I was reading an article the other day about yet another Christian business person that was approached by someone who is homosexual asking them to perform services for a “marriage”. This businessman was shocked that this took place in his part of the country.
The lifestyle of the homosexual is opposed to the commands of Scripture. As a Christian we cannot be yoked together with them. Yet, so many misunderstand this. They see our stand for righteousness as hate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Christians actually love homosexual people. We cannot and do not love the sin they are bound in; but, we are commanded to love them just like anyone else. This is not hate speech. It is the truth.
So, how can we dwell together? We continue to love them; but, we must hate their sin. There is a difference. You can love a person and not endorse their actions or lifestyle. There are even Christians who are divided on this issue. We must stand where the Bible stands. Look at Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” We have become so splintered that it is deeply saddening. We need one another; but, we cannot sacrifice our convictions or walk away from the clear teaching of God’s Word just to fit in.
I forgot to give credit yesterday where credit is due. The main points I will be using during this series “What Revival Is” comes from a sermon preached by Dr. Rufus Edmisten. It impacted me many years ago so I developed his main points into a message of my own and now a series here.
Revival is when we acknowledge our sin. Look at Psalm 51:3-5, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” If we are going to have revival we must acknowledge our sin. Sin separates from God. That is why this new brand of Christianity will not work. They teach that you just do the best you can and it will all work out. Wrong!
God has told us in His Word that we are all sinners and have sinned against Him. He is Holy and we must approach Him accordingly. Without His mercy and forgiveness we cannot approach Him. Once we become His child then we have access.
Sometimes life draws us away from our God. This is when we need revival. We need to recommit to to serving our God anew. That is what revival is about. It is realizing that we are His child and we have sinned against Him and that we can have a restoration of that relationship by repenting and returning to our God. He is waiting.
One man said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way expecting different results. Well, I agree. In the book of Joshua I am reminded of the Israelites going to fight a battle against the city of Ai.
When they went to battle against them they could not defeat them. As a matter of fact as I remember there were thirty-six men killed in action at that battle. The Israelites even turned tail and ran back to their camp.
Nobody could figure out the problem. Then God revealed to them what the problem was. During their previous victory they were instructed not to take anything that was accursed. The instructions from God were clear. Yet one man had to disobey. Because of his disobedience they lost this battle and men died in the process.
when it was discovered he was brought before Joshua. Look at Joshua 7:25, “And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.”
God is serious about sin. There is punishment for it. We must keep our heart sensitive to the Holy Spirit of the Living God so when we are convicted that we deal with it immediately. Maybe, the effects of our sin might not be to the extent of Achan; but, sin has serious consequences. We need to consider that before we do what we are not supposed to do.
As I was thinking about this theme of “Cover Up” I began to recall many people in the Bible who are guilty of this very thing. Abraham asked Sarah to conceal her identity in order to save his life (so he thought). This pattern continued in the family too. Adam and Eve tried to cover up as we have already seen.
How about Ananias and Sapphira? Their cover up was deadly to both of them. Remember they lied about the amount of money they gave in the offering. They wanted people to think they gave more than they really gave. Their deceit cost them their lives because they lied to God the Holy Ghost.
Some of us might know of or remember a man named Achan. His cover up is recorded in Joshua 7:21, “When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. ” Because of his cover up his sons, daughters and animals were taken into the valley and burned.
These are all serious consequences from what people today would consider a “minor offense”. Wrong! When you look at it from God’s perspective you see it totally different. You see it as sin against a Holy God. This cannot be. Sin will be dealt with It might not bring the house down upon you at that moment; but, rest assured it will come back one day. Then you will regret it possibly for eternity.
As I looked at the burn on my arm; which is getting better, I thought about women. No, it was not a curling iron accident. I thought about how women use make up. Believe me, some of us need make up. We have friends that when they arrived at Church the lady of the house would remain in the car putting on her make up. When someone would ask the husband where he wife was today he would tell them, “She is out in the car painting the barn.” What can you say to that.
This cover up started back in the beginning. Only three chapters into the Scriptures we have Adam and Eve taking part in the first cover up. Look at Genesis 3:7-8, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”
God had warned them about partaking of the fruit. When they did things played out just as He had told them. Their eyes were opened and then they knew they were naked. Then shame cam flooding in. How do I know this? Their attempt to cover up. They were before Almighty God and tried to cover up their nakedness. They were trying to cover their sinfulness too.
Is this not the reason that we try to cover up today? Absolutely, it is. We have an image in our mind that we want to live up to and when we don’t meet that expectation, we cover up.
It is like the spiritual life. We do everything we can to cover our sin before God. Guess what? He already knows about our sin. Remember, Jesus died to pay the debt of yours and my sin. He knows. Quit trying to cover up and be honest before God. Trust Him today as your Saviour and you will not have to cover up anymore.
The other day I was making two double batches of my homemade BBQ sauce. Someone had requested some of both the honey hickory and the honey mesquite. When I finished the second batch I tuned off the burner. Then I removed the lid from the stainless steel pot. Then I moved the pot to a cooler burner. When I removed the lid; before moving the pot, the BBQ sauce boiled violently for a couple seconds. A splatter about the size of a dime hit my right arm. It hurt badly!
I wiped my arm off and it turned a little red. Then it began to blister and hurt terribly. I ran cold water over it in an attempt to stop the burning and cool things down. For several days I put medicine on it and it is healing. Upon going to Church on Sunday my suit coat rubbed against this area of my arm. It hurt horrible.
I began to think. The suit coat was covering the burn mark. Unfortunately, the thing that was hiding the burn from sight was the one thing that was irritating it. Then my mind ran to Proverbs 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
We need to quit covering up our sin with whatever we can find. We need to confess our sin to God and forsake it. Then we can move on and live in freedom. The problem is that too man of us love the pleasure of sin and we don’t want to forsake it at all. Yet, this is what is bringing an irritation into our lives whether we realize it or not. It is time to quit covering up and get it out in the open before God and get forgiveness and freedom.
Jesus is a hot topic this day and age. Those who hate Him seek to obliterate His precious name from all of life. They can take away His precious name; but, they cannot obliterate Him. Praise the LORD!
I was thinking after hearing my friend Evangelist Dale Tilley preach yesterday evening. I am going to share some of his thoughts over the next couple days.
First of all Jesus is the Sinless Man. Look at II Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” There it is. We have proof that Jesus was sinless; but, became sin for you and I so that we could become the righteousness of God.
I remember a few months ago a television show launched titled “Black Jesus”. It pictured our LORD Jesus Christ as a pot smoker and many other vile things. It is blasphemous! You see, the world wants to drag Jesus down to their level. They want to make Him just like them. This will never happen. He is the Sinless Son of God!
What do you think about Jesus? Is He God or is He not.? Your answer or what you believe about Jesus could mean an eternity without Him in a real place called Hell.
Monday evening I took off to the field to chisel plow. I really enjoy being able to work on the farm again. I sometimes think about how my family is feeding America and the world with their efforts. This is a powerful thought to me.
I worked Monday evening until about 4a.m. on Tuesday (I would not recommend this). I was glad I did because the rain came in and we cannot work again. The chisel plow I use is about as wide as the tractor I drive. This means I have to get really close to the edge of the field and this causes me to come in contact with large tree limbs.
Late Monday evening a large tree limb hit my outside rear view mirror and knocked it around and that is not unusual. It is designed to break back. It did with such force that the mirror was broken out. I searched in hopes of finding the mirror glass. I found a corner of it. So, Tuesday afternoon we loaded up and went to the parts counter at John Deere and got replacements. Now, I will have to go replace what I have broken. There is a cost.
As I was thinking about this adventure I had a spiritual thought. If I had not gotten so close to the tree line I would not have broken the mirror and would still have the money I paid for the replacements to pay bills with. It is a domino effect.
Now, let’s think about sin. We want to get so very close to things that we know we have no business being around. We think we can get a little closer and not get hurt. Then “Bang!” goes the mirror so to speak. Look at Acts 28:3, “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.” Yes, these are different circumstances; but, the principle is the same. The “viper” of sin will be “fastened” on your if you are not careful. We must flee sin like it is a snake.
Well, here I sit once again with tears running. As you can see from the title today I will be trying to memorialize one of God’s dear saints. Almost twenty years ago I had the privilege of becoming a reserve police officer in our little burg. It paid nothing; but, your training and uniforms were free.
During my time as a reserve deputy town marshall I met so many different people. One of those people was David Spannuth. David is a stellar Christian man and his sweet wife Connie is a stellar Christian woman. I remember how excited David told me that he was when he found out that another Christian brother was coming on board the police department. We enjoyed many hours of sweet fellowship. I would come out and ride along with him (even though I was not allowed to do so) and we would talk about the LORD. Such sweet fellowship.
Yesterday, we received word that David Spannuth had gone to be with our LORD. I managed to hold back all the emotions until this writing. Now the tears fall for those who know and love David. There is now a part of them that has departed. Oh, we would not wish David back to this vale of tears and pain. There is one thing for sure. One day I will see my friend David Spannuth again. I believe that it will not be long until that meeting will be taking place.
Let me ask you my reader. Are you really prepared for Heaven? Was there a day in your life when you realized and acknowledged that you are a sinner? After you realized this did you cry out to Jesus to forgive you of your sin and ask Him to save you?
If you have never done that would you please contact me and let me take the Bible and show you how to be born-again so that you too can spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, David Spannuth and me.
Yesterday was the anniversary of what we call D-Day. Sixty-nine years ago yesterday our men stormed the beaches of Omaha, Normandy and Utah. My dear friend Dr. Larry Lilly posted a great article here. His article caused me to think (uncharted waters for me).
Here in America, we are under attack. We are being swarmed by attacks, wave, upon wave, upon wave. Do you even realize this? If not here is your warning. We need to wake up and smell the smoke of the artillery.
We have become so lazy in America that we sit by idle and just let life pass us by. We try to accumulate as many “toys” as we possibly can; but, we don’t care that people with souls die every day and go out into eternity. Each time your heart beats two (2) people step out into eternity. The next time it could be your turn. Are you prepared?
If you want to go to Heaven when you die you must realize that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 assures us that we are all sinners and fall short. Romans 5:8 tells us that God demonstrated His great love to us by sending Jesus to die on the cross in our place. Romans 10:9 and 10 tells us that we must call upon Him in prayer confessing our sin and He will save us. This is so simple; but, pride keeps millions from trusting Jesus as Saviour. Will you trust Him today?