As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle. "But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work" (John 5:17). The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. III. And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. A man had two sons. His Redemption redeems us from sins committed-- IF we love Him, walk with Him, believe Him, and obey Him. “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. Obedience was commanded in the Old Testament, this is true. W I have been crucified with Christ. Preface ow hard-hearted people can be! "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the Power of God" (1Corinthians 2:5). || Tribulation Topics || Download Page || Today's Entry And since "even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right" (Proverbs 20:11), it is only the Scriptures that can give us the Wisdom needed to discern what is in the heart of a person. That such an exhibition of Christ will produce great and manifest changes in the character of those who hear. ‣ 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through Death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: 23 IF YE CONTINUE IN THE FAITH GROUNDED AND SETTLED, and BE NOT MOVED AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL, which ye have heard" (Colossians 1:19-23), because "blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8). Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
That God has great delight in the Atonement of Christ. Of course, just saying the words is simplistically easy, but the "how" of God's accomplishing His Will in us, with all of our "nooks and crannies" that need His attention, literally fills our lifetimes "as a tale that is told" (Psalm 90:9). Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. When they heard these things they fell silent. And since the LORD sees directly into the hearts of men, He understands firsthand, when He says, "My Thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My Ways, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 55:8). For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”. ‣ Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? Unrighteousness, whether found in the hearts of the backslidden, or found in the hearts of those who have never confessed to belong to Christ, can be seen and known by judging conduct. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. Labs And it is Jesus Christ, Whose "Name is called The Word of God" (Revelation 19:13), that promises to all who will believe Him, "26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Without Me ye can do nothing" (Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 15:5).
For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. The Redemption given to us by the truly Awesome Act of Love from Jesus the Crucified, "Who gave Himself a Ransom for all" (1Timothy 2:6), was just as consummate and effectual as the Death He truly died. Fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. Man's efforts to redeem himself bring to fruition only "vanity and vexation". Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. "Is not My Word like as a Fire? N And renew a right spirit within me. He is the Knowledge and the Wisdom by Whom EVERY man is Lighted "that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).
‣ Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. "For God, Who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2Corinthians 4:6). --from "The Gospel the Savor of Life or of Death" ---New Window Lecture XV (from the "Oberlin Evangelist", 1840 ---New Window) I.
And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. For those of us who are called by His Name, the purpose and goal of our Jesus-- His Work-- is that we be a holy people. OpenBible.info It is assumed that, with such hopelessness and deception, how can an evil heart ever convert to the extreme opposite? I will be like the most High" (Isaiah 14:13-14). Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! 7); by an act of creative power (בּרא) make in me a new clean heart. But the LORD distinctly said, through James, that "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (James 2:17). "How much MORE shall the Blood of Christ... PURGE your conscience from dead works to SERVE the living God?" Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers.
His Blood is REAL and has POWER to "CREATE"! For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. His Power, from The Beginning, has demonstrated His complete Omnipotence in all areas of existence, "for by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him" (Colossians 1:16). And such were some of you. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
His Omniscience and "determinate Counsel and Foreknowledge" (Acts 2:23) give Him Divine Advantage in the choices HE makes. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”.
And the Godhead, the Trinity, the "Three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these Three are One" (1John 5:7), have given of Themselves to us, sacrificially and with all love, that we would be "without excuse" (Romans 1:20) for denying them. NO! While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15). . Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? But with the LORD as man's Source of Strength and Wisdom, he "bringeth forth his fruit in his season... and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (Psalm 1:3). V B That is a lie, born in the heart of Satan when he discounted God's Word and Divine Being as meeting only his own desires. ‣ For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. And the majority, "for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to destruction" (Matthew 7:13), shall surely see "destruction". An increasingly large number of inhabitants occupying this beautiful planet seem to have no conscience whatsoever. THIS IS THE MECHANICS OF HOW GOD CHANGES HEARTS. But the New Testament carries that same Banner. Excerpt by C. G. Finney: "God will be as truly honored in the damnation of those who reject, as in the salvation of those who receive Christ. Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”. The Father "hath in these Last Days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed Heir Of All Things, by Whom also He made the worlds" (Hebrews 1:2) and "left not Himself without witness, in that He did Good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness" (Acts 14:17).
Excerpt by C. G. Finney: "Moral fools are those whose intelligence remains unimpaired, but who refuse to use it, and who give themselves up to be controlled by their sensibility and their passions as if they had no intelligence at all.
He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John. We are commanded, "Put ye on the LORD Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof" (Romans 13:14). But even those who refuse to love and serve the LORD, God will use for His Own purposes. Why will you die, O house of Israel? Amen, and amen. K Purpose ||.What's New And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. "Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14). "18 Forasmuch as ye KNOW that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 but with the Precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot... 21 who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him Glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. "20 By their fruits ye shall know them. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Heaven belongs to you forever!
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? And so, being "without excuse" (Romans 1:20), hell-bound people certainly CANNOT rightly blame God for their plight, even though they do so unrighteously.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations. You will see hearts change. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. Z. After all, "God is not the God of the dead, but of the Living" (Matthew 22:32).