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GOVERNED BY THE WORD OF GOD

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by David Wilkerson

If Christ reigns as the supreme authority over his kingdom, and we are his
subjects, then our lives must be governed by him. What does it mean, exactly,
to be governed by Jesus?

According to the dictionary, to govern means “to guide, to direct, to control
all actions and behavior of those under authority.” In short, Jesus must be
allowed to control all of our actions and behavior, including our every
thought, word and deed.

Jesus also rules the nations of the world. The Bible tells us, “He ruleth by
his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt
themselves” (Psalm 66:7). “The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens;
and his kingdom ruleth over all” (Psalm 103:19).

Don’t be fooled—our country is not ruled by Republicans, Democrats or any
human authority. It is not controlled by Wall Street or big business entities.
No power, earthly or supernatural, rules America or any other nation. God alone
is in control. He sits as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, ruling and reigning
over all creation from his heavenly throne.

All across America we’re seeing awful moral decay, the rise of the occult,
rampant sexual deviations, raging “in your face” atheism. Some Christians fear
that the hordes of hell are slowly taking over our nation, establishing Satan’s
kingdom of darkness.

We need not worry. Isaiah assures us, “The Lord hath broken the staff of the
wicked, and the scepter of the rulers…. How art thou fallen from heaven, O
Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations! …Thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the
pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee,
saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake
kingdoms” (Isaiah 14:5, 12, 15–16).

Beloved, our God is not one bit anxious about Satan. He isn’t fretting over
what we see as an evil takeover of our nation. With just one word from our
Lord’s mouth, Satan will be gone forever, tormented for eternity. Therefore, we
are to fear no evil.

In no other kingdom does God rule as supremely and as powerfully as in his own
kingdom—the one he has established in the hearts of his people.

Jesus said, “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). And it is
within this kingdom—the realm of our hearts—that Christ rules supreme over
his people, guiding us, healing us, governing our actions and behavior.

“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end” (Isaiah
9:7). This verse speaks of Jesus’ endless rule throughout eternity. Yet it also
has another significant meaning: We must always increase our submission to our
King’s rule.

Can you honestly say that day after day, Jesus’ government over you is
increasing? Are you bringing your behavior more and more under his authority?

You may wonder—If Jesus is in heaven, ruling in all authority at the right
hand of the Father, how does he go about governing his kingdom here on earth?
We find the answer in the book of Hebrews. The author tells us that in the Old
Testament, God spoke to his people through the prophets. But today the Lord has
chosen to speak through his Son (see Hebrews 1:1–2).

Jesus is God’s explicit message to us—the divine Word made flesh. In turn,
the Father has sent the Holy Ghost to us today to remind us of the words Jesus
spoke while on earth. Thus, Jesus governs us by the written, revealed Word of
God. The Bible is our ruler’s scepter, by which he makes his Word known to us.

If you want to hear the testimony of a man who was governed by God’s written
Word, you can find it in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that
I might not sin against thee” (also see verses 105, 123, 133, 162).

Written by Sean Scott

July 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

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Do you really believe it?

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“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark 16:16)

“when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; ” (2 Thes 1:7-9)

“And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. ” (Luke 16:24)

Do you really believe these scriptures?  Do you really believe that those who don’t know Christ and those who reject the gospel will be punished and suffer eternal destruction?  That like the rich man they will be tormented in eternal flames without the hope of getting so much as a drop of water to relieve their pain?   Think about it.  Your unsaved family members, your co-workers, your neighbor that you talk to, your casual acquaintances ….  all these people, apart from true faith in Christ, will come under God’s judgment and be eternally damned.  They will be cast away from God’s presence, excluded from God’s goodness and grace, and eternally be tormented and punished under the judgment of God.  No matter how much they plead for mercy or beg for a pardon they will never receive one.  They will be hopelessly lost……forever.   And I’m not talking about people in some foreign country far away.  I’m talking about people that you personally know.  People that you talk to on a daily basis and have a relationship with.

So let me ask you this… Do the people in your life know that you believe these things to be true? If I were to go to your unsaved family members, your neighbors, your coworkers..etc .. would they tell me that not only is your life style different but that you have testified to them about the truth of the gospel?  I mean, if you really believed these things to be true surely compassion would lead you to warn men and share with them how they might be pardoned and escape the wrath to come. If you really believed these truths how could you not sit down and have meaningful conversations, with people you know, about their spiritual state and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  A real belief in the gospel will always produce a concern for others and lead one to testify to others about the salvation that can only be found in Jesus.

You don’t have to be an evangelist to testify to what you have received in Christ.   You just have to be a true convert who has really experienced God’s salvation.  Those close to you should be able to testify that you believe what you say you believe and that you have expressed concern for their soul.  They may think your crazy but they will know that you are sincere.

I pray others can testify that you’ve warned them about the wrath to come and the salvation that God has provided in Jesus Christ…a testimony that you do in fact believe the gospel.

Written by Sean Scott

July 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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The Emergent Elijah

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The Emergent Elijah by David Green

What if the Emergent Church crowd could re-write some of the “mean” parts of the Bible? What would it look like? The following is an account from the story of Elijah & the prophets of Baal. Much of the narrative is from actual things Brian McLaren has written in his books (McLaren is one of the main advocates of the “emergents”).

Elijah said to Ahab, “You have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and you have followed Baal. Although I don’t agree with that decision, I can’t condemn it. After all, no one has all the truth. I understand that Israel has some truth and so does the religion of Baal. We’re all seekers of ultimate truth. Therefore, let us unite with the prophets of Baal. Now then send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table. And let us all have a conversation” (I Kings 18:18-19).

So Ahab sent a message among all the sons of Israel, and brought the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will we hesitate between two opinions? Forever, I say! The Lord might be God, or Baal might be God. We all have our own personal opinion as to who God is, but let’s face it: We might be wrong. So let us be open to Baal. Remember, Judge not lest ye be judged!” But the people did not answer him a word (I Kings 18:20-21).

Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. I’m not saying this proves that Baal is the true God, but it is a powerful argument for Baal, wouldn’t you agree? So let’s be open to what the prophets of Baal have to teach us.” (I Kings 18:22).

“Now —- it, I know that some of you have proposed that we put Baal to the test and see if either Baal or Yahweh will give us a sign from heaven. But this is wrong. Even if fire came down from heaven, that wouldn’t prove anything. If we thought that fire proved that Yahweh was the true God, we would be arrogant. Our certainty would be based on evidence that could easily be explained by natural phenomenon. So instead of having the arrogance of certainty, let us instead have a humble conversation and unite in the unity of love with the prophets of Baal.” And all the people answered Elijah and said, “That is a good idea” (I Kings 18:23-24).

So Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “We respect your beliefs, prophets of Baal. We Israelites do not have absolute certainty about the God of Israel. In truth, we might be wrong. We’re only relatively certain that we’re onto something when we worship Yahweh. Therefore we don’t judge you when you call out to Baal or when you cut yourselves with swords and lances until blood gushes out. Additionally, we don’t believe that Yahweh is at war with Baal. God has not called his followers to gain victory or to triumph over his enemies. Yahweh does not want us to conquer the hearts of men through evangelism. “Conquest” is a trait of evil, white, European, male Christianity. We’re above and beyond such mean-spirited hurtfulness” (I Kings 18:25-29).

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. And Elijah took the same number stones as there are world religions, and he said, “To the prophets of Baal and to all sincere worshipers of deities, we unite with you in true love and unity. The lion is lying down with the lamb. Amen?” (I Kings 18:30-39).

Then Elijah said to the people, “Shake hands with the prophets of Baal. Hug them as your spiritual brothers”. So they hugged them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and made them members of his church. (I Kings 18:40).

Written by Sean Scott

July 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

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