walk the walk

November 30, 2016

 

I want to talk about faith some more as it is a very important part of our core as believers.

faith-origin

 

So the object of faith is and must be God; and the origin of faith is God, not faith in faith but faith in God.

So the three elements of faith are; knowledge as we mentioned in a previous devotion if you want your faith to grow, study the Word of God (not commentaries and books by great and popular authors) but as the Prophet Jeremiah said: chapter 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.

Second; be in agreement with them, after 25 years of being a Biblical counselor I was constantly amazed at how Christian people could screw up their lives, their children, their walk with God by simply not following the laws, precepts and statutes of the Word of God. We must as the apostle said

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10

Walk the walk, talk the walk.

And third trust, trust God that this works, Jesus said to be like little children.

So that brings to THE VERSE;

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The Niv version instead of the word “substance” uses the word; “realization”

The Nasb version (my personal favorite) uses the word; “assurance”

Faith is the only mandatory and essential initial response of man to the grace of God. A man void of faith cannot please God (v. 6 ). Faith is the nominal form of the verb “to believe.” “Faith” is pistis (Gk.), while “to believe” is pisteuein (Gk.). Both connote the idea of “trust” and “confidence.” Justification is the result of the believer’s faith in the grace of God and in His provision for salvation ( Hab. 2:4 ; Rom. 3:28 ; 4:3 ). The lives of the biblical heroes and heroines enumerated in this chapter reflect the behavior that God approves. The text affirms two primary characteristics of faith: (1) Faith is the substance ( hupostasis, Gk.) or foundation of things for which we hope (see note in center column). The meaning is that faith is the solid, unshakable confidence in God which is built upon the assurance that He will be faithful to His promises. (2) Furthermore, faith is the evidence at work in life itself that God and other unseen things do in fact subsist. However, this does not imply that faith is a blind leap in the dark. Rather, faith is a confident commitment to One about whom abundant evidence bears ample testimony. Faith is a leap—a leap forward into light and comprehension.

So go build your faith by knowing God better, turn off the radio, the tv preachers, and read the word, devote your life to it and watch your faith grow.

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size doesn’t matter

November 29, 2016

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I visit and preach in a lot of different churches, various denominations, if I’m preaching in the a.m. service I will visit the pm service or vice versa. I am often amazed (not in a good sense) of what constitutes a church service. I am saddened when I know the pastor is not anointing his sermon, or his life in prayer. And the sad fact is all suffer from it. the pastor grows bitter, the wife is unhappy, the children can’t wait to get out of the house and the church itself, the body  of Christ suffers. No leadership, false doctrine, like a ship in a storm with no captain and no rudder, all are doomed.

And I’ve met men who have built large churches, but still suck at preaching, but they have the formula down for attracting a crowd, they cater to itching ears, pride and self-fulfillment. They are polished, slick and hollow, their congregations are shallow, whimsical and fodder for the world to chew up and spit out.

And then there are the men toiling in tiny churches, a handful of people show up and yet their sermons are jewels of bible spirit, prick them and they bleed bible and their lives are filled with prayer.

Size doesn’t matter, the prayer life does. No on the fly praying, no lucky charm prayers, a bended knee and a humble heart. Heart to God, hand to man.

  1. M. Bounds says the following:

“What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use – men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer…Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor…Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to advance God’s cause in this world.” [E. M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer (Moody, 1979), 10, 15].

The heart of spiritual power is prayer. The apostle Paul asked for prayer: “Brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” (2 Thess. 3:1). Again Paul asks, “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – and for me, that utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel…” (Eph. 6:18-20). And again, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains” (Col. 4:2-3)

Pray for your pastor, pray he burns for a closer walk to God and a pulpit that is on fire with the truth of God’s word.

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just in case you wonder

November 28, 2016

the bible

Yes, I take the bible literally.

JUST IN CASE YOU WONDER

At first sight the fifth chapter of Genesis appears to be nothing more than a list of names interesting only to historians and theologians. But there is a recurring theme which is of profound interest to every human being. The theme is: “he lived … then he died.” It is important to remember that man has been given only two things to master: “how to live” and “how to die.” Despite his ability to conquer space and disease and other massive challenges it is ironic that he still struggles with the problems associated with living well and dying nobly.

 

 

There are two preliminary matters which need to be addressed concerning the fifth chapter. First, the longevity of these remarkable gentlemen and, secondly, the period of time which elapsed during their lifetimes. Methusaleh lived to the ripe old age of 969 and his forebear Jared lasted only seven years less. We hear occasionally of remarkable people living in remote areas of Siberia whose age far outstrips the life expectancy of other groups, and, of course, considerable attention has been paid to their diets and lifestyles to see if we can learn their secrets. Apparently a steady diet of yogurt has played a major part in their unusual health and vigor! But their lives are infant compared to the antediluvians.

 

 

Some scholars have suggested that the ages are not to be taken literally or perhaps that the life spans related not only to a person but also to the family that sprang from his loins. Others wonder if “years” were calculated differently in those long ago days. While keeping our minds open to what researchers may discover in these areas we see no reason to doubt that these men were probably an exceptionally hardy breed.

 

 

The other question relating to the time which elapsed during this period is important. Scholars like Ussher took these genealogies seriously when they tried to calculate the date of the creation. They assumed, understandably, that the genealogies were complete and that if they added up all the ages of the antediluvians they would arrive at an accurate figure for man’s first appearance on earth. Modern science has shown their calculations to be inaccurate and modern research has shown that the lists are by no means complete.

We now know that it was normal genealogical practice to omit whole generations so that the person who “begat” somebody else could as easily be his great, great, great grandfather (ad infinitum) as his father! Therefore we conclude that while these are real men who lived real lives of a stated duration we are not obliged to assume that the antediluvian period lasted for a period of time equaling the sum total of the ages recorded in Genesis 5.

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  “God . . . hath quickened us together with Christ and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ (Eph. 2:4–6).

 

 

  What is our attitude concerning our needs in the Christian life and warfare? Are we outside the armory, struggling and pleading for supplies? Or are we inside the arsenal, ready to be fully supplied and armed as our daily needs require? “Be strong in the Lord—be empowered through your union with Him; draw your strength from Him” (Eph. 6:10, Amp.).

 

 

  “It has come these days with new light and power that the first thing we have to see to as we draw near to God day by day is that our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. If we listen in the stillness till our hearts begin to respond to what He is thinking and feeling about the matter in question, whether it concerns ourselves or others, we can, from that moment, begin praying downwards from the Throne, instead of praying upwards from ourselves.”

 

 

  “We must not think the revelation as to the will of God is an end in itself; it is but the first phase of a prayer ministry. When Daniel had prayed through to an understanding of the ways of the Lord, he then set himself three times a day to persevere in prayer for the fulfillment. His prayer ministry took him into the lion’s den, but it also brought him out again, and he was able to see the things through to the glorious end.”

 

 

  “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

 

 

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SCREW YOU TOO!

November 26, 2016

SORRY GIRLS THIS IS JUST FOR MEN; ALTHOUGH YOU MAY WANT TO PASS IT ON.

WOMEN MAY HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING THIS BUT YOU MAY KNOW SOMEONE IN THIS SITUATION. I’M NOT MAKING EXCUSES BUT THIS IS REALLY MOSTLY A GUY THING; AND I HOPE THIS HELPS SOME GUY OUT THERE.

BECAUSE I GREW UP TO BE A VERY VIOLENT PERSON, I BECAME THE GUY THAT WAS ALWAYS GETTING IN FIGHTS AND I ALWAYS STARTED THEM AND PRETTY MUCH ENDED THEM I THOUGHT VIOLENCE WAS THE ANSWER TO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING; I MEAN SCREW DÉTENTE.

NOW I WAS NEVER PHYSICALLY VIOLENT WITH MY FAMILY BUT I ALL TO FREQUENTLY SCARED THEM WITH MY RAGE AND VERBAL OUTBURSTS. EVEN AFTER ACCEPTING JESUS AS MY SAVIOR SOMETIMES THE ANIMAL JUST CAME OUT. I’M NOT PROUD OF WHAT HAPPENED BUT I DID GET A HANDLE ON IT, AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH ANYONE THAT IS STRUGGLING WITH RAGE, ESPECIALLY IN A FAMILY SETTING TO HELP YOU GET OVER IT.

NOW DON’T DISMISS THIS AS TO SIMPLISTIC BUT IT REALLY CAN HELP. I READ THIS STORY IN READERS DIGEST ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO AND IT WAS A LIGHT BULB MOMENT.

A PLUMBER GOES TO A LADY’S HOUSE TO DO SOME WORK AND ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG DOES, BUT HE DOESN’T LOSE HIS COOL. BUT WHEN LEAVES THE HOUSE TO GO HOME HE LEAVES A WRENCH THERE. THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE REALIZES THAT HE MIGHT NEED IT AND FOLLOWS HIM HOME TO GIVE HIM THIS WRENCH.

WHEN HE GETS TO HIS HOUSE BEFORE SHE CAN GET OUT OF THE CAR SHE SEES HIM GO UP TO A TREE IN HIS YARD AND HE STARTS PULLING INVISIBLE THINGS OUT OF HIS POCKET AND TIES THEM TO THE TREE; AND SHE’S THINKING ‘GREAT I’VE JUST HAD A PSYCHO IN MY HOUSE’.

THEN JUST BEFORE HE GOES INTO THE HOUSE HE KIND OF GIVES HIMSELF A SHAKE LIKE A DOG DOES AND GOES IN THE HOUSE.

WELL SHE’S FASCINATED AND HAS TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON SO SHE GOES TO THE HOUSE WITH THE WRENCH AND RINGS THE DOORBELL. THE PLUMBER ANSWERS THE DOOR WITH A BIG SMILE AND SHE CAN HEAR CHILDREN LAUGHING AND SMELLS DINNER COOKING AND SHE HOLDS UP THE WRENCH.

(WHICH HE IMMEDIATELY TAKES AND KILLS HER DEAD; SORRY JUST KIDDING, SEE WHY YOU HAVE TO KEEP PRAYING FOR ME.)

SHE JUST HAS TO KNOW WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH HIM TYING INVISIBLE THINGS TO THE TREE OUTSIDE, SO SHE ASKS HIM. HE GRINS RATHER SHEEPISHLY AND STEPS OUTSIDE AND WALKS OVER TO THE TREE, AND HE SAYS; “I TIE TO THE TREE EVERYTHING THAT WENT WRONG TODAY, EVERYTHING THAT BROKE, DIDN’T GOES AS PLANNED, MY ANGER, MY FRUSTRATION AND I TIE IT THERE SO I DON’T TAKE IT IN THE HOUSE WITH ME.” AND SHE ASKS “WHAT ABOUT THE SHAKE YOU DID ON THE DOORSTEP.” HE SMILES AND SAYS I’M JUST MAKING SURE NOTHING BAD IS COMING IN THE HOUSE WITH ME AND I TELL MY SELF I LOVE MY FAMILY.”

NOW IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY SCREWED UP AND THINK THIS IS TO SIMPLISTIC SCREW YOU IT WORKS.

BUT FOR YOU DIE HARD VIOLENT PSYCHOPATHS THAT ARE  SKEPTICS I HAVE PART TWO.

I TOLD MY WIFE THAT WHEN I GET HOME I NEEDED 20 MINUTES ALONE TIME TO RE-ADJUST TO A ROLE CHANGE. SO I WOULD STAY IN THE GARAGE AND THE KIDS WERE TOLD NOT TO COME OUT AND BOTHER ME; AND IN THAT 20 MINUTES I WOULD PRAY; “GOD DON’T LET A MONSTER WALK THROUGH THAT DOOR, THESE PEOPLE LOVE YOU AND CARE FOR YOU; YOU CAN’T BE MEAN, OR SCARY OR ROUGH OR MEAN SPIRITED BECAUSE YOU LOVE THEM. DON’T BE AN A$$HOLE WALK IN THERE AND BE A GODLY, LOVING CARING MAN.”

AND THERE IS A PART THREE; “CUES” ONE REASON I GOT MAD WAS I HAD A SCENARIO IN MY MIND OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WHEN I GOT HOME, MY EXPECTATIONS; PROBLEM WAS I NEVER TOLD ANYONE WHAT THOSE EXPECTATIONS WERE. I WANTED MY WIFE TO KISS ME AND TELL ME SHE MISSED ME (I TRAVEL A LOT DOING SEMINARS) I WANTED THE KIDS TO STOP WHAT EVER THEY WERE DOING AND JUST HUG ME FOR A SECOND, THAT’S ALL, JUST THAT LITTLE BIT.

YOU KNOW WHAT IT WORKED, I WOULD WALK IN THE HOUSE SAYING MY LITTLE MANTRA; “YOU LOVE THESE PEOPLE DON’T SCARE THEM.” AND THEY WOULD TAKE THE 5 SECONDS JUST TO GIVE ME WHAT I NEEDED, CRAVED FROM THEM A MOMENT OF LOVE AND IT WOULD ALL WORK OUT.

SO IF YOU ARE A SCARY DAD, HUSBAND, FATHER, PLEASE WORK IT OUT, GIVE THIS A TRY.

DON’T BE A SCARY SCUM

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hhmmmmmmmm,

November 25, 2016

  There are far too many irresponsible believers. At the same time, there are far too many over-responsible believers who are seeking to carry out the Lord’s responsibilities. Our primary concern is to trust Him, and rest in Him, while ‘it is God who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us…in Christ” (2 Cor. 1:21, Amp.).

  “The good fight is the fight of faith. Nothing is easier than to step out of faith into feeling, or sight. But then it is failure, and no longer a fight of faith. When we abide in the Lord Jesus, the force of the assault is borne by Him. He takes the strain and the burden; whilst the believer passes into His triumphs, and is kept in perfect peace through it all.

 The believer then understands the meaning of Asa’s words: ‘Lord, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power….O Lord, Thou art our God; let not man prevail against Thee… (2 Chron. 14:11). Against us? No; against Thee! Why? Because the battle is the Lord’s! How often we have looked at the battle as ours and have asked that man shall not prevail against us. But perhaps you are not wholly on the Lord’s side; and this may be the secret of your failure. If you want continuous victory, you must be on the side of Him who knows no defeat. The question is not whether the Lord is on your side, but whether you are on the Lord’s side.

  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” (Isa. 26:3).

  3-7. Imitating Is Imitation

  “For to me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21).

  Once we learn the truth of our union with the Lord Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, any attempt to imitate Christ will be seen for what it is: unscriptural, and futile.

 Our Father is going to teach us, mainly through personal failure, that the life we live is the life of our Lord Jesus alone. The Christian life is not our living a life like Christ, or our trying to be Christ-like, nor is it Christ giving us the power to live a life like His; but it is Christ Himself living His own life through us; ‘no longer I, but Christ.’

 The end of Christ’s incarnation, death and resurrection was to prepare and form an holy nature and frame for us in Himself, to be communicated to us by union and fellowship with Him; and not to be able to produce in ourselves the first originals of such an holy nature by our own endeavors.

 The believer’s true education is in the growth of Christ within. The Church’s real ministry is not multitudinous public services, so-called, but the forming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the lives of His people; the reproduction of Christ; epistles made alive by the Holy Spirit, to be seen and read of all men.

 There is no answer to infidelity like the life of the Lord Jesus displayed through the Christian. Nothing puts the madness of the infidel, and the folly of the superstitious more to shame and silence than the humble, quiet, devoted walk of a thorough-going, heavenly-minded, and divinely-taught believer.

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love me tender

November 24, 2016

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This thirteenth chapter of the book of 1 Corinthians is frequently called the “Love Chapter.” In this passage, Paul says love is the greatest of the virtues and that without love, the value of spiritual gifts is greatly diminished. He also explains what love will and will not look like in the life of a believer by listing seven things love is and nine things love is not.

 According to Paul, love is patient, kind and rejoices in truth. Love is always protecting, trusting, hopeful and persevering. Love is not envious, boastful or proud; is not easily angered, self-seeking or dishonoring of others; is not a keeper of grudges or a delighter of evil; is never failing.

 From this chapter, we gain significant insight into love. But to fully understand Biblical love, we need to look to the teaching of the Bible as a whole. Here are 11 more things the Bible says about love:

  1. The greatest love in the universe is the love within the Trinity (see Mt 3:17; 12:18; Jn 3:35; 5:20; 10:17; 15:9–10; 17:23–26).

  2. Our greatest love is to love God with all our heart, mind and soul (see Mt 22:36).

  3. Our second greatest love is love of our neighbor (see Mt 22:39).

  4. The whole Old Testament Law is summed up by the word love (see Lev 19:17–18; Mt 19:19).

  5. All commandments in the New Testament are summed up by the command “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Ro 13:9).

  6. Love is the crowning virtue, the consummation of all other virtues (see Gal 5:22–23; 2Pe 1:5–7; Col 3:12–14).

  7. Love includes both outward deeds and inward attitudes (see Lev 19:17–18).

  8. Love must extend even to our enemies and those who persecute us (see Mt 5:44).

  9. We are called to love God’s commandments (see Ps 112:1; 119:35,47), his law (see Ps 119:97), his will (see Ps 40:8), his promises (see Ps 119:140) and his salvation (see Ps 40:16).

  10. We are called to love the good (see Am 5:15), mercy (see Mic 6:8), truth and peace (see Zec 8:19) and wisdom (see Pr 4:6).

  11. Love is the distinguishing mark of the true Christian (see Jn 13:35).

Ask yourself just how loving are you, to your spouse, your friends, the guy who flips you off on the highway. If your obituary appeared in the paper tomorrow what would folks say?

To those that celebrate Thanksgiving, remember to give thanks to God for all you have. If you live somewhere and it’s not thanksgiving officially , well give thanks to God.

Blessing to all those that suffer holiday blues, hang in there.

Pray for Billie S, she is 65 and lost here husband today

Pray for Rahj S. he wants to come to America

Sandy B, just accepted Christ as Savior, and tomorrow she faces a very hostile family.

Paul M, says he’s tired beyond belief, pray not only for a rest but no guilt, it’s ok to say no to people

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Thanks to all that encourage

holiday depression

November 23, 2016

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It’s that time of year again, holiday depression, reach out for help please

 

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION

Psalm 42:5

New International Version (NIV)

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

DEPRESSION, IT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE SOMETIME.

THE BIG DEAL IS DEAL WITH IT, DON’T LET IT GO

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE TIPS TO DEAL WITH IT

1.REALIZE THAT DEPRESSION IS NOT NECESSARILY CAUSED BY SIN OR BY WRONG DOING, IT IS JUST A SYMPTOM THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG

  1. IT CAN BE CAUSED BY EXHAUSTION, ELIJAH THE PROPHET FELL INTO DEPRESSION AFTER A GREAT SPIRITUAL BATTLE 1 KINGS 19:4; IT IS NOT UNUSUAL TO ACCOMPLISH A GOAL AND THEN FALL INTO DEPRESSION, SO REST AND EXERCISE.

3.VENT YOUR ANXIETIES IN PRAYER, BE HONEST WITH GOD AND TELL HIM HOW YOU REALLY FEEL, RELAX HE CAN TAKE. ONCE I WAS SO MAD AT “THINGS” I WAS THROWING ROCKS AT HIM. (HE DIDN’T STRIKE ME DEAD)

  1. WORSHIP HIM, PRAISE HIM IN PRAYER, KEEP A HYMNAL WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO SO YOU CAN SING YOUR FAVORITE HYMNS. ITS HARD TO MAD OR DEPRESSED WHEN YOUR SING TO THE LORD.

5.LOOK AT OTHERS AROUND YOU, FOCUS LESS ON YOURSELF AND DOING SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE

  1. FOCUS ON SOMETHING NEW IN YOUR LIFE, GET A NEW HOBBY, REWARD YOURSELF WITH SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO DO AND HAVENT’ DONE IT IN AWHILE

  2. CALL A FRIEND, DON’T GO THROUGH IT ALONE

HEBREWS 13:5 “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU”

NEVER BELIEVE THE DEVIL OR ANYONE THAT WOULD TELL YOU GOD DOESN’T CARE.

 

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twisted

November 22, 2016

It is indicative of man’s fallen condition that even when he dedicates himself to love, labor, and the Lord he is still capable of deviant behavior. Cain and Abel, for reasons not explained to us, determine to offer sacrifices to the Lord. Cain being the agriculturalist brought agricultural produce; Abel the shepherd brought animals from his flock. “And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell” (Gen 4: 4-5). It is tempting to read into the differing offerings some suggestion that one contained blood and was therefore acceptable and the other did not and was therefore unacceptable. But the text gives no indication of this but rather stresses the fact that the person offering was acceptable or unacceptable, leading us to believe that God was looking on the heart—the attitude of the worshiper—rather than at the specifics of his offering. Even in worship man is capable of deviant behavior and attitudes. Cain shows it and church history confirms it.

Cain reacted violently to his rejection, but not against the One who rejected him so much as against the innocent one who was accepted. Jealousy had raised its ugly green-eyed head and was about to prove that it is truly “cruel as the grave.” It is possible for us to read this story of fratricide with some degree of indifference because we have become conditioned to violence, but we should bear in mind that sin had “entered” and was already “abounding” and would shortly “reign” (see Rom. 5:12-21) in the most gross way. The text by repeatedly using the word “brother” brings this into sharp focus. The man first born on earth killed the second man born on earth—his own brother! Love had become deviant. This is shown by Cain’s response to God’s inquiry about his brother’s whereabouts. Callously, and untruthfully, he responded, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (v. 9).

Conjugal love quickly deteriorated too. Polygamy with all its attendant evils soon appeared on the scene through a reprehensible character called Lamech, who compounded his polygamous and murderous activities with an arrogance and belligerence frightening in their intensity. He killed a “young man for hurting me” (v. 23) and boasted about it in a song written for the occasion which he then performed for his wives. Man’s deviant behavior toward the Lord is clear in Cain’s reactions. He lied when reminded of the immensity of his crime: “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to Me from the ground” (v. 10). There is no indication of remorse, and when he was punished with banishment there was no acceptance but only complaint: “My punishment is greater than I can bear!” (v. 13). God graciously provided protection for him stipulating “‘Whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.’ And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him” (v. 15). But this elicits no gratitude and “Cain went out from the presence of the Lord” (v. 16). It should also be noted that while there is no record of man’s deviant behavior toward labor in the text (unless we assume that the killing suggests that skills in metal work were already being turned to making weaponry), it was not long until the first signs of man’s abuse of God-ordained work and God-provided raw materials began to appear.

The cause of all this is remarkably stated in Genesis 4:7: “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” The word “accepted” means “lifted up” and contrasts sharply with Cain’s fallen countenance but suggests much more than a brighter face. There is restoration for all who will turn to the Lord from the heart. The enemy “sin” crouches at the door of man’s life like a wild animal waiting to devour him, but God’s way is for man to overcome the forces of sin. Cain did not, and sin abounded and reigned. The same principle works today. The identical challenge confronts contemporary man.

I think of two brothers who were friends of mine from childhood. Born into the same family, fed the same food, reared in the same church, exposed to the same truth they were also susceptible to the same temptations. One from his earliest days began to show a genuine love for the Lord and a desire to order his life in accordance with divine principles. He disciplined himself in study and preparation, married wisely and well, and eventually became a singularly effective missionary in a primitive part of the world where very few white men ventured. Like every other man he was not exempt from sin crouching at his door, but he did well and was lifted up in blessing and honor before God and man. Meanwhile his brother who was less disciplined and less inclined to honor the Lord began to fudge around the edges. His business began to suffer, his marriage began to deteriorate, and eventually he became so gripped by the sin which lay in wait to devour him that he lost family, wife, and business and eventually sat desolate in a prison cell.

This sad chapter of Genesis, as is so often the case in Scripture, contains a bright note of hope. Seth (meaning “appointed”) was born to Adam and Eve and his mother said, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed” (v. 25). The reference to “seed” suggests that she was trusting in the promise she had heard from the Lord about the serpent’s bruising. Attributing the birth to the Lord’s appointing shows that in the midst of the chaos God still had His people. It is still true today.

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the plan

November 21, 2016

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Crucified with Him” (Rom. 6:6).

  Often when a believer finally sees his identification with the Lord Jesus in His death and resurrection, as set forth in Romans Six, he will then seek to experience it by self-effort. The net result: Romans Seven!

 As our Substitute He went to the Cross alone, without us, to pay the penalty of our sins; as our Representative He took us with Him to the Cross, and there, in the sight of God, we all died together with the Lord Jesus. We may be forgiven because He died in our stead; we may be delivered because we died with Him.

 God’s way of deliverance for us, a race of hopeless incurables, is to put us away in the Cross of His Son, and then to make a new beginning by re-creating us in union with Him, the Risen, Living One. It is the Holy Spirit who will make these great facts real and true in our experience as we depend upon Him; and so the plague of our hearts will be stayed, and we shall go on to be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 The Holy Spirit so unites us to Christ that Christian experience becomes a reproduction in us of the essential facts of Christ’s fourfold revelation He died unto sin: with Him we died (Col. 2:20). He arose: with Him we are risen (Col. 3:1). He is in heaven: our life is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). He will appear again: with Him we shall appear in glory (Col. 3:4).

  “Risen with Christ” (Col. 3:1).

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