When Praying, See Prayer As The Fuel That Fires A White Hot Love For Christ...
These two are inseparable—prayer and love for Christ! It can be said that the more you pray the more you will love Christ, and the
more you love Christ the more you will pray. Each prompting the other—prayer prompting love, greater love prompting greater prayer.
As your prayer life diminishes, so too will your heart for Him, and conversely, if your love for Him wanes, so too will your prayer life.
One should always be careful then to maintain a consistent dedicated prayer life to produce a constant warm heart, ensuring a continuous
flow of Christ's love through their life; and it is this life the world so desperately needs! A heart so hot with Christ's love that it
would melt the hardest of hardhearted sinners instantly upon contact!
THIS IS PRAYER!
A Heart So Aglow In His Presence It Dispels All Darkness In Its Path!
AND SO PRAY:
"Father, may the coals of my prayers glow ever so bright that they never be in danger of diminishing that others may always
see your love shining brightly through me."
- Author: Ken Livingston
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1 Samuel 13:20
"But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his ax, and his mattock."
We are engaged in a great war with the Philistines of evil. Every weapon within our reach must be used
. Preaching, teaching, praying, giving, all must be brought into action, and talents which have been thought too mean for service, must now be employed...
Coulter, and axe, and mattock, may all be useful in slaying Philistines; rough tools may deal hard blows, and killing need not be elegantly done, so long as it is done effectually. Each moment of time, in season or out of season; each fragment of ability, educated or untutored; each opportunity, favourable or unfavourable, must be used, for our foes are many and our force but slender.
Most of our tools want sharpening; we need quickness of perception, tact, energy, promptness, in a word, complete adaptation for the Lord's work. Practical common sense is a very scarce thing among the conductors of Christian enterprises. We might learn from our enemies if we would, and so make the Philistines sharpen our weapons. This morning let us note enough to sharpen our zeal during this day by the aid of the Holy Spirit. See the energy of the Papists, how they compass sea and land to make one proselyte, are they to monopolize all the earnestness? Mark the heathen devotees, what tortures they endure in the service of their idols! are they alone to exhibit patience and self-sacrifice? Observe the prince of darkness, how persevering in his endeavours, how unabashed in his attempts, how daring in his plans, how thoughtful in his plots, how energetic in all! The devils are united as one man in their infamous rebellion, while we believers in Jesus are divided in our service of God, and scarcely ever work with unanimity. O that from Satan's infernal industry we may learn to go about like good Samaritans, seeking whom we may bless!
- Author: C.H. Spurgeon
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"The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself."
. Outward formality in spiritual experience--a stereotyped, stiff way of doing things that clearly flows from habit
rather than gushing from a spiritual life.
. Distaste for spiritual things. We always enjoy saying and doing the things that please the one we love most.
. Bondage signals a backslidden heart. He dutifully serves while having no heart for praise, worship, private prayer,
or any exercise spontaneous and delightful to those with love for God. (Spiritual bondage!)...
. An uncontrolled temper. When love fills a heart, its temper is naturally broken and sweet, or at least the will bridles
it and keeps it from breaking out.
. An uncharitable spirit--one that fails to put the best possible construction on everyone's behavior.
. An attitude of faultfinding, a quickness to fasten blame on others and judge them harshly...
- Author: Charles Finney
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Thomist dispensationalist Norman Geisler during the Bill Moyers special on reconstructionism stated that Christians want a moral nation,
not a Christian nation,1
he was speaking in the vein of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, arguably the most influential
political philosopher of the last three centuries...
Rousseau, defender of the infallible (and imaginary) "general will," of the indivisibility of human sovereignty, and of social egalitarianism,2
was also one of the first Enlightenment proponents of "civil religion," as set forth in chapter 8, book 4 of The Social Contract. Rousseau recognized the inescapably religious character of law and society, but deplored the influence of Christianity and Christians on the commonweal. He had nothing but contempt for a Christian citizenry:
. . . no State has ever been founded without a religious basis [but] the law of Christianity at bottom does
more harm by weakening than good by strengthening the constitution of the State.3
Rousseau depicted Christianity as an impotent, vacillating, dualistic, masochistic faith:...
- Author: Andrew Sandlin
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The following is taken from the Book, Adam2: A Guide For The Walk Home, written by our founder.
It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day.
It includes a summary of each chapter, a redacted study of each disciple, a brief study of Gnosticism of the time, pertinent timelines,
and much more. Each chapter of study includes extensive Biblical references to the notes on the chapter.
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We turn this month to John - Chapter 10 from the book: Adam2.
II. SCRIPTURAL STUDY
B. THE SHEPHERD'S CALL. 10:19-42
This simple statement that His sheep will hear His voice, when found, carries with it certain profound implications.
It is the source of which men for centuries have splintered in the view of Christ's call to a universal world.
It is not one this current study needs to address. We will simply say of those who are not His, that they are
not so because of the condition of their own heart and ears, and the choice they make to remain in their own
blindness caused by the Deceiver, as with Eve (and Adam).
For these reasons, and others, these rulers do not hear His call, therefore, they are not His; but, He has come to
take from among them those who are.
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Let us look for a moment at this truth of the recognition of His Voice when He calls. Consider how one recognizes
the authentic voice of another.
First, one sure way that comes to mind is simply from having heard it before. With this we are most familiar
(to be discussed shortly), but
Second, another way with which we are equally familiar is when, if they are published, we have read many of their
works and are quite studied in their words, maybe having committed a few of the more memorable ones to memory for
moments in solitude for reflection and enjoyment, such as those of Shakespeare, Browning, or better still, a contemporary
with whom we may have a chance encounter. We may never have seen a likeness of this one whose work we admire, but if in
this chance meeting, passing by not knowing who they are, yet hearing their voice, it would arrest our attention.
What we would hear would be familiar words spoken by one with such authority as to say this is the very author of
those words himself. (Is this not what those who heard Jesus speak say of Him, even as a child by these very ones
He is now before? Follow with me for now before you go off on that point.) A voice within us would say it was so,
and we would be convinced enough to remain, probably trying to convince a possible companion in our chance meeting.
And upon learning for certain through other confirmation, our words would be to those around us who knew of our hopeful
suspicion something like this: "See, I told you so!" Do I need to continue with this analogy with Christ as
the Word and His written Revelation that these Jews held within their memory for this same recognition,
as well as it should be for our own?
Third, but no less important: assume we have never heard this voice ourselves, or read his works to recognize
it when it speaks. Is it not, then, the credible witness of someone who has that we would trust equally as sure as
our own judgment? Certainly. It is precisely by this method Jesus chose for His identification to us for our
confirmation of Him—His Holy Spirit sent for this express purpose. As sure as He trusts Him, when He is sent,
to speak of no other, we can be as confident then when He speaks to our spirit and that voice deep within says
there is something familiar and agreeable with what we are hearing.
This can be seen in the woman at the well who had never met Jesus, but was convinced by only a few of His words of
the fact that this voice identified her as she knew herself to be, and unlike any other had known her in her entire life.
Through His Words, she knew beyond doubt that this was the One who had been promised. She did not know how He knew her,
but she knew that the core of her soul was brought to light in the Truth of His Words. No other has this power,
for only He knows the hearts of all people and will identify them in that meeting (as with Nathanael).
As a result of this unique understanding of ourselves revealed to us by this One who has engaged us, our recognition
of His Truth for the exact answer to our discovered condition cannot be denied (we may deny it to others, but it cannot
be to the voice within). Thus, He tells us first who we are—lost ones, searching for fulfillment in life and
the freedom for our spirits that seem to be crying out from within for outward release into someone
who truly recognizes and understands us, and who will accept and love us as we are when we meet. Secondly, He tells us who
He is, exactly in relation to us—the answer and complete embodiment of our lifelong search.
- Author: Ken Livingston
Are You Out Of Your Mind
Isaiah 55:8,9 - (NAS)
- For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
- For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Over the years when pressed into service for others in Jesus' name beyond your own human comfort zone,
into a realm that seemed to defy all logic and understanding, have you often wondered if you had reached
the limits of your sanity? You know you would not have chosen that particular path for that specific need
of another if you were in your right mind. You think to yourself: What was I thinking? You may have
had others who knew you best question your thoughts and actions, even saying to you: Are you out of your mind?
You agreed. You did feel deep within this wasn't the course any one in their right mind might have
chosen—the things you are called to do for or speak to another. However, there was no denying in your spirit
by Whom you were being led! As you continued obediently in faith, you may have had to defend your actions to others by
expressing your unconcern of their thoughts and attitudes toward you because of their lack of understanding where
God had placed you.
At this point, you may have had thoughts of the similarities of your experience and Job's experience with his three
friends who could not understand what he was experiencing in his time. Never before had you more understanding and
greater sympathy for his situation. You conclude your friends mean well but are not in the throes of the experience
and anointing of your unique calling for this moment. You do not judge. You know, you just know, you must press on
until He has done with you in the matter. Your obedience is required and His yoke and Joy remaineth upon you.
This is undeniable to you. As much as you may desire and try, you will never be able to convince your friends to understand.
Nor should you. Nor can they. This is something God has called you to do in quiet solitude and devotion to Him.
Jesus asked us never to do our alms to Him for others to see. Greater will be your reward in heaven when He alone
recognizes in total what you have done in private and personal for Him (Mt.6:4). Though your actions may be seen openly
because of the nature of your service, you and He alone know this you do for Him, in His name. You have come to the point
in surrender to Him where His recognition is all the recognition you seek. At times, even those you serve may seem to
resent your service or at the least you may feel you are being used. It matters not when you know you have both His
blessing and anointing for what you do. The human nature and reasoning would say: enough! and walk away. But you
are no longer listening with the human ear and applying human logic.
For the Christian who has indeed reached a level of growth in the heart of God's calming and satisfying love produced
by the Holy Spirit, the new creature in Christ has allowed the mind of Christ to thoroughly supplant the mind of the old creature
Newborn into His kingdom we were babes in Christ
We thought like a child, we spoke as a child, we acted as a child, we even expected from others as a child,
but when we grew up in Christ, we put away those childish ways and walked in the ways of maturity in Christ.
His mind began having more and more sway with each passing day, with each growing experience, each lesson learned,
each willful submission to Him as Lord in all areas of our lives
His Spirit now is busy at work pricking, prodding and poking at the old creature in our daily contact with the world. He is
constantly exposing remnants of the old life, convicting and presenting us continually with the choice of obedience in submission
for dissection any discovery of the old and insinuation of Himself into each new area we allow His cleansing
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- Author: Ken Livingston
The following is taken from the Book of New Testament Summaries.
[The "Gospel of God" and "His Son"
(1:1,9) as seen and written by Paul to Roman Christians
(1:7): to let them know he knew of their work and faith
(1:8), that he was coming there shortly
and to have on file in Rome, the capital of the world, a record of the Gospel of God through Jesus Christ.
Paul introduces himself by listing his credentials credible for his writing. First he identifies his position in ministry:
a servant; second, his calling: an Apostle; and thirdly, his purpose: to declare the message of the Gospel of God.
(NOTICE: Nowhere does he list his earthly achievements as qualifications for writing or speaking:
Phd's in law; his denomination affiliations: a Pharisee, etc. He is first and lastly a servant of Christ in the proclamation
of the message of God that there be no room for worldly human boasting! See II Cor.10:7-18; Ph.3:3-8.
Therefore, he is ready (1:15),
and able (
to preach God's Gospel to whomever called, at present in writing to Rome!) He salutes them, commends their much publicized faith,
expresses his longing to see them that he might impart to them some spiritual gift, together be edified, and finally,
clearly teach that the fruit of the gospel is God's righteousness established and lived out in man.
All men are seen at one point standing under the shadow of God's impending wrath because of his own ungodliness.
It is each's individual decision whether one remains so. Just as there are specific steps to be taken toward God,
coming under His umbrella of saving grace, there are successive steps away from Him, putting one in final jeopardy
of His irrevocable judgment (1:21,23,25,32): (1)
They became indifferent to God (failed to glorify Him), (2) therefore, they became ungrateful to Him (failed to be thankful),
(3) thus they became conceited (vain in their own imaginations), (4) now having no need of Him,
they omitted Him from their lives (worshipped the product of their own hands), and finally, (5) changed His truth into a lie!
This one will be given over to do those things naturally produced from within a wicked heart: all manner of despicable sin arising from
eventual unnatural affections, having gone so far from God (His knowledge, truth, and wisdom), filled (in total) with unrighteousness.
The end of this man is both logical and inevitable. (All of the above is not only applicable to the individual,
but to a nation as well, as seen with Israel of old and within any nation in decline.)
Since all men stand accused, guilty, and condemned before His Bench, God alone is holy enough to be judge.
Therefore, no man has the right to sit in judgment of another, no matter his level of righteousness attained
nor degree of works done! Both Jew and Gentile stand alike on equal footing in His Court. His Law is blind:
it can see only the sin and not the sinner, thus pointing to the guilty, irrespective of his earthly origin or achievements.
Because God is just, His judgment is just. He will separate the wheat from the chaff at the appropriate time,
after each has his own period of possible repentance and being wooed by God's freely given loving goodness,
seeing in his hard heart his own guilt and finally throwing himself at the mercy of His grace. Those who observe
to do His Law from a heart softened by Him will be spared His wrath. So, be careful not to judge another,
but also in your attempts to teach others His Law as you have been taught. See that your own life reflects it,
that His name be highly honored among all men, especially by the unbeliever. The Law kept only outwardly without
the heart ever receiving it, is vain, but the one who has his heart spiritually quickened by God when His Law
is received within, will be highly praised by Him, whether Jew or Gentile.
Paul now asks what advantage then is outward circumcision, or profit to the ceremonial Jew? Certainly there were unbelievers
(uncircumcised in heart) among them, but this alone does not negate the faith and purpose of the others who believed. To them
was committed the oracles of God for the benefit of all men, to be instructed in His ways that righteousness might come to all,
not only to the Jew (though first), but to the Gentile world as well. Clearly, then, it is seen that all stand guilty before a
righteous judge with none being justified by the Law, only condemned by it, everyone having violated it. Whether in some
small point, or in totality, it is broken! None are righteous, not one! The most lawful and unlawful both stand
condemned, for both are guilty on some point. No amount of man's own righteousness (right doing) will cover his personal violations.
Man's violations (sin), no matter how few or small, are larger than any amount of works he could do in ten lifetimes, unable to
be used as a cover or for mitigating circumstances to set him free. One dot of sin is sufficient to render any man guilty to the
extreme of offsetting a lifetime of good works! (
Therefore, no amount of works is capable of negating man's penalty or excusing him from the Law's violation. Now having
sufficiently made the case for every man's guilt (a sinner), and impossibility for any man to work off his own sentence to be set
free, Paul pivots in 3:21 to declare the grace of God and the hope for man. He has shown us our
unrighteousness; he now teaches the provision God Himself has made for our righteousness that we might go free—Faith in Jesus Christ
who served our sentence perfectly, now offering pardon. Guilty? Yes, all, but freely pardoned through acceptance of His work done
for us! So righteousness comes not by the Law, but through faith, not just blind faith, but faith in Jesus Christ. Why Him? Because
no other paid the required penalty to appease an offended God who might consider and grant us grace as we stand by His successful
Son's side as He pleads now for our pardon! God Himself has done the work (3:25),
and Christ has declared, it is finished! (
Hence, three consequences arise from faith in Christ: (1) Boasting in works is excluded
(vs.27), (2) God is for all men, Jew and Gentile
(vs.29), and (3) its work
(vs.31). So, because justified to go away free, yet not as his own,
rather now a servant of Christ who bought him with a price—justified not by your own works, but by faith in the works of Christ!
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Paul now uses Abraham, the first to be ordered ceremonially circumcised, as an example of any man justified by faith and not works.
His righteousness was imputed to him by God who saw his faith within his heart before receiving the ceremonial circumcision;
therefore, his righteousness did not come through the act of circumcision or any works previously performed.
His works were a result of his faith, his circumcision serving as: (1) a mere sign of his faith, and
(2) a seal of their relationship! The Law then serves only to bring man condemned before God. But faith
in the works of the Son sets him free, freely justified to inherit the righteousness of God (
and as a rightful heir to the promises made to Abraham (4:16)
who himself lived by faith, and not just to Abraham, but of Christ Himself who did what no other did or could do.
Paul concludes his argument for the universality of sin and the need for imputed righteousness. He teaches the benefits
of the gospel of God received by faith and not works: (1) we have peace with Him, (2)
we have access to Him, and (3) we have hope in Him. First this peace is more than being at ease with one's self;
it is being at one with God. He is no longer angry with us. He is pleased with, not what we have done, but what He has done and
we have accepted as a gift from Him! Therefore, through faith He is pleased and we find peace! (
Secondly, we have access to Him. The cross alone is the veil through which man may enter His presence,
accompanied now by the new High Priest who needed not to make atonement for His own sin before entering.
No longer annually restricted, we now may enter as often as desired. (Heb.6:19-28;
Thirdly, we have hope in God. Hope defined is that substance produced in the heart of man by his faith in the risen Christ (
His work was done while we were yet sinners abiding under God's wrath, and having turned from ungodliness, stepping toward God
and His provision of the cross, we are saved from His future judgment, having already been judged in Christ and pardoned by His
grace through our faith in Him. This is our hope! The hope of Glory! No longer under the shadow of His displeasure!
(An old refrain slips into memory: "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness..."
(I Co.15:4,14,17-20.) Once a beneficiary of Adam's inheritance, sold into slavery of sin, now
redeemed and a child of Christ's kingdom, at last set free! Through the former's disobedience—bound to sin,
but the latter's obedience—set free, and that eternally!
- Author: Ken Livingston
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