1 John 5:11-12 And this
is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this
life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that
hath not the Son of God hath not life. John 3:18-19 He that
believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil. Romans 6:23 For the wages
of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord. John 3:16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
we talk about destiny, we talk about what it is we are designed to
become. What God expects of us to become. That's why Jeremiah 1 vs 5
says ‘before I formed you in the belle, I knew you and before you
came out of the womb, I sanctified thee and I ordained thee a prophet
unto the nations’. The amplified version of that verse says,‘before
I formed you in the womb, I knew and I have thought of you as my chosen
So for every one of us while we were in our mother’s
womb, the Lord had written a plan concerning our lives already. He
had determined what it was that we were going to become.
Matthew 11:28 Come
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
is not a bed of roses. This is a popular saying. The Bible – the
word of God - puts it this way "A man that is born of a woman is of
few days and full of TROUBLE". Again "Yet man is born unto trouble
as the sparks fly upwards (Job 14:1. Job 5:7). By experience and
observation we have come to the full realization of these facts. In
the world we have tribulation - the rich, the poor, the black, the
"white", the illiterate, the literate. The fear of death, where we
go after that, the fear of tomorrow, sickness, disease, accidents,
man's inhumanity to man etc are the continual heartache of the
Text: Psalm 55 v 4-14
this Psalm of David if you are not careful you could easily get
confused. David Started in verse 4 by saying his heart is in pain, It
is pained within me , and the terror of death has fallen upon me ,
fear and tremble has fallen upon me and horror has overwhelmed me and
David said oh that I have wings like a dove, for then will I fly away
and be at rest , lo then will I wonder far off in the wilderness and I
will hasten my escape from the windy storm and the tempest. Verse 9 say
destroy oh lord and divide their tongue for I have seen violence and
strife in the city day and night, they go on thereof mischief and sorrow
in the midst of it, wickedness are the midst therefore deceit and guile
depart not from their midst, for it was not an enemy that reproach me
Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile Himself with the
portion of the Kings meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore
he requested the prince of eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now
God has brought Daniel favour ...“
(Daniel: 8,9a) And Jesus increased in
wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man(Luke
these last days when circumstances around us are rapidly changing
towards the negative in fulfillment of "perilous times shall come"
written in 2 Tim. 3:1, all we need is favour - favour with God and man -
for us to walk with our heads up. Apart from Jesus, Daniel- a man of
like passions like ourselves found favour with God and with Man. God
gave him revelations, not only for His day but far into the future as
well. Daniel predicted the fall of Roman Empire and the birth of
Alexander the Great, and when anti-Christ would come.
"But we all, with unveiled face reflecting as a mirror the glory of the
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord."—2 COR. iii. 18 (Revised Version).I suppose there is
almost no one who would deny, if it were put to him, that the greatest
possible attainment a man can make in this world is likeness to The Lord
Jesus Christ. Certainly no one would deny that there is nothing but
character that we can carry out of life with us, and that our prospect
of good in any future life will certainly vary with the resemblance of
our character to that of Jesus Christ, which is to rule the whole
future. We all admit that; but almost every one of us offers to himself
some apology for not being like Christ, and has scarcely any clear
reality of aim of becoming like Him. Why, we say to ourselves, or we say
in our practice, it is really impossible in a world such as ours is to
become perfectly holy. One or two men in a century may become great
saints; given a certain natural disposition and given exceptionally
favouring circumstances, men may become saintly; but surely the ordinary
run of men, men such as we know ourselves to be, with secular
disposition and with many strong, vigorous passions—surely we can really
not be expected to become like Christ, or, if it is expected of us, we
know that it is impossible.
It is a curious fact that there is no subject about which most
people feel such deep interest as “fighting.” Young men and
maidens, old men and little children, high and low, rich and
poor, learned and unlearned, all feel a deep interest in wars,
battles, and fighting.
This is a simple fact, whatever way we may try to explain it.
We should call that Englishman a dull fellow who cared nothing
about the story of Waterloo, or Inkermann, or Balaclava, or
Lucknow. We should think that heart cold and stupid which was
not moved and thrilled by the events at Sedan, and Strasburg,
and Metz, and Paris.
But, reader, there is another warfare of far greater importance
than any war that was ever waged by man. It is a warfare which
concerns not two or three nations only, but every Christian man
and woman born into the world. The warfare I speak of is the
spiritual warfare. It is the fight which every one who would be
saved must fight about his soul.
"Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon
Men are bound to reprove their neighbors for sin, or they become
partakers or accessories to their sin. If we really love God, we will
feel bound to reprove those who hate and abuse Him and break His
If I love the government of the country, won't I reprove and rebuke a
man who abuses or reviles it? If a child loves his parents, won't he
reprove a man that abuses his parents?
If a man loves the universe and is motivated by love, he knows that sin
is inconsistent with the highest good of the universe. If not
counteracted, sin injures and ruins, and its direct tendency is to
overthrow the order and destroy the happiness of the universe.
Therefore, if a Christian sees this happening, his benevolence will lead
him to reprove and oppose sin.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Love for the particular people with whom you are connected should lead
you to reprove sin. Sin is a reproach to any people, and the man who
commits it produces a society harmful to everything good. His example
has a tendency to corrupt society, destroy its peace, and introduce
disorder and ruin. The duty of everyone who loves the community is to
resist and reprove sin.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have
told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also.
behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man
according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the end, the first and the last.
greatest event that will ever happen on this earth will be the coming of
the lord Jesus Christ. This is because it is going to be the end of time
and the ushering in of the Saints of God into a blissful eternity. It is
also going to be a time of tribulation, anguish and doom for unrepentant
sinners (Rm. 2:6-11). But it is surprising that just as many unbelievers
does not believe that Jesus is, coming again, many Christians are not
even -prepared for His coming.
Many times we shed tears. Some shed
the tears of pain, some it is the tears of anguish, some it is tears
of hopelessness. Some other people shed what can be called
manipulating tears to manipulate the situation. Quite a few shed
tears of joy, for some of us we have seen people shed tears of
repentance and appreciation. In2
kings 20 vs 5, we all know the story of how Hezekiah was
sick and the Lord sent His prophet to him that the sickness will lead to
his death and Hezekiah began to pray. What are things Hezekiah was
saying? He must have said ‘Lord You know the things I have done for You.
Lord you know what I have sacrificed for Your kingdom; You know what
other people do not know that I have done for the sake of the Gospel’.
And he went on and on. In between that he began to cry, ‘Lord do not do
this’ and the Lord said I will answer your prayer Hezekiah, I will heal
you and fifteen more years were added to the life of Hezekiah. Those
that have studied the life of Hezekiah will know that those years were
wasteful years. Be careful the kind of tear you shed onto God because
had God not answered Hezekiah it would have been better and he would
have received much more crown. What were the bases for Hezekiah asking
"He shall be as the light of the
morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as
the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining
after rain. Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath
made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and
sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although
He make it not to grow."—2 Samuel 33:4-5
The text which heads this page is taken from a
chapter which ought to be very interesting to every Christian.
It begins with the touching expression, "These be the last words
Whether that means, "these are the last words
which David ever spoke by inspiration as a Psalmist," or "these
are among the last sayings of David before his death," signifies
little. In either point of view, the phrase suggests many
It contains the experience of an old servant of
God who had many ups and downs in his life. It is the old
soldier remembering his campaigns. It is the old traveler
looking back on his journeys.
I. Let us first considerDavid's
He looks forward with a prophetic eye to the
future coming of the Messiah, the promised Saviour, the seed of
Abraham, and the seed of David. He looks forward to the advent
of a glorious kingdom in which there shall be no wickedness, and
righteousness shall be
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give
unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall
any man pluck them out of my hand.
is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to
light through the gospel:
death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
of the evil happening in the world today are as a result of man’s
erroneous belief that death is the end of all things – the "man die
go" theory. As a result many deviate to every available negative
means – lying, stealing, robbery, cheating, duping, killing,
prostitution etc to get wealth or money in order to enjoy the "one"
life. Let us eat and drink they say, for tomorrow we die. I will
never forget the experience I had with a young lady some years ago.
There is hope in the Gospel for any man, so long
as he lives. There is infinite willingness inChrist
is infinite power in the Holy Spiritto
There are many diseases of the body which are
incurable. The cleverest doctors cannot heal them. But, thank
God! there are no incurable diseases of soul. All manner and
quantity of sins can be washed away by Christ. The hardest and
most wicked of hearts can bechanged.
Reader, I say again, while there is life there is
hope. The oldest, the vilest, the worst of sinners may be saved.
Only let him come to Christ, confess his sin, and cry to Him for
pardon,—only let him cast his soul on Christ, and he shall be
cured. The Holy Spirit shall be sent down on his heart,
according to Christ's promise, and he shall be changed by His
Almighty power into a new creature.
I never despair of any one becoming a decided
Christian, whatever he may have been in days gone by. I know how
great the change is from death to life; I know the mountains of
division that seem to stand between some men and heaven; I know
the hardness, the prejudices, the desperate sinfulness of the
natural heart; but I remember that God the
REFLECTING, the other day, upon the sad state of the churches at the
present time, I was led to
look back to apostolic times, and to consider wherein the preaching of
the present day differed from the
preaching of the apostles. I remarked the vast difference in their style
from the set and formal oratory of
the present age; I remarked that the apostles did not take a text when
they preached, nor did they confine
themselves to one subject, much less to any place of worship, but I find
that they stood up in any place,
and declared from the fullness of their heart what they knew of Jesus
Christ. But the main difference I
observed was in the subjects of their preaching. I was surprised when I
discovered that the very staple of
the preaching of the apostles was the resurrection of the dead! I found
myself to have been preaching the
doctrine of the grace of God, to have been upholding free election, to
have been leading the people of
God as well as I was enabled into the deep things of His word; but I was
surprised to find that I had not
been copying the apostolic fashion half as nearly as I might have done.
The apostles, when they
preached, always testified concerning the resurrection of Jesus, and the
consequent resurrection of the
dead. It appears that the Alpha and the Omega of their gospel was the
testimony that Jesus Christ died
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers,
mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bore him in
pain." And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that
You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your
hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Hardly a week goes by without someone asking me for a critique of this
Prayer of Jabez is a small, easy-to-read 92-page book written by Bruce
Wilkinson, founder of
Walk Thru the Bible. It seems to have appeared out of nowhere and has
been riding at the top of
the New York Times bestseller list for several months. It retails for
$9.99 in the non-leather format.
When I first heard about The Prayer of Jabez, it sounded to me like some
evangelical health-and-wealth, name-it-and-claim it type of doctrine.
Naturally, I was suspicious.
I bought a copy to review it for myself. Several of