When Things Go Crazy

July 11th, 2015 No Comments

by Lisa Leidenfrost

With things in the world the way they are right now, with extremists muslims taking over territory and with the homosexuals gaining their victory at the expense of everyone else, things seem like they are turning upside down. It is the same feeling as being in an earthquake where the ground underneath you starts to shake, a ground that before, had always remained stable. Yes, things are changing. And they may keep changing for the worst. But, is our security in the idea of ‘changelessness’ or God? I Chronicles 29:10-12 shows where we should plant our feet and remain on bedrock, no matter what change we will face in the future or what things are taken away. This is our bedrock:

I Chr. 29:10-13

“Blessed are You Lord, God of Israel, our Father forever and ever. Yours O Lord is the greatness, the power, and the glory, the victory, and the majesty. For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;”

Lets take a look at the first important aspect of this verse. Who is the “You” in the verse above in relationship to us? If you’re going to lean on Him you need to know who He is to you. This is important.

He is
-Lord
-God of Israel (and we are grafted in)
-our Father

He is all this to us. This states His relationship to us which sets the framework for the bedrock. We are His. And He is Lord.

The next part of the bedrock is knowing the things about Him which He has that don’t change.
He has:
-greatness
-power
-glory
-victory
-majesty

He has all the power in the universe at His command. His greatness, glory and majesty are secure and He will have the ultimate victory. And, we are His. We already know the end –He will be victorious over all. We are on the winning side even though there seems to be present defeats. Present defeats are not stopping the process of God gaining ground.

Further bedrock is to know His character which also doesn’t change.

Ps 36:5-6
“Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds
your righteousness is like the great mountains
your judgements are a great deep.”
Ps 145
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and great in mercy.”

What else do we need to know that is part of the bedrock from I Chr 29?

“For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours”

This is reassuring. So, who owns the earth? Extremist muslims? Homosexuals? American politicians? Liberals? No, the Lord does, whether they acknowledge Him or not. But, they will at some point know He is Lord and will bow down to Him.

“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:10,11

But, just how far does His influence go? Can there be anywhere that man can escape from Him? Let’s look at Psalm 139:7

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold You are there, If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.”

God is in every corner of the earth, nothing excepted. And He is Lord and we are His.

The next part of I Chr. 29:11 states God’s authoritative position on the earth:

“Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”

This is the culmination of this whole passage. He is head over all. Period. This is what we have to remember when things get tough. He is at the head and nothing will ever change that even if things take a nasty turn. And we are His. He has the power to give strength to all. That is a pretty secure place to be in.

And this is our response:

Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name…

This is the bedrock we stand on when everything else is turbulent. It is always reassuring to know that these things will never change.

When I Die

July 4th, 2015 No Comments

“May I live the remainder of my life as entirely to the glory of God as he lived; and when I shall come to the period of my life, may I die in the same blessed peace wherein he died: may I be with him in the kingdom of light and love for ever” Ian Murray about Richard Baxter

Richard Baxter

July 2nd, 2015 No Comments

From the Introduction to A Call To the Unconverted:

“Death reveals the secrets of the heart”

and

This excellent saint was the same in his life and death: his last hours were spent in preparing others and himself to appear before God. He said to his friends that visited him, “You come hither to learn to die, I am not the only person that must go this way: I can assure you, that your whole life, be it ever so long, is little enough to prepare for death. Have a care of this vain deceitful world and the lusts of the flesh: Be sure you choose God for your portion, heaven for your home, God’s glory for your end, his word for your rule, and then you need never fear but we shall meet with comfort.”

Falling Into Ditches

July 1st, 2015 No Comments

Dear Pastor Lawyer,

I have an opportunity to visit my non-Christian friend in another city. She isn’t a Christian, and in fact is a pretty pagan non-Christian. She knows I’m a Christian, but invited me anyway. I’m wondering if it would be good for me to go. Can I help her, or will I just make things worse?

Thanks, Kim

 

Hi Kim,

One of the things I see in the Scriptures is that we become like the people we hang out with (1 Cor. 15:33 in the negative direction). People who worship false gods become like those gods (Psa. 115:8). These passages show people drifting in a negative direction, but this is also a principle that works in the positive direction: we become like our teachers, for example (Lk. 6:40).

I think the difference is that if we aren’t paying attention, because of the way sin works, we will almost always drift toward the lowest common morals. So, when you get a bunch of Christians together, in a few months, if no one is paying attention, everyone will be as sinful as the worst person was when they first got together. But if they are paying attention and working to stay Christ like, which by the way comes as we spend time with him–imitating him (1 Cor. 11:1; Heb. 6:12), we can raise up the low folks to be more like the godly ones.

With this in mind, I would say that if you can’t maintain your walk with god when you is with your friend, you shouldn’t go down. If, however, you can walk with God, even in the sinfulness of the context there, you can be a light in a dry and dark place, without even saying anything. Just being there, will cause everyone to be more like you, even if they don’t want to. Of course, you should pray for wisdom and boldness to say and do Gospel things with your friend and her friends. But even if you don’t, but also don’t sin, everyone will notice and will naturally be drawn to Jesus in you.

So, go if you can walk with God. Don’t go if you can’t.

I hope this helps.

Crazier and Crazier

June 30th, 2015 No Comments

Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them Psalm 115:8

We become like what we revere. We become like who we respect. We become like those we admire. We become like those we imitate. And we become like people we hang out with. The Bible is clear throughout that loving, revering, respecting, trusting, believing in, and imitating, are all actions of worship—of giving glory.

The easiest and best definition I’ve heard of for glory is to “make famous.” When we glorify someone we talk about them. We advertise for them. We explain, defend, admire out loud, brag on, and talk them up to everyone around us. In most cases, we copy and imitate them. And in the process, the Bible says we become like them. read more…

Feel Free To Worship Any Way You Want…

June 29th, 2015 No Comments

Morning, June 27       Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

“Only ye shall not go very far away” — Exodus 8:28

This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence of dissent; it would have us be more charitable and not carry matters with too severe a hand. Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. Worldly wisdom recommends the path of compromise, and talks of “moderation.” According to this carnal policy, purity is admitted to be very desirable, but we are warned against being too precise; truth is of course to be followed, but error is not to be severely denounced. “Yes,” says the world, “be spiritually minded by all means, but do not deny yourself a little gay society, an occasional ball, and a Christmas visit to a theatre. What’s the good of crying down a thing when it is so fashionable, and everybody does it?” Multitudes of professors yield to this cunning advice, to their own eternal ruin. If we would follow the Lord wholly, we must go right away into the wilderness of separation, and leave the Egypt of the carnal world behind us. We must leave its maxims, its pleasures, and its religion too, and go far away to the place where the Lord calls his sanctified ones. When the town is on fire, our house cannot be too far from the flames. When the plague is abroad, a man cannot be too far from its haunts. The further from a viper the better, and the further from worldly conformity the better. To all true believers let the trumpet-call be sounded, “Come ye out from among them, be ye separate.”

Knowing God

June 25th, 2015 Comments Off on Knowing God

Dear Pastor Lawyer,

This time, I have a good question. At least I think it’s a good question. It has me stumped. I was previewing some devotional material on Android and one of them said that the key to understanding God isn’t what we think about God, it’s what God thinks about God. So what does God think about God? What are some Scriptures that address God’s self image? Does God have good self esteem? Is God confident and sure of himself? How can understanding how God relates to himself help me understand God better? Is God like me or more like you, or is God an individual reflection different for each person?

Thanks.

The comment about needing to know what God thinks about God rather than what we think about God is correct. The problem with our thinking about God is that we tend to make God in our image rather than studying him for who he is and then asking him to make us in his image. read more…

Wait On The Lord!

June 25th, 2015 Comments Off on Wait On The Lord!

Psalm 27:7-14

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!

Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When You said, “Seek My face,”

My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

Do not hide Your face from me;

Do not turn Your servant away in anger;

You have been my help;

Do not leave me nor forsake me,

O God of my salvation.

When my father and my mother forsake me,

Then the Lord will take care of me.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,

And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;

For false witnesses have risen against me,

And such as breathe out violence.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed

That I would see the goodness of the Lord

In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord! read more…

When All Is Undone

June 24th, 2015 Comments Off on When All Is Undone

Psalm 27:1-6

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life;

Of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked came against me

To eat up my flesh,

My enemies and foes,

They stumbled and fell.

Though an army may encamp against me,

My heart shall not fear;

Though war may rise against me,

In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,

That will I seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in His temple.

For in the time of trouble

He shall hide me in His pavilion;

In the secret place of His tabernacle

He shall hide me;

He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;

Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

When life gets crazy, enemies all about, fears abound, all is sadness and loss, the Bible calls us to gaze on the Lord Jesus Christ. It calls us to look to him, to be confident, to behold the beauty of the Lord, to take refuge in his presence, to rejoice in the victory he is providing, and to sing praises to our God.

Exhortation : Freedom from Guilt

June 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Exhortation : Freedom from Guilt

We are born guilty. From our earliest moment, we feel guilty. We feel this way because we are guilty. The Bible tells us that this is because of our father Adam. He sinned and we all sinned in him, both genetically and covenantally.

As if this wasn’t enough, we all prove our guilt by doing things for which we should feel guilty. This situation springs from another gift our father Adam left us—we are self-absorbed. We constantly, and pretty much only, care about what we care about. Therefore, lacking wisdom, we do all kinds of things that hurt others and eventually hurt ourselves. As someone once said, we do what we do, because we want what we want, and because we believe what we believe. Or as the Bible says, we have lust and do not have so we murder and covet, fight and war, all so that we can spend the booty on our desire for pleasure.

But to think that we are the center of everything just seems wrong. It’s wrong for you to say that you are the center and when I say it about myself, it’s just all wrong.  But here we are, suffering, because we believe in our bones, that we deserve more. read more…

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