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Jesus Will Keep Us

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Another cold, cloudy and rainy Saturday in March. Like millions of others who have endured this very long winter, I am so ready for the warmth of spring. Thankfully nearly all of the snow is gone from the yard and the ice on the pond is mostly slush. The geese are making more noise as they begin their annual scrimmage for the rights to the pond out back. Surely the arrival of spring cannot be far off!

Tomorrow is my Mother in law’s birthday and we are going to church with her in the morning and then lunch after that. This will be her first birthday since her husband of 56 years passed last June so it will be quite emotional for all of us. I intend to publish a tribute to my Father in law one day so anyone who reads this blog will know that there truly are real men of God among us.

I’ve been reading John’s gospel this week and have been stuck on the 17th chapter for several days now, in particular the 12th verse which reads as follows:

“While I was with them in the world,I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition,that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

What an astounding statement… “I kept them in Your name”. More to the point, this promise has also been given to us. I am fully persuaded that if Jesus could keep the eleven, He can keep you and I through every storm we go through. We never have to fear being left alone because He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us, but will go with us even to the end of the world.

Be comforted in knowing this…

Ron

 

We Need Clean Hearts

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Ps. 51:10

 

The words of the sweet Psalmist of Israel, King David, as he acknowledges his sin with another man’s wife and his futile attempt to cover it up.

 

David’s entire being was affected by what he had done. His relationship with God was broken, the joy of the Lord had departed him, and he was left to reflect upon the magnitude of his error. Surely David must have asked himself a thousand times “was the momentary pleasure of sin worth it”?

 

David’s sin led to lies and deception that culminated in Uriah’s death. Despite David fasting and praying before God night and day, Bathsheba’s baby died. David’s beautiful daughter Tamar was raped by her brother Amnon, who in a revengeful rage killed Absalom, who in turn was slain by Joab. David’s choices led to the rest of his life being one of sorrow and turmoil.

 

Surely, David came to the realization that it was not worth it. The high price of sin was more than even he could bear.

 

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

 

How gracious is our Father to forgive us when we come to Him with a broken spirit. David did not offer to God mere lip service, but rather a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

 

May I encourage you to do as David did and simply turn to the Lord and ask His forgiveness for your sin? If you will do this, you will find as David did that our Lord is a restorer of the broken hearted.

 

Ron

Trying To Serve Two Masters

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“No man can serve two Masters”. Jesus spoke these words over 2000 years ago and they are just as true today. God has called His people out of this present darkness into His marvelous light, yet Christians are strangely attracted to the dark. So much so that it has become acceptable to keep one foot in the church and one foot in the world. Churches everywhere are offering up their own brand of Christianity, one that looks nearly identical to the world that we have been called out of. Would this brand of Christianity even be recognizable to the founders of the church? 

I found an old sermon written by the prince of preachers, C.H.Spurgeon that says it better than I ever could. Here is a short excerpt:

If God would save a man, He must fetch him out from the world—no man can remain part and parcel of an ungodly world and yet be God’s elect one, for this is the Lord’s own words to the enemy at the gates of Eden—“I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed.” Did He not also say to Pharaoh, “I will put a division between My people and your people?” The Lord will sooner burn all Sodom down than Lot shall continue to be associated with its crimes and dragged down by its evil spirit.   source

Please do not allow the enemy to deceive you: you cannot serve two Masters. You will love only one of them, and it may surprise you to learn which one you are the most attracted to.

Ron

Thankful

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How sad to see so many well meaning people spend their lives in search of purpose yet never realizing that life outside of Christ can never be fulfilling. I am so thankful that over 37 years ago I came to know Christ as my Savior, and even though it hasn’t always been easy it has been rewarding in so many ways.

Ron

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