This Is War!

8 Feb

by Patryk Jaskula

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Isaiah 58:1-2

How big is (your) God?

To the question, some may quote the Scripture here and there, but truly, how much of your reality is awestruck by the presence of God?

Yahweh is the sacred name of God, the name by which God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush. This is the unspeakable name, the ineffable name, the holy name that is guarded from profanity in the life of Israel. The four consonants – yhwh – are the unspeakable four letters.

There are certain words or terms that we use in a very light manner without any forethought, such as blessed, redeemed, born from above or born again, holy, Christian and so on.

To this point, let me ask you something : When was the last time you wept over your sins? Now, a much tougher question : When was the last time you were on your knees because of the ‘acceptable’ or ‘hidden’ sin(s) within the body of Christ?

For those among you who are part of the Facebook community, you must have already saw (or are part of) a group page called “I’m proud to be Christian”. Frankly, I hate that group page – and proud about what!?! Seriously!

As brother Paul D. Washer has said, “As a matter of fact, realize this: Satan and the angels fell and God sent then no savior. And they will go to hell. Our father, Adam, fell and I want you to know that if God would have never sent us a savior and allow the whole human race to go strait to hell. He will still be just, He will still be glorious and still be loving.” Both Scripture and history tells us that on that tree, He was crushed under the full-blazing-hot, white-blinding justice that was coming for you and me. Jesus has emptied His treasures so He could have us, a bride, so that we can humbly say, not arrogantly or proudly, that we are blessed because He was cursed. That we are redeemed because He was abandoned. That we are holy because He was treated as the horrid, helpless and grotesque monster that we truly are (apart from His grace).

I think the most awesome thing in the world tonight is a person that dares to say he’s a Christian. It makes me tremble I’ll tell you that.” said once Leonard Revenhill and he is right about that! Anytime you are about to utter any of those precious words that are so commonly used and taken for granted these days, there should be this holy-revering dread before you; a reminder that rightly crushes us in humility but exalts the Sovereign God above all other things.

At the very early stage of my Christian life, most has been wasted by pursuing madly a girl that I have fallen in love with. She wasn’t a Christian and even as I have met her prior coming to Christ, for me, she was my jewel and more specifically, my idol. I knew what Christ has done to redeem me from both the condemnation of sin and the power thereof. Although my cry to God was to draw me nearer unto Himself, but for a very long time my response was ‘Get off from my face!’ Stinky attitude, I tell you that! And to clarify it a bit more, I was as dumb as a rock…. Really dumb!

When I was running after her and, at the same time, wounding the heart of my God, no one dared to come with a rebuke out of love, but did so just otherwise, which were basically saying, “Congratulations and go fetch her, brother!” It is so secular to be more concerned about the attitude and feelings of men than to be for the glory of God.

Some of you out there cry (possibly even more than I do) to God that He would give you strength, break you and make you whole again. But you hold back when He comes to woo you by His Holy Spirit to let go of the very thing that not only wounds you, but also hurts Him more because you rather stay with this ‘thing’ or ‘person’ than to go and commune with Him. Another quote by Ravenhill, “If there’s stagnation in your life, it’s your fault and not God’s.” Whatever you may be holding to, God is not mad at you but pleads with you to come back to Him. He will send either a brother or a sister, or a sermon, or even a verse to bring you back unto Himself. You must let it go even if it hurts, or makes no sense or does make some sense. Consider Paris Reidhead‘s quote, “I say to you, dear Christian, if you do not know the fullness of the Holy Ghost, come and present your body a living sacrifice and let Him fill you so that He can have the purpose for His coming fulfilled in you and get glory through your life.

If you think that you can do whatever you want and still remain a Christian, then you are better off joining the Atheist’s club because God is NOT looking for some one that will follow Him halfheartedly but rather He is interested in that person that would live recklessly for Him.

The Bible is clear on the fact that God will not always strive with man. So if you continue holding onto your ‘idol’ (for whatever it may be) and pushing God away, there will come a time when He will no longer strive with you. And once that happens, O, what a terrible thing that would be. Here is yet another terrifying quote from brother Paul D. Washer on illustrating the final verdict, “ … before all of the holy heavens. Before all of those blessed creatures that dwell in the presence of God. Man is so defiled, so dark, so disgusting, so twisted, so loathsome before all of them that the last thing they will hear when they will take their first step into hell would be all of Creation standing to its feet and praising God because He has rid the earth of them.” Moreover, Ravenhill said that of the old Puritans, “One of the agonies of hell is the Holy Ghost will be there still convicting men of sin and there will be no place to get rid of it.

The Christian life is not meant to be easy at all. May I ask you if you are so willing to be tempted, to be courted by sin, to listen to its proposals as, ‘Is it not a little one?’ or, ‘There is mercy provided’ or,’I will soon give it up,’ or worse yet, ‘God will understand it,’ which is its cunning language? If ‘Yes’, then be terrified because by your own submission, the deceitfulness of sin has ensnared you, deceived your heart and has made your marriage affection to Christ of no effect.

So while the world succumbs every single day to the law of sin. You, my dear brother and sister in Christ, set your affections on the cross of Christ because only this is eminently effective in frustrating the whole work of indwelling sin.

God bless.

All Eyes On Christ

31 Jan

by Krystian Jaskula

If someone would ask you this simple question, “What do you want?” What and how would you respond? There are so many things that you would want (i.e.: status, success, graduation, money, job, respect, land, toys, food, car, clothes, spouse, children, etc.) but that answer must be something far more worthy to live for than “your best life now”. It must be and have a sense reality. It must be a consummation of the person and finish work of Jesus Christ. And anything else than that is idolatry.

I am convinced that if you would catch only one glimpse of Jesus Christ, it would be beyond any creature’s reach to pull you from it. It will be at least, the beginning of the end of self.

,You will never appreciate Jesus Christ before you first understand something of the preexistence of Christ His exaltation and His humiliation. You will never treasure that pearl of great prize (Matthew 13:45-46) until you first catch something from how high He was to how low He came. Something of His eternal nature, essence and worth. Something of His holiness, glory and might. [see also; John 1:1-3, 14-15; 8:58; 12:41; 17:5; Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14, Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-14; Isaiah 6:1-9; 53]

In this short video, the study was made on Christ’s glory, and I’ve not yet scratched the surface… 

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. “
Colossians 1:15-17

O how can it be that my Master is so infinitely beautiful & glorious and sometimes my heart can be so dull? O Lord, open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. (Ps. 119:18)

To end, I have 3 more things to say:
1) I inform you that the glories that are in the Bible concerning Jesus the Messiah are too great to be contained in a creature mind. Matter fact, anyone who claims that he has found all the mysteries in the scriptures and has also put his arms around the Gospel is an heretic. We will never understand the Gospel, but we will chew on it for eternity.

2) I encourage you to watch this sermon, download it on your mp3, get it on your iPod.http://illbehonest.com/the-gospel-paul-washer

3) I urge you to study the Gospel on your knees because it is the first truth and it is the last. It’s all about JESUS CHRIST.

Ask yourself, “Shall not the Lamb who was slain receive the full reward of His suffering?”

Where are the men and women who will mourn over the sins of others and over their own until Christ be formed?

Abiding in Sripture: Weeks 13-14

1 Dec

Colossians 3:23-24

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Abiding in Scripture: Week 10

9 Nov

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

Abiding in Scripture: Week 9

1 Nov

This week, we will be memorizing Hebrews 2:18. The whole end of Hebrews chapter two is wonderfully encouraging. To think that Jesus was tempted here on earth just as you and I are tempted every day–it’s unbelievable.

Hebrews 2:18 “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

You can check all our memory verses at the top right of this page where it says Scripture of the Week.

That’s it for this week. God bless.

Abiding in Scripture: Week 8

24 Oct

Two whole months. Sixty-one days. One thousand four hundred and sixty four hours. That’s the time that we have been memorizing scripture. Amazing how time flies, but that time seems so much less wasted when we’re abiding in the word.
Am I right?

This week we’re learning 2 Corinthians 5:21. It’s a great verse reminding us of the gospel and how great it was for a perfect God to take on sin on that tree. Memorize, repeat it to yourself and never forget God’s love and mercy in the gospel.

2 Corinthians 5:21
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Be blessed with this verse and all verses. Never take for granted God’s word.

Abiding in Scripture: Week 7

15 Oct

Well we have ended the first section of verses, now we start a new section.

This week, we will be memorizing Psalm 16:11. It’s a verse that reminds us of the pure joy we receive from God and his presence.

Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Memorize and abide in this verse this week!

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