Daily Archives: March 6, 2021

March 6 Evening Quotes of The Day

Leaning on Christ Alone
Proverbs 3:5; Song of Songs 8:5; 2 Kings 18:21; Isaiah 36:6

Everything that a man leans upon but God will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through.… He that leans only upon the bosom of Christ lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.


Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Comparing Ourselves to God Shows Our True Selves
Luke 18:9–14; Romans 3:9–24; 5:12–21

Such is our innate pride that we always seem to ourselves just, and upright, and wise, and holy, until we are convinced, by clear evidence, of our injustice, vileness, folly, and impurity. We are not convinced, however, if we look only to ourselves, and not to the Lord also—He being the only standard by the application of which this conviction can be produced. For, since we are all naturally prone to hypocrisy, any empty semblance of righteousness is quite enough to satisfy us instead of righteousness itself.


Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 6 Evening Verse of The Day

14:19 In 2Co 11:23–25, Paul may be referring to this event of stoning—a severe bodily trauma. He was left for dead.[1]

14:19 what promotes peace The Greek phrase used here, ta tēs eirēnēs, refers to actions that do not cause hostility but create harmonious relationship between believers.[2]

14:19 Thus another principle emerges. Instead of bickering over inconsequential matters, we should make every effort to maintain peace and harmony in the Christian fellowship. Instead of stumbling others by insisting on our rights, we should strive to build up others in their most holy faith.[3]

14:19 “let us pursue” This term, diōkō, an OT idiom common in the Septuagint and also common in Paul’s writings, means “to follow eagerly” or “endeavor earnestly to acquire.” Paul uses this word in Rom. 9:30, 31; 12:13; and here in the sense of “pursue,” but in 12:14 he uses it for those who persecute believers (cf. 1 Cor. 4:12; even himself, 15:9; 2 Cor. 4:9; Gal. 1:13, 23; Phil. 3:6).

This is either a PRESENT ACTIVE INDICATIVE (MSS א, A, B, F, G, L & P) or a PRESENT ACTIVE SUBJUNCTIVE (MSS C, D) used in the sense of an IMPERATIVE. The UBS puts the SUBJUNCTIVE in its text, but gives it a “D” rating (with great difficulty).

Notice the things Christians should pursue.

  1. hospitality, 12:13
  2. the things that make for peace and the building up of one another, 14:19
  3. love, 1 Cor. 14:1
  4. Christlikeness, Phil. 3:12, 14
  5. what is good for one another and for all men, 1 Thess. 5:15
  6. righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness, 1 Tim. 6:11
  7. righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart, 2 Tim. 2:22

© “for peace and the building up of one another” This should be the believer’s goal in all things (cf. Ps. 34:14; Heb. 12:14). One’s personal freedom and theological understanding must lead to the stability and growth of the body of Christ (cf. 15:2; 1 Cor. 6:12; 14:26; Eph. 4:12). See Special Topic: Edify at 15:2.[4]

19. Let us then pursue the things that lead to peace and to mutual edification.

Note the following:

  • Peace is a gift which God in Christ imparts to the church (John 14:27; 16:33; 20:19, 21, 26; Rom. 15:33; 16:20: 2 Cor. 13:11). He is “the God of peace” (Phil. 4:9; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:16). Therefore genuine peace is “the gift of God” (Phil. 4:7).

This does not mean, however, that we can take this peace for granted. On the contrary, here in 14:19 we are being reminded that it is our duty to “pursue the things that make for peace.” This is in line with the thinking of Peter (1 Peter 3:11), of the author of the epistle to the Hebrews (12:14), and, much earlier, of the Psalmist (34:14).

  • Mutual edification. This expression shows that Paul conceives of the church as being an edifice. This implies that it is a united body. However, this edifice or building must not be thought of as being finished. No, it is constantly rising (Eph. 4:16). Even the individual stones are anything but static. If matters are as they should be, the stones are in the process of being made more and more beautiful. Moreover, they are living stones! (1 Peter 2:5).

The main building material is love (Eph. 4:16). This is even more important than liberty. “Be careful that the exercise of your liberty does not become a stumbling block to the weak” (1 Cor. 8:9). In fact, love is even better than knowledge. “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Cor. 8:1).[5]

19. Let us then pursue. The contextual sense favours the subjunctive diōkōmen rather than the indicative diōkomen, ‘we pursue’ (cf. 5:1, where the indicative is the more probable reading).

For mutual upbuilding. To ‘build up the common life’ (neb).[6]

19 After his “indicative” interlude, Paul turns back to “imperative,” exhorting the Roman Christians to put into practice in their relationships with each other the principles of the kingdom that he has just set forth (vv. 17–18). This verse, then, introduces the concluding section of commands in this paragraph (vv. 19–23), a section that matches, in both structure and, to a lesser extent, content, the opening series of exhortations (vv. 13–16). Having made “peace” a basic feature of the kingdom of God (v. 17), Paul now exhorts the Roman Christians to “pursue” “those things that make for peace.”638 This “peace,” more clearly here than in v. 17, is horizontal: peace with other Christians. As v. 20 makes clear, Paul is still addressing the strong: he calls on them to maintain the kind of attitude and behavior with respect to the matters of dispute in the Roman church that will foster harmony between the two factions. Paul exhorts them also to pursue “those things that make for edification of one another.” Paul probably is thinking more of the edification, or “building up,” of the church as a whole than of the edification of individual believers.640 “Those things” that edify the church are probably, then, a more specific way of describing “those things” that lead to peace. The strong believers will foster peace in the community by making the interests of the church as a whole their priority.[7]

19 The entire church is urged to pursue peace (harmony between the two groups being the immediate application), which alone can provide the atmosphere in which “mutual edification” can take place. It will be recalled that oikodomē “(GK 3869, lit., “building up”) was Paul’s key word in dealing with the problems created by the manifestation of spiritual gifts in the Corinthian situation (1 Co 14:5, 12, 26). Mutual edification implies that the strong, despite their tendency to look down on the weak, may actually learn something from them. It may be that they will come to appreciate loyalty to a tender conscience and begin to search their own hearts to discover that they have cared more about maintaining their position than about loving those who are weaker. Through the fresh manifestation of love by the strong, the weak will be lifted in spirit and renewed in faith and life.[8]

[1] Klassen, M., & Porter, S. E. (2017). Acts. In S. McDowell (Ed.), The Apologetics Study Bible for Students (p. 1366). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 14:19). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1737). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 14:19). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, p. 465). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 252). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[7] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, pp. 875–876). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[8] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 210). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

March 6 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

We Are Not Our Own; We Are God’s
1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 7:23

We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor our will should predominate in our deliberations and actions. We are not our own; therefore let us not propose it as our end, to seek what may be expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own; therefore let us, as far as possible, forget ourselves and all things that are ours. On the contrary, we are God’s; to him therefore let us live and die. We are God’s; therefore let his wisdom and will preside in all our actions. We are God’s; towards him therefore, as our only legitimate end, let every part of our lives be directed.


Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Learn to Love Yourself, Then Love Others
Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8

The right order requires that you should study to care for your own conscience before charging yourself with the care of those of others. That is the first step of piety.… It is from this first step that a well-ordered charity proceeds by a straight path to the love of one’s neighbor, for the precept is to love him as ourselves.… If you shall have first learned to love yourself then you will know, perhaps, how you should love me.


Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

6 Mar 2021 News Briefing


Russia signals openness to the US, could that change the Middle East?
Russia is signaling a willingness to open a new page in relations with the US… TASS state media in Moscow said that Russia’s foreign ministry would respond constructively to US signals. “We look upon these relations as those of an equal, mutually respectful and mutually beneficial partnership,” the ministry said. Russia says that it has never refused to cooperate with the US, even in difficult times.

Ballistic missiles target north Syria oil facilities in rare attack
An unusual attack on oil facilities in Turkish-occupied northern Syria occurred on Friday evening. Locals reported large explosions near Al-Bab and Jarablus. Turkey invaded this area in the fall of 2016 in Operation Euphrates Shield. The use of ballistic missiles points to a sophisticated state-backed operation against the oil facilities.

US: Our Middle East allies don’t get blank check to oppose US interests
The Biden administration issued a warning…to its allies in the Middle East not to oppose US policies and not to seek military solutions… “We do not believe that military force is the answer to the region’s challenges, and we will not give our partners in the Middle East a blank check to pursue policies at odds with American interests and values,” it said in a document posted on the White House website…

Democrats Just Snuck a $1 Billion Tax Hike on Workers Into Their COVID Bill
When the economy is struggling to recover from a pandemic and crushing government lockdowns, that’s probably the worst time to impose $1 billion in new annual taxes on the working class. But that’s exactly what a new provision quietly slipped into the Democrats’ sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID legislation would do.

Egypt’s el-Sisi visits Sudan for Nile dam talks
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visited Sudan on Saturday for the first time since the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir, as the neighbours push to break a diplomatic deadlock over a giant dam being built by Ethiopia. El-Sisi was also due to discuss Red Sea security and developments on Sudan’s borders during his visit to Khartoum, Egypt’s presidency said in a statement.

Severe flooding damages hundreds of buildings, strands 14 000 people in Piura, Peru
As many as 14 000 people have been cut off after flooding hit the Piura Region in northern Peru, the National Institute of Civil Defence (INDECI) reported on March 2, 2021. Up to 187 homes have been damaged, as well as public buildings and roads. Intense rains hit the districts of Tambogrande, Las Loma, Chulucanas, and Canchaque, triggering floods that damaged roads, homes, and public buildings.

Japan Supercomputer Finds Double-Masking Doesn’t Work
Many Americans are asking themselves: Is double making offering more protection against COVID-19 than a single mask? To answer that question, we ask readers: Does anyone wear two condoms? The answer is probably no. But members of the Biden administration and at least one state governor are touting the extra benefits of double masking.

Severe Tropical Cyclone “Niran” heading toward New Caledonia
Severe Tropical Cyclone “Niran” (Category 5 on the Australian scale) is tracking ESE at 46 km/h (28 mph) and is forecast to pass very near New Caledonia on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

25TH ON DECK: White House Has Already Begun Substituting VP Harris For ‘President’ Biden As Kamala Takes The Lead In Call With Israeli PM Netanyahu
In a move that stunned even seasoned politicos, nascent vice president Kamala Harris was the person running the call with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, while ‘president’ Joe Biden was nowhere to be seen. Not only that, but Biden is the first president in 100 years to not hold a press conference within 33 days of taking office. For someone who bragged on the campaign trail about what good shape he was in, he sure doesn’t get around much.

The “Fourth Reich” – Nazis in charge – coming cosmic false flag
In his 2009 book entitled, “The Rise of the Fourth Reich,” the late Jim Marrs warned about, “The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America.”

What If World War III Has Already Started Only It’s Like Nothing You Ever Expected? It Began Last Year And Is Already Entering Into Second Phase 
The weapons of warfare changed dramatically from the time of the Spanish-American War to the dawn of WWI that used airplanes to wage war. And the transition from WWI to WWII saw another paradigm shift primarily with the ground-breaking technology developed by the Nazis with their V1 cruise missiles and V2 rocket-powered ballistic missiles. And WWIII that started last year right around this same time last March. Well, that war is using weapons that no one except for maybe hardcore bible believers ever saw coming.

False Prophet Pope Francis Arrives Triumphantly In Iraq To Claim Abraham As The Foundation Of His End Times One World Religion Of Chrislam
For all you end times lovers of bible prophecy, what is happening right now on the ground in Iraq, in Ur of the Chaldees, is a stunning fulfillment of 2,000 year old words spoken by the prophets and apostles for us who are alive right now in these last days. If you were waiting for “something to start”, you’re about a year too late, it’s not only begun but for us who are saved, will soon be over. Flight #777 beckons, is your seat book for the coming trip to the clouds? Now let’s get the update on Chrislam in Iraq with the False Prophet Jorge Bergoglio.

More than 1,170 people have died after coronavirus vaccines in the U.S. alone (so far)
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of a Nebraska man who died not long after getting injected for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

EXC: Bill Gates Foundation Funded Genomics Firm ‘Mining’ DNA Data Through COVID Tests.
The company has recently come under fire following a 60 Minutes exposé on the company’s use of COVID-19 tests to “collect, store and exploit biometric information” on American citizens, according to former U.S. intelligence officials. What’s more, a recent Reuters article linked the firm to the Chinese Communist Party’s military.

Sweet Dreams America, the Pre-Tribulation Nightmare Is Almost Over
You live in a country in which an election was stolen, and even with irrefutable proof as seen on television, there is a complete denial and blackout on the truth.

As Insurrection Narrative Crumbles, Democrats Cling To It More Desperately Than Ever
If the threat of “armed insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists” is as great as some claim, why do they have to keep lying and peddling crude media fictions about it?

Source: 6 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready

Headlines – 3/6/2021

White House policy: No ‘blank check’ for Israel to pursue anti-American policies

ICC probe expected to advance in coming weeks; Israel to decide if cooperating

New polls show Likud-led bloc unable to form coalition

Israel Elections: Can Bennett go from kingmaker to prime minister?

Biden and Europe allies worry Israel is preparing a substantial attack on Iran

Biden extends US National Emergency, sanctions against Iran

Turkey wants maritime border with Israel, Erdogan confidante says

Missile strikes hit oil refineries in northern Syria, killing one

US: Russia blocks Syria chemical weapons use accountability

US accuses Russia of covering up Assad regime’s war crimes

Displaced Syrians face losing homes to new government fines

Nigerian pastor freed by Boko Haram hours before execution: ‘I thank God’

Pope Francis touches down in Baghdad, hoping to boost an ancient Christian church and a war-torn country

Pope honors massacre victims at Baghdad church

In historic first visit to Iraq, Pope Francis calls to end violence, extremism

Pope Francis meets with top Iraqi Shiite cleric Sistani in interfaith milestone

Swiss mull ‘burqa ban’ in vote centering on security, rights

Saudi-led coalition says it downed six Houthi drones fired at Khamis Mushait

Russia jails Israeli dual national for alleged ties to Putin opposition group

U.S., Canada hail Taiwan’s ‘freedom pineapples’ after Chinese ban

China’s Plan for Digital Yuan Imperils Bitcoin’s Biggest Markets

Bitcoin Storm Brewing Over Trump’s Anti-Money Laundering Push

Hyperinflation Pushes Venezuela to Print 1,000,000-Bolivar Bills

Nikki Haley lambasts Biden for rejoining UNHRC, renewing funding to UNRWA

Eric Swalwell sues Trump and allies over Capitol riot, says he’s suffering from ‘severe emotional distress’

No Wonder Democrats Are Delaying Everything Related to the 2020 Election – Irregular Ballots from the 2020 Election in Arizona Can be Destroyed Six Months After the Election

Indiana AG Todd Rokita: H.R. 1 Kills Voter ID Laws, Sends Ballots to Dead People, Allows Ballot Harvesters to Hand in Fraudulent Votes After Elections

Rep. Jim Jordan: Dems ‘Codifying’ Election Violations

‘Reception centers’: Biden eyes friendlier name for new migrant facilities

Sen. Josh Hawley: Democrats’ policies have forced American workers to compete with ‘slave labor’

Alan Dershowitz: All Americans Need to Fight Cancel Culture

Wokeness and cancel culture are ‘draconian and foolish,’ says … Keith Olbermann?

Texas governor backs law to prohibit Facebook and Twitter from banning users

India Threatens Jail for Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter Employees

Experts brace for wave of hacks tied to Microsoft email vulnerabilities

Hackers Just Looted Passenger Data From Some of the World’s Biggest Airlines

Deepfake videos of Tom Cruise went viral. Their creator hopes they boost awareness.

In battle with U.S., China to focus on 7 ‘frontier’ technologies from chips to brain-computer fusion

Dangers await humans on Mars as Elon Musk sets his sights on colonization

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Padang, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ozernovskiy, Russia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Chagos Archipelago region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the southern East Pacific Rise

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 30,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Severe Tropical Cyclone “Niran” heading toward New Caledonia

Severe flooding damages hundreds of buildings, strands 14,000 people in Piura, Peru

Chinese Wind Farm in Texas: ‘It’s the greatest national security concern’

Texas natural gas explosion sparks fire, possibly 10 utility workers injured: report

Washington Supreme Court opens door to forcing religious organizations to hire LGBT individuals

California would ban boys and girls sections at big retailers under proposed law

Boomerang? Trump antagonists suddenly hit with scandals, political crises of their own

Cuomo accuser says gov had someone else take sex harass training for him

New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A Caveat

Coronavirus variants: Are they as scary as they sound? Experts suggest that while being alert is important, panic around the variants is not justified.

COVID-19’s death toll in northern Italy was staggering. Did air pollution play a role?

Italy blocks AstraZeneca vaccines as fears grow over vaccine nationalism

Fauci says military members who do not get COVID vaccine are ‘part of the problem’

L.G.B.T.Q. People Face Increased Risks From Covid, but Many Don’t Want the Vaccine due to mistrust of the medical establishment

Pfizer plant boosting vaccines has repeat quality offenses

Pfizer CEO’s Israel visit cancelled because he is unvaccinated, didn’t want to “cut in line”

Tel Aviv hosts its first ‘Green Pass’ concert for the vaccinated

Europe Divided Over Covid Passports

Airlines are changing their flight destinations after the devastating shock of Covid

The mask mandate culture wars are not going away

Bernie Sanders: We must end pandemic so young people can date again

Psaki: Biden has been too busy with pandemic for first press conference

WHO says pandemic has caused more ‘mass trauma’ than WWII

Morris Woman Believes ‘Post-COVID Psychosis’ Led to Husband’s Death

“In many ways it’s been disastrous”: COVID pandemic provides perfect storm for Americans with eating disorders

Andy Stanley ’embarrassed as a Christian’ by churches that sparred with gov’t over COVID lockdowns

Barna Research: Could Digital Prayer and Worship Be New Norm for Churches?

Online Funerals, Zen Apps Keep Japan’s Buddhist Temples Afloat

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)

Weekend Snapshot · Mar. 6, 2021

HR 1 Makes Election Fraud & Chaos Permanent

The Democrat legislation aims to secure their power by any and all means necessary.

Clearing the Path for Harris to Bump Biden

Seriously, we want to know, when will Joe go?

Oh, the Classics They’ll Cancel!

Biden’s omission of Dr. Seuss from “Read Across America Day” speaks volumes about the malign influence of the Woke Left.

It’s Time to Cancel the Cancel Culture

From Dr. Seuss to HBO’s Bill Maher, here’s the bottom line on leftist intolerance.

The Cuomo Scandal Grows

New York’s smug, predatory, and decidedly unfunny governor is finally on borrowed time.

The Strange Silence of Me-Too Kamala

Why has the normally loquacious vice president been so silent about Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal?

The Borderless Nation

Joe Biden has flung the doors open wide and it will have serious consequences.

Would the Real Fascists Please Stand Up?

One of the Left’s favorite pejoratives for the Right is completely backwards.

House Thespians Cancel Session

Democrats found a way to add “evidence” for blaming supporters of Donald Trump.

What Should the Minimum Wage Be?

$15 is over twice the current minimum wage and more than three times where it should be.

Texas Ends 100% of Its COVID Restrictions

Gov. Abbott announces mask mandates and limits on businesses will end next week.

The Economy Doesn’t Need ‘COVID Relief’

Jobs and GDP are growing, so why are Dems forcing through $1.9 trillion in largely unrelated spending?

Orchestrated Economic Disaster?

Democrats aim to cripple the economy and gain power from doing so.

The Stunning Success of Operation Warp Speed

Joe Biden claims credit, but Donald Trump set the nation on a course to end this pandemic.

The Return of Earmarks

Pork-barrel spending never really went away, but Democrats are brashly bringing back more.

Democrats Vote to Defund the Police

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act isn’t about Floyd and it isn’t about justice.

A Divided Right Gives Dems Power

It’s time for conservatives to stop squabbling and unify in order to defend Liberty.

Joe Biden Is a Bad Catholic

Our 46th president may clutch his rosary and attend mass every Sunday, but that doesn’t make him a Catholic.

Joe Biden Isn’t Well

The president hasn’t had a press conference since he’s been in office, and the reason is painfully obvious.


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“There is not a single person who lived 80 years ago who did not have views that our culture would find objectionable today. Not one. Either we cancel everyone who committed the crime of being born in the 20th century or earlier, or we stop this madness and get some perspective.” —Matt Walsh

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Pope Francis Travels To Ur Of The Chaldees To Hold Chrislam Worship Service That Left Jesus Christ Out Of His ‘Prayer For Peace’ At Pagan Ziggurat — Now The End Begins

Joined by Muslims, Jews, representatives of different Christian Churches and other Iraqi religious minorities in the Iraqi city of Ur, Pope Francis prays for reconciliation, peace and the strength to rebuild the ravaged nation through Chrislam.

The main figure in the entire bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is Jesus Christ, He is foretold in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. The bible says about Him that He is the ‘express image’ of God and that He is God ‘manifest in the flesh’. Not only that, Jesus is the ‘name above all names’, and is the name to which ‘every knee shall bow’ and ‘every tongue confess’ that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father. Jesus, the bible tells us, is the ‘prince of peace’ without whom there can be no peace. Now, can someone please tell me why Jesus didn’t get even an ‘honorable mention’ in the pope’s prayer in Ur of the Chaldees today?

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 (KJB)

Pope Francis in Iraq today, while working to establish Abraham as the central figure in his One World Religion of Chrislam, ‘prayed for peace’ and never mentioned the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. The occasion was an excellent illustration of the One World Religion we see laid out for us in Revelation 13, 17 and 18 in your King James Bibles. On the 14th of this month I will have been saved for 30 years, I’ve waited a long time for bible prophecy to begin to come to pass, and rejoice as I now see with my eyes what I have long believed by faith.

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Hebrews 11:8-10 (KJB)

And what about that ziggurat that everyone keeps talking about, you know, the one where Pope Francis held his Chrislam prayer service today? The Great Ziggurat was built as a place of worship, dedicated to the moon god Nanna in the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia. It is here that ritual child sacrifices took place. Abraham was called by God to leave this place, to turn his back to it, and never come back. So why, pray tell, would Pope Francis chose this as the site of his Chrislam prayer service? Oh, I think you know the answer to that one.

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJB)

Listen to me and mark it down, this world and the people in this world will never know peace apart from Jesus Christ, it simply cannot be done. It is a doctrine of devils to pray for peace and leave the Name of Jesus out of your prayer. Pope Francis prayed for peace, you can read it below, and never mentioned the name of Jesus Christ. You do the math.


Iraq: Pope’s Prayer of the Sons and Daughters of Abraham

FROM VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis travelled south from Baghdad to the ancient city of Ur to hold an historic interreligious meeting on Saturday, the second day of his Apostolic visit to Iraq. The set-up was stark, but poignant: a simple, tent-like structure, with white drapes to protect participants from the sun, was set up next to Abraham’s house. In the background, the incredibly well-preserved remains of a 4,000-year-old Sumerian temple with adjacent residential complex and palaces known as the Great Ziggurat of Ur.

After the meeting, the Pope gathered in prayer together Muslims, Jews, representatives of Iraq’s Christian Churches, and members of Iraqi religious minorities, including the Yazidis and Sabaeans, who together invoked the Lord for peace, reconciliation and the strength to rebuild the conflict-ravaged nation.

This is their prayer:

          Almighty God, our Creator, you love our human family and every work of your hands: 

         As children of Abraham, Jews, Christians and Muslims, together with other believers and all persons of good will, we thank you for having given us Abraham, a distinguished son of this noble and beloved country, to be our common father in faith.

         We thank you for his example as a man of faith, who obeyed you completely, left behind his family, his tribe and his native land, and set out for a land that he knew not.

         We thank you too, for the example of courage, resilience, strength of spirit, generosity and hospitality set for us by our common father in faith.

         We thank you in a special way for his heroic faith, shown by his readiness even to sacrifice his son in obedience to your command.  We know that this was an extreme test, yet one from which he emerged victorious, since he trusted unreservedly in you, who are merciful and always offer the possibility of beginning anew.

         We thank you because, in blessing our father Abraham, you made him a blessing for all peoples.

         We ask you, the God of our father Abraham and our God, to grant us a strong faith, a faith that abounds in good works, a faith that opens our hearts to you and to all our brothers and sisters; and a boundless hope capable of discerning in every situation your fidelity to your promises.

         Make each of us a witness of your loving care for all, particularly refugees and the displaced, widows and orphans, the poor and the infirm.

         Open our hearts to mutual forgiveness and in this way make us instruments of reconciliation, builders of a more just and fraternal society.

         Welcome into your abode of peace and light all those who have died, particularly the victims of violence and war.

         Assist the authorities in the effort to seek and find the victims of kidnapping and in a special way to protect women and children.

         Help us to care for the earth, our common home, which in your goodness and generosity you have given to all of us.

         Guide our hands in the work of rebuilding this country, and grant us the strength needed to help those forced to leave behind their homes and lands, enabling them to return in security and dignity, and to embark upon a new, serene and prosperous life.  Amen.

Pope Francis Holds Chrislam Event At Pagan Ziggurat In Ur

Pope Francis Travels To Ur Of The Chaldees To Hold Chrislam Worship Service That Left Jesus Christ Out Of His ‘Prayer For Peace’ At Pagan Ziggurat — Now The End Begins

Franklin Graham: The Voice of God Can Never Be Canceled | Harbingers Daily

Madness is sweeping across our country.

I am referring to the ever-widening spread of what has been dubbed cancel culture, the suppression and intolerance of people whose viewpoints differ from what our godless society has deemed fitting and appropriate.

Not surprisingly, the overwhelmingly left-wing cancel culture has aimed its most vicious verbal darts squarely at Christians who hold a Biblical worldview founded on the authority of God’s uncompromising Word.

Let me give you just a few examples, though there are many.

In the city of Boston, a Chick-fil-A food truck serving the campus of Boston University has been targeted by editors of the student newspaper who are offended by what they say is the company’s “deep-seated homophobia.” What that means is that the company, founded on Christian principles by Truett Cathy and now run by my friend Dan Cathy, has been attacked simply because Cathy has affirmed the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. Chick-fil-A’s charitable giving program, which in the past has donated to Christian organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, also came under fire for their “discriminatory and homophobic practices.”

It’s no coincidence that a number of college campuses have banned Chick-fil-A because school leaders disagree with the corporation’s deeply held Biblical values. At Rider University, a private school in New Jersey, school administrators excluded the restaurant from campus, and a Christian who served as a dean at Rider and voiced support for Biblical values resigned because she said the school was not tolerant of her beliefs. This is the cancel culture at work.

In the U.K., a doctor who had served three decades as a medical assessor recently lost his government job because he believes that gender is determined before birth. Dr. David Mackereth was fired by the Department for Works and Pensions because he refused to use a transgender pronoun to describe a bearded man. “The Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female,” the doctor said. But a judge at an employment tribunal in England ruled that the doctor’s religious beliefs were “incompatible with human dignity.”

The threat of the cancel culture has gotten worse as social media giants like Twitter and Facebook have started censoring free speech and banning some users from their platforms. Recently, they shut down former President Donald Trump, and they have also targeted numerous private and public individuals, many of whom simply espouse traditional moral values.

Just a few weeks ago, Lifetime TV canceled “Truths That Transform,” the program of D. James Kennedy Ministries. Lifetime TV had demanded that the ministry eliminate “controversial” topics from the program, which would have meant eliminating programs that addressed issues like abortion. The ministry refused to do that, so the program was canceled.

Even our country’s treasured and storied history is not safe. The San Francisco Board of Education in January issued an edict asking that the names of some of our nation’s greatest presidents—Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln—be removed from all of their schools. Can you imagine!

Last year, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association scheduled an evangelistic tour across Great Britain, only to be literally canceled as a result of pressure on the venues by groups with a bias against Christians who hold traditional, historical Biblical views and believe in the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Savior.

Here we were, seeking to tell people how they can have peace with God through repentance and faith, yet these groups sought to shut down our events because they disagree with what the Bible teaches.

Try as they might, however, we know that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus can’t be stopped.

Jesus said that He would build His church and that the “gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). As Paul spent his final days in a Roman prison, he wrote his final letter to his young disciple, Timothy. Despite being incarcerated by the Romans, Paul called himself the Lord’s prisoner (see 2 Timothy 1:8) and assured him that “the Word of God is not bound!” (2 Timothy 2:9).

Jesus said after His resurrection that “all authority in heaven and on earth” had been given to Him (Matthew 28:18), and Paul wrote that the Gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). It’s power that is irresistible, unstoppable and undeniable—despite what our culture thinks. This power will culminate one day soon when Christ returns at His Second Coming to establish a New Heaven and a New Earth.

In fact, the greater the hostility toward and opposition to the Gospel, the greater the growth of the church and the sanctification of God’s people. It’s always been that way, and always will be.

For the first 300 years after Christ’s earthly ministry, Christianity grew in soil that was wet with the blood of martyrs. Throughout the Roman Empire, Christians were treated with disdain, and in many cases they were persecuted unto death. But no amount of hostility, threats or torture could stop the Gospel of the Risen Savior.

Brutal atheistic, communist regimes in Eastern Europe and China that oppressed and sought to ban the influence of the church not only did not succeed, but witnessed unparalleled growth of the Body of Christ.

I have no doubt that cancel culture, which is empowered and animated by a worldview that is antithetical to the Christian faith, will only intensify as godless ideologies such as that of the progressive, radical left gain sway in seats of power and influence. The media, especially social media, will be further emboldened to suppress the voices of Biblical morality that threaten the immoral cultural narrative.

Believers should never be caught off guard by the culture around us—the culture of a world system behind which lies the evil one. “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you … If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:12, 14, NKJV).

The omnipotent, eternal, majestic voice of Almighty God can never be canceled. The voice of the church, the blood-bought bride of the Lamb of God who sits on Heaven’s throne, can never be silenced. Our message as His followers should always be to be ready to speak the truth of God’s Word, but to do so in love and with respect, “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

And remember, for those who repent and trust Christ for the forgiveness of sin, all your sins—past, present and future—were canceled at the cross (see Colossians 2:14).

And one day soon—very soon, I believe—Jesus will return in glory and splendor and cancel all opposition to His rule and authority.

May He come quickly.


Source: Franklin Graham: The Voice of God Can Never Be Canceled

Christian philosopher (Craig) vs atheist scientist (Atkins) debate: Does God Exist?


I found a video of a debate from the Reasonable Faith speaking tour in the UK, between Christian philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig and atheist chemist Dr. Peter Atkins.

Here is the video:

This is a must-see debate. It was extremely fun to watch, and I have a snarky summary of the opening speeches below.


On Wednesday 26th October 2011 William Lane Craig debated Peter Atkins on the topic: Does God Exist? This debate took place at the University of Manchester  as part of the UK Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig. The debate was chaired by Christopher Whitehead, Head of Chemistry School at the University. Post-debate discussion was moderated by Peter S Williams, Philosopher in Residence at the Damaris Trust, UK.

Dr. William Lane Craig:

William Lane Craig (born August 23, 1949) is an American analytic philosopher, philosophical theologian, and Christian apologist. He is known for his work on the philosophy of time and the philosophy of religion…

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March 6 Morning Quotes of The Day

Prefer Those Scriptures That Are Received by All
2 Timothy 3:14–17

Now, in regard to the canonical Scriptures, he [the skillful interpreter] must follow the judgment of the greater number of catholic churches; and among these, of course, a high place must be given to such as have been thought worthy to be the seat of an apostle and to receive epistles. Accordingly, among the canonical Scriptures he will judge according to the following standard: to prefer those that are received by all the catholic churches to those which some do not receive. Among those, again, which are not received by all, he will prefer such as have the sanction of the greater number and those of greater authority, to such as are held by the smaller number and those of less authority. If, however, he shall find that some books are held by the greater number of churches, and others by the churches of greater authority (though this is not a very likely thing to happen), I think that in such a case the authority on the two sides is to be looked upon as equal.


Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

“You Deceive Yourselves”
Matthew 23:1–3; James 1:26; 2:14–26

You hear the word, and believe it in theory, while you deny it in practice. I say to you, that “you deceive yourselves.”


Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

40 Days to the Cross: Week Two – Saturday

Confession: Psalm 38:1–5

O Yahweh, do not rebuke me in your anger

or chastise me in your wrath.

For your arrows have sunk into me,

and your hand has pressed down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation.

There is no health in my bones because of my sin.

For my iniquities have passed over my head;

like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

My wounds start to stink; they rot

because of my foolishness.

Reading: Mark 11:27–33

And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came up to him and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority that you do these things?” So Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer me!” And they began to discuss this with one another, saying, “What should we say? If we say ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’ ”—they were afraid of the crowd, because they all looked upon John as truly a prophet. And they replied to Jesus saying, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”


Jesus, for the sake of men, desired to have Himself revealed by a lamp to the faith of those who believed, that by means of the same lamp His enemies might be confounded.… And the Lord, because they shut the door against themselves by professing ignorance of what they know, did not open to them because they did not knock. For it is said, “Knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Matt 7:7 nrsv). Not only did these not knock that it might be opened to them, but, by denying that they knew, they barred that door against themselves. And the Lord says to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things” (Matt 21:27 nrsv). And they were confounded by means of John; and in them were the words fulfilled, “I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame.”

—Augustine of Hippo

Lectures or Tractates on the Gospel According to St. John


The exchange between the Pharisees and Jesus in Mark 11:26–33 shows both the Pharisees’ unwillingness to believe in Jesus and their unwillingness to state their beliefs publicly (because of their fear of the crowds). Is there a time in your life when you responded to the gospel in the same way?[1]

[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 6 Morning Verse of The Day

5:24 What God will do is not specified. But the context is his sanctifying and his keeping (v. 23).[1]

5:24 faithful The new believers at Thessalonica endured persecution even without the presence of Paul and his companions (see 3:9 and note), demonstrating God’s faithfulness.[2]

5:24 calls you. This, as every time the divine call is mentioned in the NT, refers to God’s effectual call of His chosen ones to salvation (cf. 2:12; 4:7; Ro 1:6, 7; 8:28; 1Co 1:9; Eph 4:1, 4; 2Ti 1:9; 1Pe 2:9; 5:10; 2Pe 1:10). The God who calls will also bring those whom He calls to glory and none will be lost (cf. Jn 6:37–44; 10:28, 29; Ro 8:28–39; Php 1:6; Jude 24).[3]

5:24 As a believer pursues the Christian life, he can be assured that God is faithful and that he cannot do it himself but that God will do it.[4]

5:24. God will give believers all they need to be blameless at His coming. That is what Paul means when he says, He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. Paul is not promising success here. He is promising that God will give all that is needed so that believers might achieve what He has just commanded.[5]

5:24 As we learned in 4:3, our sanctification is the will of God. He has called us to eventually stand blameless before Him. Having begun this work in us, He will finish it (Phil. 1:6). He who calls us is faithful to His promise.[6]

5:24. The same God who calls a Christian will perform this by the Holy Spirit who indwells him. God is faithful to bring to completion the work He has begun in believers (Phil. 1:6). God does not save a person by grace and then leave him alone to work out his Christian growth by works (Gal. 3:3). As God calls and justifies by grace, He sanctifies by grace too.[7]

5:24. The follower of Christ is never left alone: The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. Here is great comfort and assurance. We are never abandoned. God’s faithfulness is the undergirding of our faith. Our hope and trust are placed in a trustworthy God. The call of God is not separated from his faithful enabling. In our struggles we can rest in him.[8]

5:24 “Faithful is He” This functions both as the second descriptive title (cf. Deut. 7:9; Isa. 49:7; 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 2 Cor. 1:18; 2 Thess. 3:3) and as a characteristic of YHWH (cf. Ps. 36:5; 40:10; 89:1, 2, 5, 8; 92:2; 119:90). The believers’ confidence is in the established, settled, unchanging character of YHWH!

© “He who calls … He also will bring it to pass” The third descriptive title, “He who calls,” always refers to God the Father (cf. 2:12; 4:7). This verse refers to the believers’ election plus glorification (cf. Rom. 8:29–34). It focuses on the trustworthy God who initiates and perfects (cf. Phil. 1:6; 2:13). Our hope is in God’s trustworthiness to keep His promises.[9]

24. A wonderful expression of assurance follows. What Paul has expressed so strikingly is a wish, indeed, but not a mere wish. It is a wish which, by God’s sovereign grace, will attain certain fulfilment:

Faithful is he who calls you, who will also do it.

The Thessalonians need have no fear. The One who calls (ὁ καλῶν timeless present participle) them (see on 2:12; 4:7; 2 Thess. 2:14) will also certainly complete what he has begun with respect to them (cf. Phil. 1:16). He will surely sanctify and preserve them. He is faithful (πιστός), to be trusted (cf. 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 2 Cor. 1:18; 2 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:13). What he promises he does.[10]

Ver. 24. Faithful is He that calleth you.—

The faith of man and the faithfulness of God:1. The highest object of man’s existence is to hold communion with God. For this his nature was framed, and in this alone will it find repose. 2. But the vital tie that connected us with heaven is broken. We are as a limb of the body separated by paralysis, or any other internal cause, from the benefits of the general circulation. God is the heart: we have insulated ourselves from God, and deadened the nerve that conducted his influences. We have a name to live but are dead. 3. This is a state of things deeply to be lamented; but no one ever lamented that the brute creation was shut out from the converse of angels—because there are no faculties in brutes that point to a higher destiny; no traces of a fall, nothing about them which makes it a practical contradiction that they should be as they are and yet what they are. But even in the natural man there are faint gleams of a something over and beyond his present state, a perpetual unhappiness, proving his designation for a different state of things originally. 4. Now without some notion of the extent of the loss, you can never estimate the value or nature of the restoration. It is by the length of the dark shadow that you compute the height of the elevation beyond it. It is by summing up the long catalogue of woe that you will be able to conceive the importance of that manifestation of mercy, whose object is, by the descent of God, to bind once more the broken links of communion. 5. The nature of this restoration. Man is separated from God as a criminal, and as unholy; the communion is restored by free pardon on God’s part for Christ’s sake, and the acceptance of that pardon upon man’s, and by the process of sanctification which makes a lost and ruined soul at length “meet for the inheritance of the saints.” 6. Of this union with God the first great characteristic must be one which concerns both intellect and heart. It must behold God’s holiness, justice, and mercy, and must love the holiness, dread the justice, desire the mercy. This complex act of knowledge and affection is faith. 7. But in every perfect union there must be mutual confidence, and a strict fulfilment of enjoyments on both sides. If man be trustful, God must be “faithful.” This is the affirmation of the apostle. Thus faith in man and faithfulness in God are the two members of our spiritual harmony.

  1. The Divine faithfulness is gloriously characteristic of the spiritual system to which we belong. No words can go beyond the confidence of David in the faithfulness of God, and no doubt high and spiritual meanings belong to his expressions of such confidence. Holiness was to be the foundation of all, but yet a holiness triumphant in visible majesty and regal pomp. But the faithfulness of our text has exclusive reference to sanctification. It was no relief from temporal evils that Paul promised; the mercy of God might send them to the lions; it was still His mercy, if it but kept them unspotted from the world. How many are content with such faithfulness as this? Is this the tenor of your prayers? Is your heart busy in pleading with God His own eternal faithfulness in behalf of your sanctification and spiritual safety?
  2. The Divine faithfulness extends to the whole man. The entire, if feeble humanity, is sheltered under this canopy of Divine protection. The body is subdued into its place as minister to the soul; the soul is guarded from its own special corruptions; and the spirit is preserved undecayed amid an hostile world. Of a surety the sacred Trinity that occupies the throne of heaven will not forget this humble image of Their ineffable mystery. Surely the soul will be preserved by that creative Deity who first infused it into the frame; the body by that Eternal Son who was pleased to assume it; and the spirit, by that ever blessed Spirit who bestows it and may well guard His own inestimable gift.

III. This faithfulness is of Him “that calleth you.” It is a fidelity to His own gracious engagement. He without destroying human freedom or responsibility, of His free grace commences, continues and ends the whole Christian work. Yet so faithful is His compassion that He represents Himself as bound and tied to the impulses of His own unconstrained mercy. There is no bond but His own love, yet that bond is stronger than iron; and He, whom the universe cannot compel, commands Himself.

  1. With such a God, such promises and faithfulness, why is there a delay in appropriating so great salvation? If we believe that these things are true where is the earnest active faith, and where the life that answers to it? (W. Archer Butler, M.A.)

God’s faithfulness:—Grandly did the old Scottish believer, of whom Dr. Brown tells us in his “Horæ Subsecivæ,” respond to the challenge of her pastor regarding the ground of her confidence. “Janet,” said the minister, “what would you say, if after all He has done for you, God should let you drop into hell?” “E’en’s (even as) He likes,” answered Janet. “If He does, He’ll lose mair than I’ll do.” At first sight Janet’s reply looks irreverent, if not something worse. As we contemplate it, however, its sublimity grows upon us. Like the Psalmist she could say, “I on Thy Word rely” (Psa. 119:114, metrical version). If His Word were broken, if His faithfulness should fail, if that foundation could be destroyed, truly He would lose more than His trusting child. But that could never be. “For ever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations.” Well then might Janet encourage herself in the Lord her God, and say, “God hath spoken in His holiness; I will rejoice.”

Assurance of victory:—I can never conceive that it dispirits the soldier, when he is fighting, to tell him that he must win the victory. This is what Cromwell’s ironsides said when they saw the great general riding along the ranks, “ ’Tis he!” they said, “ ’tis he!” they felt the victory was sure where Cromwell was, and like thunderbolts they dashed upon their enemies, until as thin clouds before the tempest the foemen flew apace. The certainty of victory gives strength to the arm that wields the sword. To say to the Christian you shall persevere till you get to the journey’s end—will that make him sit down on the next mile-stone? No; he will climb the mountain, wiping the sweat from his brow; and as he looks upon the plain, he will descend with surer and more cautious footsteps, because he knows he shall reach the journey’s end. God will speed the ship over the waves into the desired haven; will the conviction of that on the part of the captain make him neglect the vessel? Yes, if he be a fool; but if he be a man in his wits, the very certainty that he shall cross the deep will only strengthen him in time of storm to do what he would not have dreamt of doing if he had been afraid the vessel would be cast away. Brethren, let this doctrine impel us to a holy ardency of watchfulness, and may the Lord bless us and enable us to persevere to the end. (C. H. Spurgeon.)[11]

Paul affirms God’s faithfulness (5:24)

Having expressed his double prayer for the thorough sanctification of the Thessalonians, he feels the need to remind both himself and them of the ground of his bold request. It is the call of God, which is a call to holiness (4:7; cf. 2:12) and the faithfulness of God to his called, covenant people. God upholds those whom he calls, and fulfils that which he has promised. We can rely on his steadfast love, which never fails but endures for ever.[12]

24. The prayer is offered in the certainty that it will be answered‚ a certainty that arises because God is faithful (cf. 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 2 Cor. 1:18; 2 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 10:23; 11:11). Cf. Chrysostom: ‘This happens not from my prayers, he says‚ but from the purpose with which he called you’ (cited in Frame). God is the one who calls you, where the timeless present participle (not ‘called’) draws attention to God in his capacity as Caller. This is followed by an unusual absolute use of the verb do (there is no it in the Greek). This puts the emphasis on action, on ‘doing’, and this is strengthened by the ‘also’. The faithful Caller will also act.[13]

Faithful is he that hath called you. As he has shewn by his prayer what care he exercised as to the welfare of the Thessalonians, so he now confirms them in an assurance of Divine grace. Observe, however, by what argument he promises them the never-failing aid of God—because he has called them; by which words he means, that when the Lord has once adopted us as his sons, we may expect that his grace will continue to be exercised towards us. For he does not promise to be a Father to us merely for one day, but adopts us with this understanding, that he is to cherish us ever afterwards. Hence our calling ought to be held by us as an evidence of everlasting grace, for he will not leave the work of his hands incomplete. (Psalm 138:8.) Paul, however, addresses believers, who had not been merely called by outward preaching, but had been effectually brought by Christ to the Father, that they might be of the number of his sons.[14]

24 It is of high interest that Paul concludes his prayer for them with an affirmation regarding its being realized. It has to do not so much with their effort—although he surely expects them to do their part—as with God’s own faithfulness. The bottom line for Paul in all such matters is that God is completely trustworthy, not only “worthy” of our “trust,” but absolutely to be relied on to carry out what has been promised. And here, for the first time in his letters, we are brought face to face with God’s calling them to be his people and God’s own readiness to complete what was begun by the Spirit. For the Thessalonians this is the needed reminder that neither their “sanctification” nor their being “preserved blameless” for the Parousia is dependent on their own personal struggling for it, but on their trusting the God who has already called them to himself, and who will thus bring to pass in their lives what God has begun. In the end everything depends on the single reality that God is absolutely faithful.[15]

24 Paul’s prayer is no despairing wail, but a cry of faith. He is supremely confident that what he has asked will be done, and this verse reveals that the ground of his trust is the nature of God. As we saw on the preceding verse, Paul was sure that the Thessalonians would be able to obey his injunctions because their resources were in God. Now we see that he is sure that God will indeed supply their need in this matter, because he is “faithful.” Centuries before, Abraham had asked, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25). Through all the intervening years the conviction that God can be depended on had sustained men and women of faith, as, indeed, it does to this day. It is not in the unstable qualities of people that trust must be placed, but in the eternal faithfulness of God. Paul does not mention the name of God, but proceeds to characterize him as “the one who calls you” (see on 2:12; 4:7–8). There may be something of a hint that God’s call is always sounding in the ears of his people, so that the present call that they hear is their guarantee that God will see them through. Or it may be that God is being spoken of as “the Caller,” the God who habitually calls to himself those whom he will have.

But God, besides being a Caller, is a Doer (cf. Phil. 1:6). The end of the verse fastens attention on this aspect of his being. The verbal idea is emphasized in the Greek in two ways, by the addition of “also” (God not only calls, he also acts; NIV leaves the word untranslated) and by the omission of the object (there is no “it” in the Greek). There is no real doubt as to what the object is, and its omission has the effect of fastening attention on the verb “do.” The God to whom Paul prays is not a God who is inactive or ineffective. Paul thinks of him as one who will certainly bring to completion that which he has begun. “Does he speak and then not act?” (Num. 23:19). Because he is the faithful One, and because he is the One who has called them, the Thessalonians may know that he will do perfectly all that is involved in their call. It is profoundly satisfying to the believer that in the last resort what matters is not his feeble hold on God, but God’s strong grip on him (cf. John 10:28–29).[16]

24 To Paul, utterance of a prayer is not the end but only the means to an end. One who asks God for something can anticipate the fulfillment of his request because of God’s character: “the one who calls you is faithful.” He who issues an effectual call can be relied on absolutely to carry out his call, including among other things the sanctification and preservation prayed for in v. 23. Faithfulness is that characteristic of God that determines he will do the very thing Paul has prayed for. In his pretemporal selection of the Thessalonian church (1:4; 2:12), God had already determined to do so in his own counsels. That, however, did not render prayer for them superfluous, as human effort and application also have their place in carrying out God’s purposes.[17]

Sanctification’s Final Security

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. (5:24)

God who calls is also faithful to complete and bring … to pass His sanctifying purpose. Paul later expressed to the Philippians this confidence in God’s faithfulness to believers: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). That is another pledge to all believers that God has the power to guarantee their ultimate sanctification. The salvation God grants is secure—He graciously and efficaciously calls individuals (John 6:37, 44–45, 64–65), supplies them the faith to repent and believe (Eph. 2:8–9; cf. 2 Tim. 2:25–26), and provides them the grace to persevere to the glory of ultimate sanctification (Jude 24–25; cf. 1 Cor. 10:13). Romans 8:28–30 also states this pledge:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

In summary, Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians suggests a number of essential principles that all Christians need to remember concerning the sanctification process. First, experiential sanctification is inherently both negative and positive. Negatively, it involves the purging out of sin (cf. Rom. 6:6; 8:13; 2 Tim. 2:19). Scripture compares sin to leaven (cf. Matt. 16:12; 1 Cor. 5:6–8; Gal. 5:8–9), which connotes the evil influence with which sin permeates humanity. Sanctification does not remove the presence of sin, but it purges from the believer his love for sin and decreases sin’s frequency in his life (cf. Rom. 6:22; 7:21–25; Phil. 3:7–16; Titus 2:11–12). Positively, sanctification involves the renewing of the mind (cf. Rom. 12:2) and the putting on of Christlikeness (cf. Col. 3:5–17). The negative and positive changes occur as the Holy Spirit continually uses God’s Word in believers’ lives (John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; cf. John 15:1–3).

Second, sanctification occurs chiefly in the heart, the mind, the inner being. It is not concerned with modifying one’s outward behavior—even if that behavior were in line with God’s law—apart from the changed heart (cf. Rom. 3:21–23, 28; 4:4–5; 5:1–2), nor is it circumscribing one’s attitudes and actions to an arbitrary code of ethics (cf. Rom. 14:17; Col. 2:16–23). Sanctification does affect a Christian’s outward actions (cf. John 15:4–5; Eph. 2:10), but it is essentially an inward grace. It is illustrated by what the apostle Peter wrote to believing wives: “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:3–4).

Third, the Bible implicitly calls sanctification a beautiful reality (cf. Ps. 110:3 kjv). Holiness is the beautiful crown jewel of the Godhead, reflecting divine perfection, unmitigated virtue, absolute righteousness, and pure sinlessness (cf. Ex. 15:11; Pss. 47:8; 145:17; Isa. 57:15). Sanctification, then, is a noble experience, imparting to believers a measure of the majesty God intended for them when He created mankind in His image (cf. Gen. 1:26–27; Ps. 8:4–6).

Fourth, sanctification is an ongoing reality. At the new birth, God plants the seed of righteousness, the principle of divine life, into the believer’s heart (cf. 1 Peter 1:23–25). That does not mean he will never sin again, but it does mean he will discontinue living in his previous unbroken pattern of sinfulness and begin to live in a new pattern of holiness (cf. Rom. 6:17–18; 1 John 3:9).

Fifth, believers must remember that people can counterfeit sanctification in a number of ways. First, moral virtue can substitute for true sanctification. People can exhibit character qualities such as fair-mindedness, loyalty, civility, kindness, generosity, diligence, and philanthropy and yet at heart be unbelievers (cf. Isa. 29:13). Second, religious activity can masquerade as sanctification. For example, devoutly religious people might spend years avoiding the most heinous sins and seeking to please God by adhering to their church’s rituals and self-righteously engaging in good works (cf. Matt. 23:23–25; Luke 18:10–14). But they do it all because they are afraid of God and want to earn His forgiveness, not because they are His children who sincerely love Him for His grace. Third, outward Christian profession can appear to be genuine sanctification (cf. Matt. 23:27–28). It often parades a hypocritical type of piety that is merely superficial (cf. Matt. 7:21–23). Such false sanctification deceives not only those who witness it, but also those who practice it. Fourth, their conscience and fear of sin’s consequences often restrain people from bad behavior. Most of the time they reject sin because they fear its negative physical, psychological, or even legal consequences. They may have grown up in a Christian family in which their parents taught them biblical principles and established a doctrinal foundation that informs their consciences with moral convictions. Such people are afraid to engage in overt sin and on the exterior appear to be righteous, but only because they do not want a guilty conscience to bother them. A saving love for Christ does not motivate their behavior; instead, human fear and a sensitive conscience drive their actions.

Sixth, sanctification keeps believers from polluting holy things. “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled” (Titus 1:15). Unbelievers mock and blaspheme God and His Son (cf. Luke 22:65; Rom. 8:7; Col. 1:21; Rev. 16:9). They ridicule the things of God and the people of God (cf. Neh. 2:19; Ps. 38:12; 2 Tim. 3:3–4), which means they also ridicule and demean the Word of God (cf. Neh. 9:28–29). They pollute everything God has designed for His glory and mankind’s blessing (cf. Rom. 1:21–32), such as the beauty of creation, marriage, and friendship. By contrast, when God is sanctifying believers, they consider the simplest, most mundane things in life as holy and respect all the things the unbeliever does not (cf. Ps. 1:1–6).

Finally, Christians must remember that sanctification is God’s priority for their lives. It is His will for them (1 Thess. 4:3; cf. Heb. 12:14) and the result of Christ’s death on their behalf—“who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:14). All believers are to live for sanctification. They have no other goal in life than to be like Jesus Christ: “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6).[18]

[1] Davis, J. F. (2017). 1 Thessalonians. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1908). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Th 5:24). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Th 5:24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1582). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Wilkin, R. N. (2010). The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 950). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2045). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Constable, T. L. (1985). 1 Thessalonians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 710). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] Larson, K. (2000). I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Vol. 9, p. 76). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[9] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul’s First Letters: Galatians and I & II Thessalonians (Vol. Volume 11, p. 121). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of I-II Thessalonians (Vol. 3, p. 142). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[11] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Thessalonians (Vol. 1, pp. 284–285). New York; Chicago; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[12] Stott, J. R. W. (1994). The message of Thessalonians: the gospel & the end of time (pp. 133–134). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[13] Morris, L. (1984). 1 and 2 Thessalonians: An introduction and commentary (Vol. 13, pp. 108–109). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[14] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians (p. 305). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[15] Fee, G. D. (2009). The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians (p. 231). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[16] Morris, L. (1991). The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (pp. 183–184). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[17] Thomas, R. L. (2006). 1 Thessalonians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 435). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[18] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2002). 1 & 2 Thessalonians (pp. 207–210). Chicago: Moody Press.

March 6 – Nazarites, Technology, and Temples! — VCY America

March 6
Numbers 6:1-7:89
Mark 12:38-13:13
Psalm 49:1-20
Proverbs 10:27-28

Numbers 6 – According to John MacArthur, there were three people in the Bible who were lifelong Nazirites: Samuel, Samson, and John the Baptist. So what is the purpose of the Nazirite vow?  John MacArthur preached a great message on this subject:

Now, let’s look at Numbers chapter 6 and I’ll show you that not only the kings and the princes and the priests and the high priests but there were certain people in the congregation of Israel who chose this standard, too.  Anybody could choose to step up to this standard – this was the highest standard.  And you’ll remember in Numbers chapter 6 verse 1, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to the children of Israel and say unto them, when either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazirite, to separate themselves unto the Lord.”

-Read more from John MacArthur at GTY.org

Numbers 7:3-5 – God is blessing them with the gift of technology for the use of the ministry – but in v. 9 – some things technology cannot be used for in ministry. There are times I am unable to be at my church and I appreciate the livestream that lets me watch it online, but if I can be at church, I shouldn’t use the livestream as an excuse to avoid Hebrews 10:25.

Numbers 7:89 – The inventory of the offering is over, now Moses enters into the tabernacle, and the LORD God of Heaven, has chosen to locate His presence from a human creation, like we talked about February 14th.

Mark 13:1 – If you’ve been to Jerusalem  you’ve seen the ruins of the Temple’s foundation, but the temple is no more. All that’s left is a model outside of the Israel Museum.

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Psalm 49:3 – The opening structure of this Psalm is similar to the book of Proverbs – calling for attention to wisdom. Roughly 3,000 years ago, the Psalmist had to warn his people that trust in wealth and riches cannot save a soul from death – but God can redeem me! I’ll never be on the Forbes Real-Time List of the Richest People in the World, I may be poor for the next 50 years or so, but I can be rich for the next million years!

Proverbs 10:27-28 – Interesting how this passage matches up with the Psalm passage. Long days and gladness are the results of  following God.

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March 6 – Jesus is wisdom from God to save us — Reformed Perspective

“Christ Jesus, who became to us the wisdom from God…” – 1 Corinthians 1:30

Scripture reading: Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20

Today we start studying chapter 9:13-10:20. Please read it over two times. This section drives us to fear God and live by faith in Him. It does so by telling us that we should not think that the wisdom we might have from books, seminars, and even Scripture or preaching, makes us powerful and protected from all mistakes and slip-ups! Yes, wisdom is better than foolishness, but even the wisest of us slip up – we always need to trust and fear God. Wisdom is superior to foolishness, but no one is perfectly wise all the time, so Christian, keep living by faith.

Let’s begin with chapter 9:13-18. Wisdom is a great thing. Notice the story of verses 14-18. The enemy, with its power, was ready to decimate the city. No one knew what to do! Yet, in the city, there was a poor, yet wise man who knew what to do. From verse 17 we learn that by his wise negotiations he delivered the city. Wisdom is better than might and it helps us to navigate through life.

Tomorrow, on the Lord’s Day, we will describe the benefits of God’s wisdom. But for today, remember Christ is our wise Man; He is the wisdom of and from God. Christ has the might and truth to deliver us from our enemies and sin.

Suggestion for prayer

Ask God to teach you the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom.

Rev. Henry Bartsch has been serving as pastor of the Trinity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (Chatham, Ontario) since 2003. He and his wife Tammy have seven children and two grandchildren. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

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Be Sure – Daily Devotional from Truth For Life

Regeneration is a subject that lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to make sure that we really are “born again,” for there are many who imagine they are, who are not. Be assured that to be called a Christian is not the same nature as being a Christian, and that being born in a Christian country and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no significance at all unless there be something more added to it.

Being “born again” is a matter so mysterious that human words cannot describe it. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nevertheless, it is a change that is known and felt—known by works of holiness and felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is not an operation that a man performs for himself: A new principle is infused that works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects his whole life.

It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus. To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: Man can do the one—God alone can do the other. If you have, then, been “born again,” your declaration will be, “O Lord Jesus, the everlasting Father, You are my spiritual Parent; if Your Spirit had not breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I would still be dead in trespasses and sins. ‘My heavenly life is wholly derived from You; to You I ascribe it. My life is hidden with Christ in God.’ It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

May the Lord grant us assurance on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.

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  • Daily Devotion: On Display (Eph 2:7-10)

    Before we step out from home, we usually think about how we look. Do we also think about God’s plan for us today how He is going to display Himself through us today?

    For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Notice how carefully he puts works in the right place. You don’t obtain anything from God by working for it. You never deserve anything but judgment at His hand. If He gave us what we deserve, we would all end up in hell. No, we receive His grace, His mercy, His love. But these result in good works. That is the point. They are designed to produce good works. It is a marvelous manifestation of God’s ability.

    The word workmanship is really the word poem. We are his poem. Perhaps it would be better rendered, We are his masterpiece. God is working out in our lives a tremendous exhibition of His wisdom, His power, His love, His life, His character, His peace, and His joy. He is teaching us, training us, bringing us along, applying the paint in exactly the right places, producing a marvelous masterpiece to be put on display. This is to result in good works: kindness, love, mercy, compassion, help to one another, meeting one another’s needs.

    Paul says that God has prepared these works beforehand. I experienced an interesting illustration of this. One of our interns flew to Albuquerque with me. We decided, as the plane was landing, that we would have some prayer together. I hadn’t talked to him about this passage at all, but I was struck by the way he prayed. He said, Father, thank You for the good works already prepared for us in Albuquerque, for the fact that they are waiting for us to step into them and experience them. Sure enough, after we got to Albuquerque these began to unfold.

    There was a missionary there from the Amazon region of South America who was discouraged and terribly upset, ready to quit the ministry. Through the ministry we had there he came alive and began to see again what God could do. He came to us with a light on his face and said, I’m going back to my field completely revolutionized in my approach. Now I’ve learned how God operates.

    A young pastor was facing dissension in his church. He wanted some counsel on how to handle it. God enabled the Scriptures to speak to that situation and give him wisdom and guidance for it. All these good works had been prepared beforehand. All we did was step into them.

    Do you have any idea how many good works God has prepared for you? They are waiting for you to enter into as you walk in faith and trust and dependence upon Christ. The situations are there, ready and waiting for you to step into. This is what God has called you to. As you do so, you become a vivid display of the greatness and the glory of God.

    Thank You, Father, that You have prepared beforehand good works for me to walk in. Grant that I might see these opportunities and take full advantage of them in the power of your Spirit.

    — Read on www.raystedman.org/daily-devotions/ephesians/on-display

    Accused No More — The Aquila Report

    I’m not sure we fully appreciate how secure our standing is in Christ.  If you are a believer, you cannot be credibly accused by the enemy of your soul before a holy God.  That is a mind-blowing truth.  We have to balance this reality with the fact that on earth, we are not all that we should be.  We can be credibly accused of sin because we continue to struggle as we live our lives in this world.  This fact does not change who we are in Christ. 

    So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.” (Revelation 12:9-10)

    “I can’t forgive myself,” a tortured soul thinks as she meditates on the sin into which she’s fallen.  “God is angry with me,” says the man frustrated with his low level of sanctification.  Our conscience sometimes condemns us – not always accurately, as John reminds us in 1 John 3:20-21.  The devil often accuses us, reminding us that we are not worthy to be called the children of God.  Against these struggles, we have the wonderful promise of Revelation 12.  Yes, it is communicated to us via a vision of pictures – symbols that reveal spiritual realities.  The symbols in this passage tell us about something which is mysterious and yet which should be the cause of great rejoicing.  You see, in the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus (described in Revelation 12:5), something truly amazing happened: Satan and his minions were ejected from heaven.

    What does this mean exactly?  We are not entirely sure, but it seems that in ages past, the devil, as an angel (even if fallen), had some level of access to the throne room in heaven.  We find this referenced in the early chapters of the book of Job.  For example, in Job 1:6 we read, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.”  What did the devil do when he had an audience with God?  He accused Job of being a mercenary, who only served God for profit and not for love. The name “Satan” means “adversary” and the term “devil” means “slanderer.”  These are apt descriptions of the prince of the demons.  He opposes God and His people, and one of the ways he does it is by slander and accusation.  Revelation 12:10 suggests that the devil enjoyed accusing God’s people before God “day and night”!

    Revelation 12:7-8 tell us that in the aftermath of Jesus’ work there was a great battle in heaven and that the dragon and his demons were cast out of heaven.  This is a symbolic way of describing one of the underappreciated aspects of the victory of Jesus.  Namely, that Satan no longer has an audience in the presence of God to accuse and slander the children of God.  As commentator Louis Brighton writes, “At the center of this warfare in heaven is Satan’s ability to stand in God’s holy presence and accuse the saints of God.”  It is as if, once Jesus completed His work, the devil’s privileges are removed – he has been disbarred.  Christ’s people, living in the time after He has paid the price, cannot be accused before the throne of God.  They stand in the righteousness of Jesus and are therefore beyond reproach in the heavenly court.

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    Accused No More — The Aquila Report

    God’s Choice Shaping Tools – In Touch – March 6/7 — Christianity.com

    Are you letting the Lord use His character-shaping tools in your life?

    In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

    God’s Choice Shaping Tools

    Romans 12:1-5

    God’s kindness to us is demonstrated by the fact that He doesn’t leave us in the condition we were in before coming to faith. How tragic it would be if we still thought, felt, and acted the same way we did before receiving Christ as our Savior. Throughout our lives, the Lord uses His choice tools to shape us into the image of His Son.

    Prayer. By talking to the Lord in open dialogue, we develop a relationship with Him. He becomes not just our Savior, but our friend, and as the intimacy grows, so will our passion to be with Him. Setting aside time for prayer each day will become a delight, not a duty.

    God’s Word. You can’t grow in your Christian life if you keep the Bible closed all week long. No one lives on one meal a week, yet many Christians try to get by with just a Sunday dinner of the Word served up by their pastor. How can we expect God’s truth to do its transforming work if we never let it into our minds and hearts?

    The Church. Christ uses His body of believers as a place for transformation. That’s where we rub against each other and have the rough edges of our character smoothed. It is a place of instruction, accountability, and encouragement.

    Are you letting the Lord use His character-shaping tools in your life? Our culture has no shortage of worldly voices and pressures that fill minds and influence behavior. Only when we intentionally schedule time for God, His Word, and His people can Christ do His transforming work in our lives.

    For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

    And Listen to Dr. Charles Stanley at OnePlace.com!

    Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2019 All Rights Reserved.

    God’s Choice Shaping Tools – In Touch – March 6/7 — Christianity.com

    4 Ways to Lovingly Deal with Rejection — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

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    Whether it comes from friends, family, or coworkers, we unfortunately deal with unwarranted rejection at times. Whether it is on the basis of our looks, goals, socio-economic status, religion, race, or something else, all of us have probably at some point felt like the unwanted outsider.

    This wrongful rejection is especially poignant when we are rejected by those who are close to us. Often the temptation is to become bitter and aloof towards these persons or to lash out in anger at those who have treated us badly. Here are four ways to lovingly deal with unwarranted rejection. 

    1. Prayer 

    While it’s easy to pray for friends and those who treat you well, it is very difficult to pray for those who treat you badly. But this is just what Christ commands of his children.

    “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44)

    If they have sinned against you, they need God’s love and grace to see their error and live a life pleasing to him. They need your prayers and compassion, because without God’s grace they will stay in their sin. Not only does prayer show love, but praying for those who treat you badly helps you keep your eyes on Christ and your heart soft and less prone toward bitterness. It’s difficult to harbor hate for those whom you are praying God’s love and mercy would save. 

    2. Patience 

    Christians are called to patience in 1 Corinthians 13:4 (see also Col. 3:12). Patience is much more than waiting in line for coffee or for the new trainee cashier at your local grocery store. In Scripture, patience actually entails suffering. Patience is undergoing suffering while responding to the person or situation in a gentle and kind mannerThe option of wrathful retaliation, while seemingly sweet at the moment, is not patience and does not bear the fruits of righteousness. Patience toward a person demonstrates God-like love; it is what God desires from his children, even when others may not treat you in the same fashion. 

    3. Service 

    It’s all too easy to wallow in self-pity, dwell on unkindness, or replay the offense in your mind or to others. One way to minimize these tendencies is to serve others. The apostle Peter reminds us that Christians are to live in servant-fellowship with each other:

    As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Pet. 4:10)

    Look for ways to love those whom God has placed in your life, and look out for those who may be forgotten or alone. Be a blessing to them. God busies himself with the well-being of his children. As you emulate your heavenly Father, you will bless others and grow in Christ-likeness. 

    4. Contemplation

    Lastly, when you have been rejected by another it is essential to ponder and contemplate Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. When we are stung and wounded by wrongful rejection, reminding ourselves of Christ’s work puts our own suffering into perspective. 

    Christ’s Life: First, Christ knows our suffering and loves his wounded children. The compassion of Jesus during his earthly ministry is recorded in the Old and New Testaments in passages such as Isaiah 42:3 and Matthew 15:32. In Mark’s gospel Jesus stops for those suffering, such as the woman with the flow of blood (Mark 5:25) and the blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46). 

    Christ’s Death: Second, because of our sins, Jesus himself suffered and was rejected (Isa. 53:3). Our sins were the reason Christ died on the cross. He suffered injustice for our salvation. And while he suffered, he still loved us. He underwent punishment and torture for our sake while we were still his enemies (Rom. 5:10). When we contemplate these facts, we can be comforted that Jesus loves us deeply and that he helps us bear our own cross of rejection.

    For if my Savior has undergone injustice, death, and rejection on my behalf, then as I follow him and am persecuted, he surely will be with me and help me in my own times of suffering (Heb. 13:5). Following Christ’s example by the power of his Holy Spirit, I can love those who have rejected me, even if they cannot yet see their offense. 

    Christ’s Resurrection: Third, Christ promises us final justice, resurrected bodies, and a new community in a new heaven and new earth where there is no pain, suffering, or sin. There will be perfect fellowship amongst saints and with the Lord. While wrongs in this world may not always be righted, Jesus has the last say, and all will be made right at his second coming.

    Unity, love, and truth in Christ will be the final state of affairs. Until that time, however, the affliction we suffer in this world from rejection can help us turn our eyes toward heaven and realize more and more that our home is not here while we long for Christ’s return.

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    Ayrian Yasar is associate editor for Beautiful Christian Life.

    4 Ways to Lovingly Deal with Rejection — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

    I am not the only saint who has to complain of weakness of faith. — Christian Research Network

    Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. Psalm 35:3

    What does this sweet prayer teach me? It shall be my evening’s petition; but first let it yield me an instructive meditation. The text informs me first of all that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, “Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation,” if he were not sometimes exercised with doubts and fears? Let me, then, be of good cheer, for I am not the only saint who has to complain of weakness of faith.

    If David doubted, I need not conclude that I am no Christian because I have doubts. The text reminds me that David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but he repaired at once to the mercy-seat to pray for assurance; for he valued it as much fine gold. I too must labour after an abiding sense of my acceptance in the Beloved, and must have no joy when His love is not shed abroad in my soul.    View article →

    I am not the only saint who has to complain of weakness of faith. — Christian Research Network