Daily Archives: April 15, 2019

April 15 The Lamb of God

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21–26

Key Verse: Romans 3:23

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

In her book The Vision of His Glory, Anne Graham Lotz explains the importance of the blood of Christ. She writes that under the Law of Moses, when someone sinned, the person was required to bring a lamb without blemish to the priest at the temple. The sinner was required to grasp the lamb with both hands and confess his sin. Lotz continues:

It was as though the guilt of the sinner was conveyed through his arms, down to his hands, and transferred to the lamb. Then the sinner took the knife and killed the lamb, so the lamb died as a direct result of the sinner’s action. The priest then took the blood of the lamb and sprinkled it on the altar to make atonement for the person’s sin.… When John the Baptist observed Jesus of Nazareth walking beside the Jordan River, he exclaimed, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” …

Today, when we grasp the Lamb of God with our “hands” of faith and confess our sin, the guilt of our sin is transferred to the Lamb. Although the Romans physically crucified Jesus, it was your sin and mine that was responsible for putting Him to death. He died as my personal sacrifice—and yours. His blood was sprinkled on the altar of the cross for your sin, and God accepted the sacrifice, granting you atonement, redemption, forgiveness, and a way back into His Presence through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.

Lord, thank You for the substitutionary death of Your Son, Jesus, whose blood was shed for my sin.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 110). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 15 The Sin Bearer

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:21–25

Key Verse: Isaiah 53:6

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

A teammate of a partially paralyzed football player tearfully told a national television audience that he would gladly take his injured friend’s place. What a noble gesture! Of course, it could only be a well-intentioned desire, for despite his empathy, he could not assume his friend’s painful condition.

Yet the miracle of the Incarnation was not just that infinite God became finite flesh, but that He did so to bear all our sin on the cross. In God’s magnificent mercy, our sin was heaped onto Jesus’ sinless deity at Calvary’s holy tree. Jesus did not merely sympathize with our helpless plight; He bore the penalty of our sin—spiritual and physical death—so we might be unshackled from death’s horrible irons.

God did that through the substitutionary sacrifice of His Son. Jesus was punished in your place and died for your sins, bearing the full wrath of the Father. Your sin debt has been paid. Jesus became sin for you so you might be restored to a right relationship with Him by faith in His glorious work.

The Sin Bearer has finished His task. Have you trusted Him for the gift of eternal life? Have you thanked Him for going to the tree on your behalf and dying your death?

Father God, my debt is paid! I rejoice! The Sin Bearer has finished His task. Thank You that I am restored to a right relationship with You by faith in the work of Your Son, Jesus.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 110). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 15 The Answer to Your Needs

Scripture reading: Luke 8:43–48

Key verse: Psalm 111:4

He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Jesus is very holistic. A good example is found in Luke 8 when He heals a woman who has experienced hemorrhaging for twelve years. It’s hard to imagine how this woman maintained her hope for healing, especially with the stigma that accompanied her illness. But she continued to look for a cure, and her determination brought her to the feet of the Savior.

A deep longing for love and acceptance is a normal need for any person, let alone someone who has been placed in forced isolation. The cruelty of Jewish tradition blocked this need from being met. Anyone who touched this woman was considered unclean.

The portrait Jesus provided is one of abundant mercy and grace. Not only did He heal her physical disease, but He also healed her spiritually and emotionally. Jesus was not repulsed by this woman’s suffering. He saw her need and knew that only He could meet it. No matter how complex life may appear, God has an answer for your needs. This woman believed if she could just stretch out her hand far enough to touch the hem of Christ’s outer garment, she would be healed. What a tremendous demonstration of faith!

In His compassion, Jesus turned to her and said, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8:48). What is your need? Will you place it in the hands of the Savior and trust Him to meet it in His timing?

You are the answer to all my needs! Dear Lord, I place everything in Your hands and entrust it to Your loving care.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 110). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

White House Implements New Policy Of Dropping All Illegal Immigrants Off At Nancy Pelosi’s House — The Babylon Bee

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—This morning, Nancy Pelosi began her daily routine. She put on a pot of coffee, brushed her teeth, and oiled up her squeaky joints. Emerging into the living room, however, she encountered a shocking scene.

President Trump was just leaving from having dropped off a truckload of illegal immigrants right into Pelosi’s living room, part of a new test program being implemented by the White House this week.

“Good luck, Nance! Ha!” Trump shouted as he jumped back in the presidential Ford F-150 and drove away.

According to sources with ICE, Trump had picked them all up in the California desert late Sunday evening, promising them steady work. He then high-tailed it to San Francisco, careened the truck straight through the large wall surrounding Nancy Pelosi’s residence, and backed it up to her living room window.

“OK, everyone out!” he had bellowed. “Get-oh out-oh of the truck-o! Exitomundo, pronto! Arriba!” Trump then threw a tortilla into the middle of Nancy Pelosi’s living room in an attempt to get the frightened immigrants moving. Finally, he just began ranting incoherently about Mexico, Robert Mueller, and witch hunts, which scared them enough to cause them to scramble into Pelosi’s house.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that Pelosi called security to remove the immigrants from her home and rebuild her wall.

via White House Implements New Policy Of Dropping All Illegal Immigrants Off At Nancy Pelosi’s House — The Babylon Bee

Ron Paul: “As Long As Assange Is In Prison, We Are All In Prison” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Last week’s arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by the British government on a US extradition order is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on the US Constitution. It is an attack on the free press. It is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on our right to know what our government is doing with our money in our name. Julian Assange is every bit as much a political prisoner as was Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary or Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

They, and so many more, were imprisoned because they told the truth about their governments.

Repressive governments do not want their citizens to know that they are up to so they insist on controlling the media. We are taught, at the same time, that we have a free press whose job it is to uncover the corruption in our system so that we can demand our political leaders make some changes or face unemployment. That, we are told, is what makes us different from the totalitarian.

The arrest of Assange is a canary in a coal mine to warn us that something is very wrong with our system.

What’s wrong? The US mainstream media always seems to do the bidding of the US government. That is why they rushed to confirm Washington’s claim that the Assange indictment was not in any way about journalism. It was only about hacking government computers!

As the New York Times said in an editorial, sounding like a mouthpiece of the US government, Julian Assange committed “an indisputable crime.” But was it? As actual journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote last week, what Julian Assange did in 2010, for which he is facing extradition to the US, is no different from what New York Times and other journalists do every day! He attempted to help Chelsea Manning shield his identity as he blew the whistle on US government crimes to a publisher. The information in question included a video showing US military personnel participating in and cheering the murder of Iraqi civilians. Why is it criminal for us to know this?

The difference is that what Assange and Manning did embarrassed the US government, which was lying to us that it was “liberating” Iraq and Afghanistan when it was actually doing the opposite. Mainstream journalists publish “leaks” that help bolster the neocon or other vested narratives of the different factions of the US government. That’s why the US media wants to see Assange in prison, or worse: he upset their apple cart.

The lesson is clear: when you bolster the government’s narrative you are a “brave journalist.” When you expose corruption in government you are a criminal. Do we really want to live in a country where it is illegal to learn that our government is engaged in criminal acts? I thought we had an obligation as an engaged citizenry to hold our government accountable!

As long as Julian Assange is in prison, we are all in prison. When the government has the power to tell us what we we allowed to see, hear, and know, we no longer live in a free society. Julian Assange will be extradited to the US and he will have dozens of charges piled on. They want him to disappear so that the next Assange will think twice before informing us of our government’s crimes. Are we going to let them steal our freedom?

Source: Ron Paul: “As Long As Assange Is In Prison, We Are All In Prison”

Are You a Victim of Deceitful Schemers? — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The perfect spiritual victims for deceitful schemers are those with warm hearts and empty heads. The church is full of folks today who have “a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge” (Rom. 10:2). They have a form of godliness but it is not biblically grounded. They are seeking feelings and experiences but not doctrinal truth. They are content to attend churches that do not expound the Scriptures, just as long as they are emotionally moved by the music or drama and comforted by relevant programs.
Gary E. Gilley, Is That You Lord? Pg.23

via Are You a Victim of Deceitful Schemers? — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The True Tyranny of America in Light of Tax Day and the American Tea Party — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

In the days leading up to the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party was a direct action protest against the British government by British-American subjects in the Massachusetts Bay colony of Boston. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists dressed up as Native American Indians boarded these ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. This event remains one of the most memorialized historic events in U.S. history, and its relevance has recently reemerged due to excessive U.S. government growth and its outrageous spending.

We must do all we can, of course, but our hope and expectation must derive from Almighty God. In Him alone is there true deliverance in light of the oncoming tyranny at hand.

Today we have seen an exponential growth of Government and Taxation to a level unprecedented at any other time in our 400-year history. Today, Big Government is reaching into every facet of our lives, and no one or no thing is safe from the brand and bondage. As our God given freedoms and moral rights are being aggressively removed by constitutional apostate Americans, we Americans find ourselves facing a new kind of Governmental tyranny and bondage from which we likely will never be liberated. We must do all we can, of course, but our hope and expectation must derive from Almighty God. In Him alone is there true deliverance in light of the oncoming tyranny at hand.

A Far Greater Tyranny

The Lord Jesus talked of a far greater tyranny to man than Big Government, excessive taxation, burdensome mandates and ceaseless intrusions into the lives of its citizens.

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin (John 8:34).

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned – For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one – That as sin hath reigned unto death (Rom. 5:12, 17a, 21a).

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Rom. 7:24)

(Other verses: Job 14:1-4, Psalm 51:5, Eph 2:1-3, Rom. 3:23, 5:12, 17a, 21, 7:14-25)

Satan’s Oppressive Rule Over Fallen Mankind

And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Heb. 2: 13-15).

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Eph. 2:1-3).

[In light of Lucifer, i.e., Satan] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Is. 14:17)

(Other verses: 2 Cor. 4:4, Luke 4:6-7, Rev.12,13)

True Freedom and Deliverance

Only in Christ is there great freedom and deliverance from the bondage of Satan and our human depravity, the outworking of sin and its terrible consequences (John 8:32, 36; Rom. 7:24-25; Heb. 2:14-16). Humanity has never and will never be able to govern itself, not in this fallen world. Tyranny and the unbridled passions of man will always win the day. Six thousand years of human history has testified to that fact. Our Founding Fathers realized that truth, and that only a moral and God-fearing people would ever have a chance of outworking the kind of human government that could check the depraved appetites of fallen humanity and preserve the basic liberties and freedoms endowed by their Creator. We as a nation today have discarded a sense of healthy morals and ethical guidelines, and are sadly reaping the tyrannical social consequences. Oppressive tyranny is not too far off here in America. When this tyranny and its fearful ramifications fully manifest themselves, what then?

We as a nation today have discarded a sense of healthy morals and ethical guidelines, and are sadly reaping the tyrannical social consequences.

Ask yourself this very simple question. How can an imperfect humanity who lives in an imperfect world bring about an absolutely perfect “Utopian” society? (See Romans 7:24) The answer is a no-brainer yet extremely hard for humanity to digest: it never can. The only hope and deliverance for humanity today is found in its wonderful Creator and Redeemer, The Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior today? Only He can deliver you from the oppressive tyranny of Satan and the World System. He is the only deliverer from our bondage to Sin and all its awful consequences (Romans 6:23). He has come to set at liberty the sons of men (Rom. 4:17,18, 6:14,17-18, 22; 7: 24-25; 8:2, 21; Gal. 5:1; Eph. 4:8). May it be your sincere desire to put your trust in Him today!

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).

The Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!

Edited by BEL I.F.

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via The True Tyranny of America in Light of Tax Day and the American Tea Party — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog