 1 Kings 21-22 – The mercy of God — Praying Through God’s Word

Apr
22

LAST DAYS COMMENT,,,,Second Timothy 3:1–4 gives us a clear picture of the state of the world before Jesus comes and most likely also describes the world in the days of Noah. That verse says, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” It is becoming increasingly obvious that, to understand what the world was like in the days of Noah, we only need to watch the evening news.

(It will become so evil no one will need the HOLY SPIRIT. BESIDES?  he probably has already left the earth with the RAPTURE,,,MHO..}

Oct
18

THE GRACE OF GOD”

“…by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. “ -Ephesians 2:8

CONSIDER AFRESH the often asked question on the above text: “What is referred to by the last phrase, “it is the gift of God?” Does the apostle teach that grace is the gift of God, or does he say it is salvation, or perhaps that faith is the gift of God?

Look first at the word ‘grace.’ Aside from the Apostle James’ reference to a flower’s vanished glory, both ‘grace’ and ‘favor’ in the New Testament King James Version are always a translation of the same Greek word, charis (khar’ece, Strong #5485). Its first definition in Strong’s Greek Lexicon is “graciousness,…of manner or act.” And it is of interest to note that Webster’s Ninth Collegiate Dictionary puts as its first definition of grace, “unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification.” So grace is favor, “unmerited favor.”

Salvation by Grace

Grace is, therefore, God’s unmerited favor – His goodness toward those who have no claim on, nor reason to expect, divine favor. The principal manifestation of God’s grace has heen in the form of a gift. We think the apostle meant that salvation is “the gift of God,” or, as emphatically put in the Greek, “of God is it the gift.” Salvation is not our achievement, but it is a gift from God. That truth is made stronger by contrast. It is ‘not of ourselves’ and “not of works.” Salvation is indeed the most extraordinary expression of God’s grace.

Salvation is of divine origin. But it is not anything that God was bound to arrange by the necessity of His nature. It is the result of His gracious will. Had it not been for His good pleasure, salvation would never have come. “By grace are ye saved.” The Greek grammar denotes not the act of being saved, but the fact of having been saved. God’s grace rather than human merit is the source of the whole arrangement. We are saved gratuitously. Salvation is a gift; it is not earned.

Faith

But what about faith? We inquire into this because, other than the clearly stated gift of miraculously-conferred faith (1 Cor. 12:9), some suggest that it is faith which “is the gift of God.” Certainly faith is a received quality. It is among blessings which answer to Paul’s rhetorical question, “what has thou that thou didst not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7) But the elements of character which please God, among which is faith, as well as the temporal possessions and necessities held by Jesus’ disciples, are generally attained through conscious effort. They are ‘received’ through our cooperation amidst God’s overruling Providences.

Faith, wherever present, exists in the mind, and it is generated by the holy spirit’s influence of light and peace. Faith, in common with every other Christian virtue, exists in the heart that has responded to spiritual influences. Paul wrote that “all [men] have not faith.” (2 Thes. 3:2) That does not suggest, however, that those who have faith received it as “the gift of God” as though an answer to our question. It is one’s own mind and being that believes. It is not possible for God to believe for man, and convey that belief as a gift. The apostle wrote, rather, that “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. “-Rom. 10:17

Paul understood that faith is built and constructed; it grows and enlarges. He encouraged believers to increase in faith: “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” (2 Thes. 1:3) ‘Soundness of faith’ comes through hearing, thinking, learning and trusting, and sometimes by victory following rebuke.-Titus 1:13

h. The gospel promises salvation, full and free. God’s loving mercy is the “good news” message to the sin-sick and weary-salvation offered freely to all, without money and without price.-Isa. 55:1-3

A living and active love for God expands with one’s enlarging appreciation of His unmerited favor in the great salvation. “We love Him, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) And when we come to love God and our Lord Jesus, we come to love those who are of the same mind. We grow in loving sympathy for our brethren in their fight of faith. And we come to love all mankind, so loved by God as to send His only begotten Son to suffer cruel death, the price of human redemption.

Gifts from God

Jesus was sent to “save his people from their sins. ” (Mat. 1:21) He came to save from death, which is caused by sin. The saved thus have eternal life.  “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He that hath [belief in] the Son hath life; and he that hath not [belief in] the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:11,12) By God’s grace, salvation life is free as a gift through faith.

Christ our Lord.”  – Rom.6.23

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Feb
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  1. love your lord with all your heart people.love all the [ neighbors the same
  2. Make Jesus the lord of your life. His father watched him die on the cross for all who beleve in, himfor ever lasting life.

Jesus Christ is the one, to be able to walk and talk with the HEAVENLY Father.

Feb
15

David’s Plea for Forgiveness

“Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities” (v. 9).- Psalm 51:1–9

Repentance for sin and serving Christ go hand in hand, such that you cannot repent for sin unless you are a servant of Christ, and you cannot serve Christ unless you repent for sin. Generations of Christians have understood this, for the first command our Savior ever gave was, “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). And throughout all generations, believers have turned to Psalm 51 for assistance in expressing their repentance to the Lord.

As the superscript to Psalm 51 tells us, this psalm was prompted by David’s response “when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” When the words of God came to David through the prophet Nathan, David turned from his sin (2 Sam. 12:1–15a). This is in keeping with how the Lord works faith in our hearts. Just as faith comes by the hearing of the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), so does repentance, for repentance is inseparable from faith. We must turn from sin in repentance unto Christ in faith. Moreover, that David, God’s chosen king, was required to heed God’s revelation through an old covenant prophet means we have no excuse for ignoring God’s command to repent given by Jesus the Messiah. Augustine of Hippo comments on today’s passage, “An exalted king heard a prophet, let His humble people hear Christ.”

As far as David’s prayer of repentance itself, we should notice the way that he casts himself wholly on the mercy of our Creator. David does not approach God arrogantly or demand pardon as if it were somehow owed to Him. Instead, he casts himself on the “abundant mercy” of the Lord (Ps. 51:1). Even though David has fallen far, he has not forgotten God’s covenant promise to forgive His repentant people. Indeed, he seeks refuge in the Lord’s revelation of His character as the “God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6). David does not run away from God after having sinned; rather, He runs to the Lord. He well understands that since his sin is chiefly against his Maker, his only hope for restoration is from God Himself (Ps. 51:4).

David’s sin prompts him to consider the depth of his depravity. His act with Bathsheba was no accident, and he could not excuse it as a momentary lapse in judgment. Instead, it was born out of his innate depravity (v. 5). David sinned because he was a sinner, just as all of us sin because we are born into this world fallen. Our only hope is for the Lord to cleanse us not only of our particular sins, but of our fallenness in Adam.

Coram Deo

Christians are new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), but that does not mean that we have been completely renewed. We still contend with the remnants of our fallenness, and the presence of sin will be with us until it is removed in our glorification. Thus, in our repentance, we should be asking the Lord to forgive not only our particular sins but also to cleanse our hearts and transform our affections. Let us do so this very day in humble reliance on His mercy.

Passages for Further Study

Psalm 130:3–4
Proverbs 28:13
Acts 10:43
1 John 1:8–9

First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy.

Feb
15

meanlittleboy2

Resource with John Piper

Topic: Faith

The following is an edited transcription of the audio.

If I believe that Jesus is the Son of God the same way that I believe that Vladimir Putin is the leader of Russia, have I fulfilled the conditions needed to be saved? Or is there more to belief than that?

We know that it doesn’t fulfill the conditions, because the devil believes it. And we know that the devil believes it because when Jesus came into the world and began to confront the demonic powers of the Devil, they said out loud, “We know who you are. You are the holy one of God. You are the Son of God.” So the Devil is absolutely orthodox in his belief in the incarnation of the Son of God in Jesus Christ. To believe in orthodox Christology is not to be saved. The Devil is very…

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Feb
15

The only way to God is his son Jesus Christ?

Feb
14

Someday You Will Read or Hear That Billy Graham Didn’t Really Say That The quote that went viral after Graham’s death actually came from D. L. Moody—but he probably wouldn’t mind. CALEB LINDGREN| FEBRUARY 21, 2018 Someday You Will Read or Hear That Billy Graham Didn’t Really Say That Image: Getty Images In the wake of Billy Graham’s death, many have recalled the evangelist’s most pithy phrases and memorable lines in posts across social media. The onslaught of quotes comes as a fitting homage to a man who was known for his words, which brought the good news of the gospel to millions. [Read CT’s special tribute issue.] Current Issue Church’s Bible LegacySubscriber access onlyCan Anger at God Be Righteous?Subscriber access onlyWho Owns a Woman’s Body? Not Who You Think.Subscriber access only Free Newsletters Get the best from CT editors, delivered straight to your inbox!Stay informed with updates from CT Direct, CT Weekly, CT Women, Books & Culture and Gallireport newsletters Email Address submit MORE NEWSLETTERS The most viral quotation from the late preacher—at one point shared every 15 seconds on Twitter—addresses Graham’s own view of his death: Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God. It’s a stirring remark that captures the heart of the evangelist’s life and message—his focus on the gospel and his confidence in eternity. No wonder denominational leaders, commentators, Christian musicians, evangelists, reality TV stars, pastors, and thousands of others posted this popular quote attributed to Graham after his death. The saying makes for a particularly apt tribute given that Graham, the most prominent preacher and evangelist of the 20th century, actually adapted it from the most prominent preacher and evangelist of the 19th century, Dwight L. Moody. The original version appears in the first line of Moody’s autobiography, released in 1900. It reads: Some day you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody, of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone up higher, that is all; 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 glorious body. Some reading these familiar words might cry foul and accuse Graham of plagiarism, making the recent social media tributes seem tainted with dishonesty. Such a characterization would be unfair. As biographer William Martin observes, Moody was one of Graham’s heroes; it makes sense that Graham would pattern himself after that great Chicago revivalist. Graham never claimed credit for the words, though he identified with the message they express. He was in lockstep with Moody’s understanding of life and death and the hope of heaven so much so that he had very little to add. The most prominent source of Graham’s version, which updates Moody’s words with 20th century idioms at the end, appears to come from the 1999 photo biography Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador, which is cited as the reference for the line in a book of quotes later released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Feb
14

D.L. MOODY


D.L. Moody
 – On February 5, 1837 in Northfield, Massachusetts Dwight Lyman Moody was born the sixth child of Edwin and Betsy Holton Moody. He started Moody Church and preached in the slums, emphasizing literal interpretation of the Bible and the need to prepare for the Second Coming. In 1870 he teamed up with the hymn writer Ira D. Sankey, and they began a series of highly popular revival tours in Britain and the U.S. He also founded the Bible Institute that bears his name.Click here for more biographical information on D.L. Moody. Also, you can read an online biography by clicking here.

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Suppose you do not want to hear a sermon (on this last night) so much as you want to know how to be saved. I want, if I can, to answer that question, “What must I do to be saved?” There is no question that can come before us in this world that is so important; and I think that there is not a man in this audience to-night who does not feel interested in it.

I heard a man, when he was going out the other night, saying: “I do not believe in sudden conversion. I do not believe what the preacher said to-night, that a man could come in here a sinner, and go out a Christian.” Now, I want to say that I do not believe in any other conversion. I do not believe that there ever has been a conversion in the world that was not instantaneous, and I want you to mark this: not but what many cannot tell the day nor the hour when they were converted. I will admit that: they may not know the time; but that does not change the great fact that there was a time when they passed from death unto life; that there was a time when they were born [ABCOG: begotten] into the kingdom of God. There must have been a minute when their name was written in the Book of Life. There must have been a time when they were ere lost, and a time when they were saved; but we may not be conscious when the change takes place. I believe the conversion of some is like the rising of the sun, and of others like the flashing of a meteor. But both are instantaneous, really, in the sight of God. There must be a time when life begins to rise; when the dead soul begins to live.

Now, this evening I want to take up some of the Bible illustrations. In the first place, there is the ark. There was a minute when Noah was outside of the ark, and another minute when he was inside. And, bear in mind, it was the ark that saved Noah: it was not his righteousness; it was not his feelings; it was not his tears; it was not his prayers. It was the ark that saved him. If he had tried to make an ark of his feelings, or of his prayers, or of his life, he would have been swept away: he would have been drowned with the rest. But, you see, it was the ark that saved him.

When I was in Manchester, I went into the gallery one Sunday night to have a talk with a few inquirers; and while I was talking, a business man came in, and took his seat on the outskirts of the audience. I think, at first, he had come merely to criticize, and that he was a little skeptical. At last I saw he was in tears. I turned to him, and said, ” My friend, what is your difficulty?” “Well,” he said, “Mr. Moody, the fact is, I cannot tell.” I said, “Do you believe you are a sinner?” He said, “Yes; I know that.” I said, “Christ is able to save you”; and I used one illustration after another, but he did not see it. At last I thought of the ark, and I said: “Was it Noah’s feelings that saved him? Was it Noah’s righteousness that saved him, or was it the ark?” “I see it, now,” said he; “I see it.” He got up and shook hands with me, and said: “Good-night: I must go. I have to go away by the train to-night; but I was determined to be saved before I went. I see it now.”

A few days after, he came and touched me on the shoulder, and said, “Do you know me? ” I said, “I know your face, but do not remember where I have seen you.” He said, “Do you not remember the illustration of the ark? I said, ” Yes.” “It has been all light ever since,” said he. “I understand it now. Christ is the Ark; He saves me; and I must get inside Him.” When I went down to Manchester again, and talked to the young friends there, I found he was the brightest light among them.

Let me take another illustration. There was the blood in Goshen. God says, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” Now He does not say, “When I see Moses’ feelings, or the feelings of the people, I will pass over you”; or, “When I see you praying and weeping, I will pass over you”; but, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” It was the blood that saved them, not their righteousness. And a little child by that blood in Goshen was just as safe as Moses or Aaron or Joshua or Caleb. It was the blood that saved them. Look! there is the Jew taking the hyssop. He dips it in the blood, and strikes it on the doorpost. One minute it is not there: the next it is there. The moment the blood is there they are saved. God says, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” Some people say, “If I were only as good as that minister I should feel so safe” or, “If I were only as good as that mother in Israel who has been praying fifty years for the poor and unfortunate, should I not feel very safe? ” My friends, if you are behind the blood, you are as safe as any man or woman who has been praying for fifty years. It is not their righteousness and good works that are going to save them. They never saved any one. God says, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” [ABCOG: Moody understands “pass over” to mean “bypass”. It can also mean “hover over to protect”] And when I am sheltered behind the blood, then I am saved; and if I am not sheltered behind the blood, I am not saved. That was instantaneous, was not it? God says, “When I see the blood, it shall be a token, and I will not enter.” Death came down and passed over Egypt; and where the blood was on the doorpost he passed by; but where the blood could not be found, in he went and took the victim away. The great palaces could not keep out death; wealth and position could not keep out death. He went and took the Crown Prince of Egypt; he took the richest and the poorest, the highest and the lowest. Death makes no distinction, except a man is behind the blood.

My friends, be wise to-night, and get behind the blood. The blood has been shed. The blood is on the mercy-seat; and while it is there you can be saved. God is imputing to His Son your trespasses and sins. He says, “I will look at the blood on the mercy-seat.” Press in, my friends; make haste and get in tonight; for the Master of the house will rise up by-and-by and shut to the door, and then there will be no hope.

Take another case. When Israel went over Jordan, God told Joshua to have six cities of refuge; three on each side of Jordan. They were to be built on a hill, where they could be seen at a great distance, and the gates were to be kept open day and night. All obstacles were to be kept out of the way, the highway was to be kept in repair, the bridges and everything in good condition, so that nothing should hinder a poor man flying to the city of refuge. If a man killed another in those days, it was considered a great disgrace if the nearest relative did not take vengeance. “An eye for an eye, and a booth for a tooth.” If a man killed another, the next kinsman was bound to put him to death. But if he could escape to a city of refuge he was tried, and if it was found he had not intentionally killed the man, he might live.

Now for my illustration. Suppose I have killed a man. I am out away in the woods working, and my axe slips out of my hand, and kills the man working with me. I know that his kinsman, his brother, is not far away. The news will soon reach him that I have killed his brother. What shall I do? I start for the city of refuge, over there away on the hill, ten miles off. I run – and we are told that in those days there used to be signposts with the word ” Refuge,” written in great red letters, so that a man might read as he ran; he need not stop. I have been told that there was a finger pointing towards the city, and a man who could not read might see the hand. A man does not have to learn to read before he can be saved. I see that hand; it is pointing to the city of refuge. The gate is wide open, but it is ten miles away. I leap over the highway. I do not look behind, to the right hand or to the left. I do not listen to this man or to that man, but, like John Bunyan, I put my fingers in my ears. The avenger has drawn his sword, and is on my track. I leap over into the highway; and, pretty soon, I can hear him behind me, Away I go, over that bridge, across that stream, up that mountain, along that valley, – but I can hear him coming nearer and nearer. There is the watchman; I can see him on the wall of the city. He gives notice to the inhabitants that a refugee is coming. I see the citizens on the wall of the city watching, and when I get near I hear them calling, “Run, run! Escape, escape! He is very near you! Run! escape!” I press on; leap through the gate of the city; and at last I am safe. One minute I am outside, and the next I am inside. One minute I am exposed to that sword; it may come down upon me at any minute: the next minute I am safe. Do I feel any difference? I feel I am behind the walls: that is the difference. It is a fact. There I am. The avenger can come up to the gates of the city, but he cannot come in. He cannot lay his sword upon me. The law of the land shields me now. I am under the protection of that city; I have saved my life; but I had no time for lingering.

A great many of you are trying to get into the city of refuge, and there are enemies trying to stop you, But do not listen to them. Your friends tell you to escape. Make haste! Delay not for a single moment!

In our country, before the war, when we had slavery, the slaves used to keep their eye on the north star. If a slave escaped to the Northern States, his old master could come and take him back into slavery. But there was another flag on American soil, and if they could only get under that flag they were for ever free. It is called the Union Jack. If they could only get as far north as Canada they were free; therefore they kept looking towards the north star. But they knew if they only got into the Northern States, there might be some one ready to take them back. So it is with every poor sinner who wants to come to Christ. Many men do all they can to hinder him; others will cheer him on. Let us help every man towards the north star. A man has escaped: perhaps he swims across the Mississippi river, or crosses the Ohio river in a little canoe. The master hears of it, and he takes his hounds and sets them on his track, and begins to hunt him down. The slave hears the hounds; and he knows that his master is coming to take him back to slavery. The line is a mile or two away. He escapes as fast as he can. He runs with all his might for the frontier, over hedges and ditches and rivers; away he goes for Canada. By-and-by he comes in sight of Canada. He can see that flag floating in front of him; and he knows that if he can only cross the line before his master and the hounds overtake him, he will be free for ever.

How the poor black man runs! leaping and bounding along; and at last, with one bound, he goes over the line. He is free! One minute he is a slave; the next minute he is a free man, under the flag of Queen Victoria, the British flag! (cheers [ABCOG: by British crowd]) – don’t cheer, my friends, but come to Christ – and your laws say that no man under that flag shall be a slave. One minute he is a slave; the next minute he is a free man. One minute it is possible for his old master to drag him back; the next minute he shouts, “Free!”

If Christ tells us that we are free, we are free. My friends, Christ is calling to-night. Get out of the devil’s territory as quick as you can. No slave in the Southern States had so hard a master as yours, nor so mean a master as Satan. Take my advice tonight, and escape for the liberty of your soul.

I can imagine some of you saying “I do not see how a man is really going to be converted all at once.” Let me give you another illustration. Look down there. There are two soldiers. Now, if you bring those soldiers up to this platform, and ask them how they became soldiers, they will tell you this – that one moment they were citizens, and the next minute soldiers. What was it that made them soldiers? It was when they took the Queen’s shilling. The moment they received that shilling they ceased to be citizens, and they became soldiers. Before they received that shilling they could go where they pleased; the next minute they came under the government and under the regulations of the army, and they must go where Queen Victoria sends them. They did not have to wait for the uniform. The minute they received the shilling they became soldiers. What made them soldiers? Receiving the shilling. What makes a man a Christian? Receiving Christ. “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not: but as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God.”

Now, the gift of God is eternal life. Who will have the gift to-night? When I was down in Manchester I asked that question, and a man shouted in the meeting, “I will! ” Who will have it now? Is not there some man here in London, as there was in Manchester, who will say that he will have the gift? Is it not a wonder to have to plead with so many to take the gift? “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life.” Who will have the gift now? (Many responses of “I will”; “I will.”)

I can imagine one man down there who says “How about repentance? How about getting into the ark or the city of refuge before repentance?” My friend, let me ask you what is repentance? It is right-about-face! I think these soldiers understand that expression. Some one has said that every one is born with his back to God, and that conversion turns him right round. If you want to be converted, and want to repent, I will tell you what you should do. Just get out of Satan’s service, and get into the Lord’s. Leave your old friends, and unite yourself with God’s people.

In a few days, if nothing happens, I expect to go to Liverpool. If, when I am in the train, my friend Mr. Shipton says, “Moody, you are going in the wrong train, – that train is going to Edinburgh” – I should say, “Mr. Shipton, you have made a great mistake; somebody told me the train was going to Liverpool. You are wrong, Mr. Shipton; I am sure you are wrong.” Then Mr. Shipton would say, “Moody, I have lived here forty years, and I know all about the trains. He must have been very ignorant or very vicious who told you that train goes to Liverpool.” Mr. Shipton at last convinces me, and I get out of that train and get into the one going to Liverpool.

Repentance is getting out of one train and getting into the other. You are in the wrong train; you are in the broad path that takes you down to the pit of hell. Get out of it to-night. Right-about-face! Who will turn his feet towards God? “Turn ye, for why will ye die?” In the Old Testament the word is “turn.” In the New Testament the word is “repent.” “Turn ye, for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” God does not want any man in this audience to perish, but He wants all to be saved. You can be saved now if you will.

There is another illustration I wish I had time to dwell upon and that is about looking. There is that serpent in the wilderness. “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man also be lifted up, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Look here! Just give me your attention for a few minutes. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” How long does it take a man to believe? Or, if you will, how long does it take a man to look? Some people say they believe in educating people to be Christians. How long do you educate children to look? You hear the mother say, “Look,” and the little child looks. It does not take a child three months to learn to look. Look and live! You need not go to college to learn how to look. There is not a child here but knows how to look. Christ says, “Look unto me; for I am [ABCOG: the way to] God, and there is none else.”

There is the brazen serpent on the pole. God says to the children of Israel, who are dying of the bite of the fiery serpents – “Look, and live!”

Now, there is nothing in looking at a piece of brass which can cure the bite of a serpent. It is God who cures it, and the looking is the condition. It is obedience; and that is what God will have.

One moment the poor sufferer is dying; the next there comes a thrill of life through his veins, and he lives: he is well. My friends, look to Christ, and not to yourselves. That is what is the matter with a great many sinners; instead of looking to Christ, they are looking at the bite.

It is not looking to the wound; it is looking to the remedy. Christ is the remedy of sin. What you want is to look from the wound to the remedy – to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Who will look tonight, and live? Turn your eye to Calvary; believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

Dwight Lyman Moody’s Last Sermon in London. Preached in Camberwell Hall, Sunday Evening, July 11th, 1875.

Feb
14
D.L. Moody Weekly: Seeking the Kingdom First

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Now I want to call your attention to the other text I spoke of. My text is both a question and a command. The question is “What seek ye?” and the command is this: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is just as much a command as it is that “Thou shalt not steal.” It is just as much a command for us to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness as it is a command that we shall not swear. It is one of the commands of the Bible. Jesus, when he was down here, in that memorable sermon on the Mount, said: “Seek first the kingdom of God.” That was to come first; it was to come in ahead of everything else. The Master’s ways are not our ways. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. What we put last, God puts first; what we put first, he puts last; the whole thing is reversed. We say, we do not want to seek the kingdom of God first. We have a good many things that must be attended to before we seek the kingdom of God. I know, if persons think they would like to be converted, they always think they have some preparations to make beforehand. Now this is just as much a command to-day as it was so many hundreds of years ago. Do you think if he was on earth today, he would alter that command? Do you think he would say for you to put off your salvation for one hour? Do you think he would tell you to seek his kingdom at some future time? Every day we hear of persons dying suddenly; sometimes without God and without hope, because they have not obeyed this command to seek first the kingdom of God. One reason that people do not seek first the kingdom of God is this: that they do not believe that God is real, and that he has a kingdom, and that they can find him; but they make light of the existence of his kingdom. The whole living world is seeking for something. There is not a person in this world who is not seeking for something. Then why not seek for the best things? If people will so seek for temporal things, doesn’t it serve to show that you do not believe that God is real; or else you would first seek the kingdom of God, and find it before any of these other things?

I heard, some time ago, of a young man who wanted to become a Christian. His father was a worldly man, full of ambition and a desire to get on. His son went to him and told him his wish. The father turned around in astonishment, put on a dissatisfied look, and said: “My son, you have made a mistake. You had better wait until you get established in business; wait till you get older; better wait till you make some money; there is plenty of time yet to become a Christian.” Does any young man here believe that? You know what the rich man in the Scripture said and did. That man had got well on in business; he had made lots of money; his goods were increasing every year. At last, after an unusually plentiful harvest, he found he had to build more barns and storehouses. He felt sure of being able to enjoy himself; he was happy and contented, as he thought how his bank account was swelling, “Soul, take thine ease, thou hast much goods laid up for many days.” He never thought of the future; the present was all he cared anything about. But in his fancied security, he heard the dread and stunning summons, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.” He had to leave all these things behind him; death snatched him away, and he lost the heaven he had neglected to make sure of on earth.

I heard a story of a young lady who was deeply concerned about her soul. Her father and mother, however, were worldly people. They thought lightly of her serious wishes; they did not sympathize with her state of mind. They made up their minds that she should not become a Christian, and tried every way they could to discourage her notions about religion. At last they thought they would get up a large party, and thus with gaiety and pleasure win her back to the world. So they made every preparation for a grand time; they even sent to neighboring towns, and got all her most worldly companions to come to the house; they bought her a magnificent silk dress and jewelry, and decked her out in all the finery of such an occasion. The young lady thought there would be no harm in attending the party; that it would be a trifling affair, a simple thing, and she could, after it was over, think again of the welfare of her soul. She went, decked out in all her adornments, and was the belle of the ball. Three weeks from that night she was on her dying bed. She asked her mother to bring her ball-dress in. She pointed her finger at it, and, bursting into tears said, “That is the price of my soul.” She died before the dawn. Oh, my friends, if you are anxious about your soul, let everything else go; let parties and festivals pass. Seek ye first the kingdom of God; then all these things will be added unto you. God commands you to do it. If you are lost—if you die in your sin—whose fault is it? God has commanded you to repent, and to seek salvation at once.

~ This is from Mr. Moody’s sermon “What Seek Ye” in The Gospel AwakeningCLICK to return to D.L. Moody Weekly >>>



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Feb
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13th February: Proverbs 8:1-36

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Hoping for ‘good luck’, some people expect good things to happen to them – all the time! God says, ‘Seek wisdom. Be ready for the hard times’. Wisdom comes from God. He speaks to us with words of wisdom (2:6; 6-8). Wisdom is not only for ‘kings and rulers, princes and nobles’. It is for everyone who loves the Lord (15-17). Wisdom calls us to choose good rather than evil, life rather than death (13,35-36; Hebrews 5:14; Deuteronomy 30:19). The way of wisdom is the way of happiness (32-34). Our path may not be paved with gold. Wisdom is better than ‘silver, gold and jewels’ (10-11). Christ is our Wisdom. Receiving Him, we receive wisdom. Growing in Him, we grow in wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:6). As you rejoice in Christ, remember: ‘He who wins…’ (11:30). Don’t keep Wisdom to yourself. Share Christ with others.

Feb
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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, “Oh death, where is thy 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 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, don’t 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 wouldn’t have changed the body he had at the transfiguration for the The Ninety-First Psalm 21 body he had at Pisgah. Elijah wouldn’t 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. VI. “I WILL SET HIM ON HIGH” “I will set him on high.” God is able to do it. Up above the angels, up above the archangels, up above the cherubims and seraphims, on the throne with His own Son. We are called to be sons and daughters of the eternal God. Do you know, the Prince of Wales cannot sit on the throne with the Queen; they wouldn’t allow it. The heir to the throne of Russia could not sit on the throne with the Czar. But it is not so yonder. Christ has gone up and taken His seat at the right hand of the Father, and every son and daughter of God is to be lifted up onto the throne. My dear friends, think of the promise. Isn’t it rich, isn’t it sweet? “I will set him on high.” So that when our friends pass up to be on high and to be forever with Him, they are far better off. VII. “I WILL SHOW HIM MY SALVATION” “I will show him my salvation.” That is a sweet promise. God can say to the angels—”Hark to that man that was once down in the depths, down in the gutter, but now he is lifted up and set upon my throne with my Son.” Thank God for the riches of His grace in Christ Jesus! I believe we don’t learn the fringe of the subject of salvation down here. When our Master was on earth,

Feb
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Dwight L. Moody didn’t attend school beyond the fifth grade; he couldn’t spell, and his grammar was awful. His manners were often brash and crude, and he never became an ordained minister. Once, before his conversion, he so outraged an Italian shoe salesmen with a prank, that the man chased him with a sharp knife, clearly intending to kill him. Yet, Dwight L. Moody was used by God to lead thousands of people to Christ. Moody’s life of Christian service began with his conversion on this day, April 21, 1855.

Dwight came to Boston as a teenager from Northfield, Massachusetts, and he felt all alone in the big city. The boy was desperate for work. An uncle took him on as a shoe salesman–on condition that he be obedient and that he attend Mt. Vernon Congregational Church. The young man had been raised in a Unitarian church which denied the full divinity of Christ and did not emphasize human need for salvation from sins. Now Dwight heard about those things. But he decided that he wanted to enjoy the pleasures of the world and wait to get saved until just before he died.

However, the kindness of his Sunday School teacher, Edward Kimball, turned young Moody into his life-long friend, and encouraged him to persist in his church attendance and regular Bible reading. Though Moody did try to read the Bible, he couldn’t understand it. Kimball later said he had never seen anyone whose mind was as spiritually dark as Dwight’s.

That changed on this day, April 21, 1855. Kimball came to the shoe store to ask Dwight to commit his life to Christ. Dwight listened closely and became a Christian that day. Immediately he began sharing his faith with others, including his own family. They wanted nothing to do with his faith. “I will always be a Unitarian,” his mother said. (However, she converted shortly before her death.)

And at first Dwight Moody wasn’t allowed to become a church member. Asked what Christ had done for him, the nervous boy replied that he wasn’t aware of anything particular. Leaders felt that was an unacceptable answer.

When Moody later moved to Chicago he wandered the streets to find young boys to bring to his Sunday School class. He had a passion for saving souls and determined never to let a day pass without telling someone the gospel of Jesus Christ. Often he irritated strangers on the street by asking them if they were Christians — but his pointed questioning stirred the consciences of many. God used the converted shoe salesman to become the leading evangelist of his day.

Estimates vary, but Dwight Moody is thought to have led as many as a million people to confess faith in Christ. Among his many achievements on either side of the Atlantic was the founding of Moody Bible Institute.

Bibliography:

  1. Adapted from an earlier Christian History Institute story.
  2. Findlay, James F. “Moody, Dwight Lyman.” Encyclopedia of American Biography, edited by John A. Garraty. Harper and Row, 1975.
  3. Harvey, Bonnie C. D. L. Moody, the American Evangelist. Barbour Books, 1997.
  4. Moody, William D. Life of D. L. Moody by His Son. Revell, 1900.

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