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Teach me Your way, O LORD

A few things from the series confessing your sin… after I have confessed all my knowing sin in my life (ongoing) including my thought mind, How do I prepare my mind to approach God in study or in preparing a lesson and to learn… for me it’s Psalm 86 and much more prayer.

I have to put God in His rightful place You alone are God and that’s just the way it is.

Psalm 86:10-12 For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever

Spurgeon said in his commentary on Psalm 86 ” Instruct me thus at all times, let me live in thy school; but teach me now especially since I am in trouble and perplexity. Be pleased to shew me the way which thy wisdom and mercy have prepared for my escape; behold I lay aside all willfulness, and only desire to be informed as to thy holy and gracious mind. Not my way give me, but thy way teach me, I would follow thee and not be wilful. When taught I will practise what I know, truth shall not be a mere doctrine or sentiment to me, but a matter of daily life. The true servant of God regulates his walk by his master’s will, and hence he never walks deceitfully, for God’s way is ever truth. Providence has a way for us, and it is our wisdom to keep in it. We must not be as the bullock which needs to be driven and urged forward because it likes not the road, but be as men who voluntarily go where their trusted friend and helper appoints their path.”

The Hymn writer had it right when he wrote the words

Teach me Thy way, O Lord

Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!

When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
In failure or success, teach me Thy way!

When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!

Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!

Benjamin M. Ramsey, 1919.

This will be the passion and desire of a Christians heart… Speak O Lord

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Why Six Days? and The Facts About Fossils

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Bach’s Goldberg Variation Aria

This is played by Glenn Gould, in my opinion one of the best pianists who plays Bach.

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A Faithful Dog Barks

“A faithful dog barks at the first sound of a thief and risks his own life to protect his master’s life and his family-shall the church be plundered by the thieving of the ungodly, shall God’s majesty be stamped under foot, shall Christ be robbed of his own kingdom, while we watch and say nothing?” John Calvin

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Philippians 4:10-13

Dedicated to my lovely wife and to my dearest friend who I love.

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Be sure your sin will find you out

“But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

When I first read this verse it was a frightening experience for me I mean, my hidden sin in my life is seen… by who ? surely nobody knows… who can read my thought mind ? who can look at my heart ? over and over I would ask this… by who ? nobody knows but me “RIGHT” I couldn’t get this verse out of my mind. be sure your sin will find you out.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil

Matthew 10:26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.

Luke 8:17 “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.

Nobody knows but me “RIGHT” If you’re not sure who sees by now

Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off? “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.

Psalm 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

The answer is nowhere can we go, He sees all thing hidden and brings them to light. We as Christians are not to think of hidden sins as less serious and even more respectable than the seen sin. Jesus taught differently in the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Matthew 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

What did this all teach me… that I was a “BIG” Hypocrite, putting on this mask of holiness as I was keeping sin in the deep parts of my mind and heart.

John MacArthur comment

Those who sin secretly actually intensify their guilt, because they add the sin of hypocrisy to their offense. Hypocrisy is a grave sin in its own right. It also produces an especially debilitating kind of guilt, because by definition hypocrisy entails the concealing of sin. And the only remedy for any kind of sin involves uncovering our guilt through sincere confession. Hypocrisy therefore permeates the soul with a predisposition against genuine repentance. That is why Jesus referred to hypocrisy as “the leaven of the Pharisees” (Luke 12:1).

Hypocrisy also works directly against the conscience. There’s no way to be hypocritical without searing the conscience. So hypocrisy inevitably makes way for the most vile, soul-coloring, character-damaging secret sins. Thus hypocrisy compounds itself, just like leaven. Beware that sort of leaven. No matter who suggests to you that appearances are everything, don’t buy that lie.

As a matter of fact, your secret life is the real litmus test of your character: “As he thinks within himself, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). Do you want to know who you really are? Take a hard look at your private life–especially your innermost thoughts. Gaze into the mirror of God’s Word, and allow it to disclose and correct the real thoughts and motives of your heart.

Confess your sin… your thought mind- your angry… the secret sin that nobody knows…well just God and stop trying to cover them up with hypocrisy… cover then up with the blood of the Lamb and be free. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrew 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


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I ask you, DO YOU CONFESS?

To whom ought confession of sin to be made?

I enter on this branch of the subject with sorrowful feelings. I approach it as a sailor would approach some rock on which many gallant ships have made shipwreck. I cannot forget that I have arrived at a point on which millions of so-called Christians have erred greatly, and millions are erring at the present day. But I dare not keep back anything that is Scriptural, for fear of giving offence. The errors of millions must not prevent a minister of the Gospel speaking the truth. If multitudes are hewing out broken cisterns that can hold no water, it becomes the more needful to point out the true fountain. If countless souls are turning aside from the right way, it becomes the more important to show clearly to whom confession ought to be made.

Sin, to speak generally, ought to be confessed to God. He it is whom we have chiefly offended. His are the laws which we have broken. To him all men and women will one day give account. His displeasure is that which sinners have principally to fear. This is what David felt: “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight” (Psalm 51:4). This is what David practiced: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord” (Psalm 32:5). This is what Joshua advised Achan to do: “My son, give glory to God, and make confession to Him” (Joshua 7:19). The Jews were right when they said, “Who can forgive sins but God only? ” (Mark 2:7).

But must we leave the matter here? Can vile sinners like us ever dare to confess our sins to a holy God? Will not the thought of his infinite purity shut our mouths and make us afraid? Must not the remembrance of His holiness make us afraid? Is it not written of God, that He is ” of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on iniquity?” (Hab 1:13). Is it not said, that He “hates all workers of iniquity?” (Psalm  5:5). Did He not say to Moses, “There shalt no man see My face and live?” (Exodus 33:20). Did not Israel say of old, “Let not God speak with us, lest we die?” (Exodus 20:19). Did not Daniel say, ” How can the servant of this my Lord talk with this my Lord?” (Dan. 10:17). Did not Job say, “When I consider, I am afraid of Him?” (Job 23:15). Did not Isaiah say, “Woe is me, for I am undone; . . . for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts?” (Isaiah 6:5). Does not Elihu say, “Shall it be told Him that I speak? If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up” (Job 37:20).

Ryle goes on to say

My last word of application shall be an exhortation. I address it to all who have been taught by the Holy Ghost to confess their sins, and know the subject of this tract by inward experience. I exhort them TO KEEP UP THE HABIT OF CONFESSION to the last day of their lives. My believing brethren, we shall never cease to be sinners as long as we are in the body. Every day we shall find something to deplore in our thoughts, or motives, or words, or deeds. Every day we shall find that we need the blood of sprinkling, and the intercession of Christ. Then let us keep up daily transactions with the throne of grace. Let us daily confess our infirmities at the feet of our merciful and faithful High Priest, and seek fresh absolution. Let us daily cast ourselves under the shadow of His wings, and cry, “Surely in me dwelleth no good thing: Thou art my hiding-place, O Lamb of God!”

May every year find us more humble and yet more hopeful,-more sensible of our own unworthiness, and yet more ready to rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh! May our prayers become every year more fervent, and our confessions of sin more real;-our eye more single, and our walk with God more close;-our knowledge of Jesus more clear, and our love to Jesus more deep;-our citizenship in heaven more manifest, and our separation from the world more distinct!

So living, we shall cross the waves of this troublesome world with comfort, and have an abundant en trance into God’s kingdom. So living, we shall find that our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Yet a few more years and our prayers and confessions shall cease for ever. We shall begin an endless life of praise. We shall exchange our daily confessions for eternal thanksgiving. J. C. Ryle  DO YOU CONFESS? (1816-1900)

On a side note I would encourage any of you who are not a believer in Jesus Christ or who believe in confessing their sins to earthy priests in a confessional box and not the great High Priest Jesus Christ to read the entire sermon by J C Ryle  just click on the link DO YOU CONFESS?

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God is Holy and I am not like Him

Woe is me, for I am ruined would be consider a really bad place to be… but for many of us it is just where we need to be. Isaiah was confronted with how holy God is and he realised just how sinful he was. A. W. Tozer who said in his book Knowledge of the Holy “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” Isaiah said He is Holy I am NOT like Him “Woe is me! for I am undone for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts,”

Tozer goes on to explain ” The sudden realization of his personal depravity came like a stroke from heaven upon the trembling heart of Isaiah at the moment when he had his revolutionary vision of the holiness of God. His pain-filled cry,“Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts,” expresses the feeling of every man who has discovered himself under his disguises and has been confronted with an inward sight of the holy whiteness that is God. Such an experience cannot but be emotionally violent.

So what are we to do ?

Tozer goes on “Caught in this dilemma, what are we Christians to do? We must like Moses cover ourselves with faith and humility while we steal a quick look at the God whom no man can see and live. The broken and the contrite heart He will not despise. We must hide our unholiness in the wounds of Christ as Moses hid himself in the cleft of the rock while the glory of God passed by. We must take refuge from God in God. Above all we must believe that God sees us perfect in His Son while He disciplines and chastens and purges us that we may be partakers of His holiness. By faith and obedience, by  constant meditation on the  holiness of God, by loving righteousness and hating iniquity, by a growing acquaintance with the Spirit of holiness, we can acclimate ourselves to the fellowship of the saints on earth and prepare our-selves for the eternal companionship of God and the saints above. Thus, as they say when humble believers meet, we will have a heaven to go to heaven in.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” Isaiah 6:6-7

Isaiah seen the Lord, He was convicted of his sin, and cleansed from its guilt, then he was ready to serve God… with no broken fellowship, his communion with God good and now we see he was commission to serve God. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

We know from John 12:41 Isaiah saw God in the Second Person of the Trinity, he saw Jesus Christ in all His glorious wonder and holiness and that people… should bring us to our knees and say ,“Woe is me! for I am undone ruined and that’s a great place to be… on our knees confessing our sin’s to a Holy God who is just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 more on that tomorrow.

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Woe is me, for I am ruined!

If you are anything like me you probable run right into bible study, prayer and worship without preparing your heart and mind to come before the living Holy God. So I want to deal with all this in the next few post.

I came to realize that my study was weak, my prayers were self-centered and my worship was about me. That all had to change. I had to understand that God is Holy and that there is none like Him…”There is no one holy like the LORD, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God 1 Samuel 2:2. Revelation 15:4 says “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.” Revelations 4:8 and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.”

But it was Isaiah 6:1-7 When Isaiah was confronted by a Holy God… He says I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted Isaiah 6:1 and the Seraphim stood above Him crying out Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:3 For me it was this Prophet of God’s response

Woe is me, for I am ruined! and he gives his reason Isaiah 6:5 Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; He realizes his sinfulness and if you think that you or I are off the hook… he says and I live with people who are sinful. But if you think we’re undone like Isaiah did God is faithful and good, look what He does in Isaiah 6: 6-7 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

I believe the greatest stumbling block we have as believers in worship , bible study and prayer is un-confess sin in our lives… we will tackle that next time.

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First Day of Summer!

Today is officially the first day of summer and I am thankful for the beautiful weather the Lord has given us.  Sometimes I just need to take a few minutes and thank God for the little things like great weather, I know I often take that for granted.  I have found it is very hard to be negative throughout the day if you are constantly reminding yourself of all the great things that Christ has done for you.  Enjoy the sun (and Son!).

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