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Put Your Troubles Here!

“Cast your burden on the Lord—and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

SpurgeonCast your troubles where you have cast your sins; you have cast your sins onto Jesus—cast your troubles there also! As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father in heaven! Remember, that the longer you take telling your trouble to God—the more your peace will be impaired. The longer the frost lasts—the more likely the ponds will be frozen.

Oh! It is a happy way of smoothing sorrow, when we can cast our burden upon the Lord. Oh, you agitated Christians, do not dishonor your religion by always wearing a ‘frown of concern’. Come, cast your burden upon the Lord. I see you staggering beneath a weight, which He would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden—would be nothing but a bit of dust to Him. See! The Almighty bends His shoulders, and He says, “Here—put your troubles here!” (Charles Spurgeon) HT: Grace Gems

“Cast all your cares upon Him—because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7

Come, cast your burden upon the Lord

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Examine Yourselves

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

SpurgeonNow what is it to have Jesus Christ in you? The Roman Catholics hang the cross on his bosom, but the true Christian carries the cross in his heart and a cross inside the heart my friends is one of the sweetest cures for a cross on the back. If you have a cross in your heart, christ crucified in you, the hope of glory and all the cross of this worlds troubles will seem to you light enough and you will easily be able to sustain it. Christ in the heart means Christ believed in. 

Go Right Through Yourselves
Test Yourselves!
Prove Your Own Selves

Christ in the heart means Christ believed in.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Stony Heart Removed

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:25-27

SpurgeonIf a man has injured his bones, the fractured parts soon send forth healing liquid, and the bone is by and bye restored to its former strength, if a man hath youth on his side. But if a man’s heart were rotten, how could that be cured? If the heart were a putrid ulcer, if the very vitals of the man were rotten, what humans surgery, what marvelous medicine could touch a defect so radical as this?

I will give you a new heart and put
a new spirit within you; and I will
remove the heart of stone from your
flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Calvinism Is The Gospel

SpurgeonI have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchanging, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. C.H. Spurgeon  A Defense of Calvinism

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Faith Is?

martyn-lloyd-jones1“Faith, obviously, is not a mere matter of feeling. It cannot be, because one’s feelings in this kind of condition can be very changeable. A Christian is not meant to be dejected when everything goes wrong. He is told to “rejoice”. Feelings belong to happiness alone, rejoicing takes in something much bigger than feelings; and if faith were a matter of feelings only, then when things go wrong and feelings change, faith will go. But faith is not a matter of feelings only, faith takes up the whole man including his mind, his intellect and his understanding. It is response to truth.” (Martyn Lloyd Jones Spiritual Depression – Its Causes and its Cures)

Martyn Lloyd Jones also said…

“Faith is a refusal to panic”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Freedom of the Will or Freeness of Grace?

 

Freeness of Grace

 

“A man is not saved against his will, but he is made willing by the operation of the Holy Ghost. A mighty grace which he does not wish to resist enters into the man, disarms him, makes a new creature of him, and he is saved.”C.H. Spurgeon

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Faith Speaks In An Entirely Different Manner.

The man who has faith is the man who is no longer looking at himself, and no longer looking to himself. He no longer looks at anything he once was. He does not look at what he is now. He does not look at what he hopes to be as the result of his own efforts. He looks entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work, and he rests on that alone.

He has ceased to say, ‘Ah yes, I have committed terrible sins but I have done this and that.’ He stops saying that. If he goes on saying that, he has not got faith.

Faith speaks in an entirely different manner and makes a man say, ‘Yes, I have sinned grievously, I have lived a life of sin, yet I know that I am a child of God because I am not resting on any righteousness of my own; my righteousness is in Jesus Christ, and God has put that to my account.’

— Martyn Lloyd-Jones  HT: Of First Importance

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Walk by Faith not by Sight

For we walk by faith, not by sight- 2 Corinthians 5:7

He who walks by faith can walk in the sunlight as well as you can, for he walks with God—he has enlightened eyes, but he can walk in the dark as you cannot, for his light is still shining upon him. He trusts in the unseen and in the invisible—and his soul rejoices when present things are passing away. We will not tarry longer upon this point except to say one thing, namely, that those who walk by sight walk alone. Walking by sight is just this—“I believe in myself.” Whereas walking by faith is—“I believe in God.” If I walk by sight I walk by myself. If I walk by faith then there are two of us, and the second one—ah, how great, how glorious, how mighty is He!

He is the Great All-in-All! He is God All-Sufficient! Sight goes to war at its own charges and becomes bankrupt and is defeated. Faith goes to war at the charges of the King’s Exchequer and there is no fear that Faith’s bank shall ever be broken. Sight builds the house from its own quarry and on its own foundation, but it begins to build and is never able to finish. And what it does build rests on sand and falls. But Faith builds on the foundation laid in eternity—in the fair colors of the Savior’s blood—in the Covenant of Grace! It goes to God for every stone to be used in the building and brings forth the top-stone with shouts of, “Grace, Divine Grace unto it.” Beloved, when you say, “I will do so-and-so,” you may be very proud.

But when you can say, “God will do so-and- so, and I believe it,” then you will be humble and yet you may glory and boast as much as you will because there are two of you together. It is not “the sword of Gideon,” but, “the sword of the Lord and of Gideon,” and Jehovah cannot be defeated. “The life that I live I live not, but Christ hides in me,” and this is the grand advantage. In living by sight you have to get your own wisdom, your own judgment, your own strength to guide you. And when you get into trouble you must be your own deliverer, and your own comforter, and your own helper or else you must run to somebody as weak as yourselves who will only send you deeper down into the mire. But when you walk by faith, should there seem to be a mistake you have not made it. Should anything seem to go wrong, you did not steer the ship. And if the ship should run aground, you are not answerable and will not be blamed.

It is yours to be watchful and careful, and to believe that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. But besides this we know that nothing can go wrong while God is in the vessel! Blessed be God, when Christ is on Lake Gennesaret there may come a stormy night, but every vessel gets safely to port. (Taken from C. H. Spurgeons sermon For we walk by faith, not by sight)

All things work together for the good
of those who love God and are the
called according to His purpose.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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24 years ago this April I prayed a prayer

This one was from my heart, 24 years ago this April I prayed a prayer originally posted March 31, 2008

I trusted that the prayer I prayed was going to save me.

Never repenting, never trusting Christ, just the prayer that I repeated from a Pastor.

Now I know it’s all of Christ and His doing….

By grace you have been save, through faith and that’s a beautiful thing!

Now I can say without a doubt I am saved by grace through faith…

and that’s a beautiful thing!!

24 years ago this April I prayed a prayer

March 31, 2008

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24 years ago this April, I prayed to received Christ into my heart and to keep myself out of hell. I basically in my mind purchased FIRE INSURANCE I was for awhile excited about my new found so called faith, but soon returned to my old self, my old ways of sin, but I was saved!! just ask me, I can remember having conversations about my salvation with my neighbors being drunk (what a great witness I was) I would say just believe in Jesus and you’ll be saved too.

The bible tells us that Satan and his demons believe in Jesus Mark 5:7 Its much much more than just believing. I asked Jesus to forgive my sins but I never repented, The gift of repentance was never giving to me 2Tim 2:25Romans 2:4 Acts 11:18

I did what I was told, my Mom said do this and I did it, get Baptize now and I did , had no clue why. Never did I have or show fruits of repentance Luke 3:8 What I had was the sorrow of the world not of God 2 Cor 7:10

John the Baptist comes on the sceen and says repent Matt 3:2 Jesus starts His ministry and says repentMark 1:15 He also says in Luke 15:7 “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Peter preaches his first sermon and says repent Acts 2:38 Paul tells the men of Athens to repent Acts 17:30

I loved what my pastor said yesterday its not how good we are its how bad we are. I have come to realize the last few years that my sin is really bad to a Holy God, The book The Holiness of God by RC Sproul had such a profound impact on my life, he showed me from scripture the holiness of God and how far we truly are, but He chose to save me and He gave me the gift of repentance. Not of myself Eph 2:9 but by His mercy not my will Romans 9:16

Now I can say without a doubt I am saved by grace through faith and that’s a beautiful thing!!

If you never have gotten down on your knees and cried out to a holy God and repented and trusted God I pray he gives you that desire TODAY!!! —Lenny

Paris Reidhead

Former Christian & Missionary Alliance Pastor

Romans 11:36
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Grace and Peace to you in Him with love 
Lenny

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What I Learned In Church This Week

We were talking in Sunday school about the faith of Abraham, how he didn’t waver in his unbelief, but grew stronger in his faith Romans 4:20. We have all heard and read the definition of faith, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen Hebrews 11:1… That’s Abraham!

I love in Romans 4:19 where it says he was contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, despite being against the odds, worst than that, despite all the facts and all the troubles he was confronted with he had faith and hope… In hope against hope he believed as we learned last week Romans 4:18. Abraham put his confidence in what God said He would do, thus giving God the glory.

The only way we as believers can give God the glory is to believe (have faith) in what He says He will do, It’s our disobedience that makes us waver in our faith.

Kittels says this… (pístis) which is attested first, means a. “trusting” (also with the nuance of “obedient”) and b. “trustworthy,” i.e., faithful, reliable, has the sense of a. “confidence,” “certainty,” “trust,” then b. “trustworthiness,” and c. “guarantee” or “assurance” in the sense of a pledge or oath with the two nuances of “trustworthiness” and “proof.” When pístis is specifically faith in Christ, hope is mentioned separately, but such hope contains an element of believing confidence (1 Th. 1:3; 1 Cor. 13:13; 1 Pet. 1:21).

Paul states the content of faith in Rom. 10:9. It involves acknowledgment of the risen Christ. Faith in Christ means faith in his resurrection, and his resurrection implies his prior death for sin (1 Cor. 15:11; cf. Rom. 4:24; 1 Th. 4:14; Phil. 2:6ff.). Kerygma and faith always go together (cf. Acts 2:22ff.), and the reference is always to Christ and what he has done (cf. Jn. 20:31; 16:27; 14:10; 8:24; Rom. 6:8).

Faith in the NT is the same as faith in the OT inasmuch as it is belief in God’s word, but with the difference that God’s deed is now disclosed only in the word. The OT righteous believe in God on the basis of manifested acts, but NT believers believe in God in and with the act of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ as this is known only by gospel proclamation.

Faith is believing His word… In John believing Jesus or his words is believing in him, for proclaimer and proclaimed are the same as the proclaimed himself meets and speaks with us. The act of God is word, and Jesus is this word-act (Jn. 1:1). Believing in Jesus is the same as coming to him, receiving him, or loving him (John 1:12; 5:43; 8:42)  TDNT

So Abraham believed God, Abraham did not waver in his faith. 1. He was willing to go to a foreign land, and 2. then believed God to raise up a son from Sarah’s dead womb. Then 3. the greatest test of his faith when God said to Abraham go and sacrifice your one and only son Isaac in Genesis 22:1-18 In all those difficulties he trusted God. After each test I believe Abraham faith grew stronger.

If you’re reading this and saying, I’m not Abraham… Read this from one writer…..

“The very fact that Abraham was trying to understand how God’s promise could be fulfilled indicates he was looking for a way of fulfillment, although he could not yet see a way. Weaker faith might have simply succumbed to doubt. Sincere struggling with spiritual problems comes from strong, godly faith. Such faith refuses to doubt and trusts in God’s promises, even when no way of fulfillment is humanly imaginable. God’s testing of His children’s faith is designed to strengthen their trust, and they should thank Him for it, hard as it seems to be at the time (see James 1:2–4). When Abraham was tested by God, he grew strong in faith.”

Abraham was convinced and certain how this could all happen, not by his strength but God’s grace and promise… Abraham was fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to do. That’s faith…

The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

 

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