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Change Comes First From Within !!!!!!

I will probably never forget this incident for as long as I live. Many years ago, while serving in Mexico City, a young girl knocked at our door. She looked to be about 12 years old, bare-footed with braided hair, and wearing a filthy wrinkled dress. I answered the door and she said “pan duro por favor” in a very soft voice which means “stale bread please”.  I told her to wait a moment and I would see. I knew she wanted more than only bread.

I asked my wife if she had any extra bread, which we did. I gathered it up to take to the young girls bag. All of a sudden a thought struck me, why not offer this girl some fresh clothing and shoes and clean her up. I asked her into the house and expressed to her my thoughts. She seemed agreeable and my wife found her some nice clean clothes that fit. Fortunately our oldest daughter was her size in clothes and shoes.

After getting her cleaned up and ridding her of the lice in her mangled hair I asked if she would like to do some work around our house for money instead of begging for stale bread. She agreed, and I told her we would see her at the time we agreed upon.

I was surprised when around the set time she hadn’t shown up. She was late, even on Mexico time, which is much more than fashionably late. I looked for her for a few days and never saw her. Finally, a few weeks later, I saw her in another area begging for hard bread in her old filthy wrinkled dress and bare feet. I learned right then that it is impossible to change a person without first their heart and mind being changed.

Today, most Christians are trying to make our society conform to Christian values when it isn’t Christian anymore. We had the majority for a long time, but it has slipped away. Christians became lazy and comfortable and not about the Father’s business. Now, we are all up in arms in changing society back to its former glory,

Jesus was not the least bit set on spending His time trying to change the politics and society of His day, and it was in a big mess in His day. His time was spent on His Father’s business dealing with the souls of men and women. The most important change comes from within which then effects outward actions.

Don’t expect any change in our country, or any country, until Jesus rules in the hearts of its people. We can and should vote, but don’t be surprised how it all turns out politically while there is no change internally. When I see another ungodly agenda gaining a foothold in our country I’m not at all interested in protesting, but it motivates me more to share Jesus. He is the only One who can change the hearts of mankind, which will in effect change our society. Don’t trust in man, trust in Jesus!!!

Maybe something to think about today!

Until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Wrath To God’s Glory !!!!!!

Wrath To God’s Glory !!!!!!

Surely the wrath of man shall raise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. (Psalm 76:10)

Wicked men will be wrathful. Their anger we must endure as the badge of our calling, the token of our separation from them: if we were of the world, the world would love its own. Our comfort is that the wrath of man shall be made to redound to the glory of God. When in their wrath the wicked crucified the Son of God they were unwittingly fulfilling the divine purpose, and in a thousand cases the willfulness of the ungodly is doing the same. They think themselves free, but like convicts in chains they are unconsciously working out the decrees of the Almighty.

The devices of the wicked are overruled for their defeat. They act in a suicidal way and baffle their own plottings. Nothing will come of their wrath which can do us real harm. When they burned the martyrs, the smoke which blew from the stake sickened men of popery more than anything else.

Meanwhile, the Lord has a muzzle and a chain for bears. He restrains the more furious wrath of the enemy. He is like a miller who holds back the mass of the water in the stream, and what He does allow to flow He uses for the turning of His wheel. Let us not sigh, but sing. All is well, however hard the wind blows.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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He Gives Us Everything That We Need !!!!!!

In Acts 1:1-7 Luke writes this – In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. ”So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority”.

Jesus had spent a lot of time with His disciples and yet they were still confused. They were confused about His life, His ways, His death, His resurrection, His promises, and His kingdom.

I think this is shown to us by the disciple’s last question that they asked Jesus, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” They still didn’t fully understand Jesus message and His purpose. They took His words and translated them into what they thought He should be saying or doing according to their interpretation of Bible prophecy. They thought Jesus was talking about a physical kingdom. 

 My, how often do we do this? When we take His words and change them into what we think He “should” be saying or doing. How did Jesus respond to them? “It is not for you to know “. These words need to be highlighted in all of our Bibles. When we start to get insistent with the Lord, when we get demanding, or when we think we know better we need to remember these words: “It is not for you to know!” We don’t need to know everything! We will never know His complete master plan before we do our part. I think that is why a lot of the time we sit and don’t do anything that Jesus has instructed us to.The Bible doesn’t promise that we will understand before, during, or even after a project (I’m not talking about understanding Scripture, but understanding God’s purposes for the things He commands). What kind of faith would it take if we always knew how things were going to turn out before we started them?

We all fall short in this area. What has God called you to do that you don’t understand and haven’t done?

Until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Night Of Weeping; Joyous Day !!!!!!

Night Of Weeping; Joyous Day !!!!!!

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

A moment under our Father’s anger seems very long, and yet it is but a moment after all. If we grieve His Spirit, we cannot look for His smile; but He is a God ready to pardon, and He soon puts aside all remembrance of our faults. When we faint and are ready to die because of His frown, His favor puts new life into us.

This verse has another note of the semi-quaver kind. Our weeping night soon turns into joyous day. Brevity is the mark of mercy in the hour of the chastisement of believers. The Lord loves not to use the rod on His chosen; He gives a blow or two, and all is over; yea, and the life and the joy, which follow the anger and the weeping, more than make amends for the salutary sorrow.

Come, my heart, begin thy hallelujahs! Weep not all through the night, but wipe thine eyes in anticipation of the morning. These tears are dews which mean us as much good as the sunbeams of the morrow. Tears clear the eyes for the sight of God in His grace and make the vision of His favor more precious. A night of sorrow supplies those shades of the pictures by which the highlights are brought out with distinctness. All is well.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

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Do You Live In the Real World??????

I have had a thought on my mind for 2 days now that I want to share with you. Like most people, I feel the most comfortable, and accepted, when I am around people that are pretty much like myself. I was talking to one of my friends in the coffee shop about it this morning.

Most people spend almost, if not all of their time, around people that pretty much think, act, and like the same things that they do. There is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, we all need this kind of fellowship. It’s healthy and should be a part of all of our lives.

I think in addition to this, we should all have a portion of our time spent with people that we have maybe nothing in common with at all. Jesus, our Master Teacher, shows us this pattern in His life. He didn’t only spend His time with His disciples, and others, who believed that He truly was the long awaited for Messiah, God in the flesh, Son of God. He also spent much of His time among the common, messed up people of society. People like me, and maybe you.

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Matt. 11:19).

Jesus was not ashamed to be called a “friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Luke 7:34). The parable of the lost sheep is an example of the work of Jesus going out to seek the lost. This was a problem with the Pharisees, and maybe the Pharisees of our own day. They had no problem with people seeking God, but they had (and have) a real difficulty with God seeking out sinners.

Today, God is still seeking out sinners through His people. No, we aren’t to be like those He is seeking in deeds and actions, but you can be a friend to sinners without taking part in their lifestyles.

Won’t you be a person used by The Lord to seek out His people in the world today??? Here is something for you to think about today.

Until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Deliverance Not Limited !!!!!!

Deliverance Not Limited !!!!!!

He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. (Job 5:19)

Eliphaz in this spoke the truth of God. We may have as many troubles as the workdays of the week, but the God who worked on those six days will work for us till our deliverance is complete. We shall rest with Him and in Him on our Sabbath. The rapid succession of trials is one of the sorest tests of faith. Before we have recovered from one blow it is followed by another and another till we are staggered. Still, the equally quick succession of deliverances is exceedingly cheering. New songs are rung out upon the anvil by the hammer of affliction, till we see in the spiritual world the antitype of “the Harmonious Blacksmith.” Our confidence is that when the Lord makes our trials six, six they will be and no more.

It may be that we have no rest day, for seamen troubles come upon us. What then? “In seven there shall be no evil touch thee.” Evil may roar at us, but it shall be kept at more than arm’s length and shall not even touch us. Its hot breath may distress us, but its little finger cannot be laid upon us.

With our loins girt about us, we will meet the six or the seven troubles and leave fear to those who have no Father, no Savior, and no Sanctifier.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

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Do You Want The Law Or Would You Prefer Grace??????

Human nature desires to be saved by our obedience to the law. God’s Word says salvation must be by grace (Eph 2:5 and 8). Would you rather be saved by God’s grace or by your obedience to the law? Consider this:

The law tells us what we must do. Grace tells us what Christ has done.

The law requires you to be righteous. Grace makes a sinner righteous.

The law curses. Grace redeems from the curse of the law. The law brings condemnation. Grace brings salvation.

The law ministers to death. Grace ministers to life.

The law produces fear. Grace produces a good hope.

The law tells us to consider ourselves. Grace tells us to consider Christ.

The law tells us that God is a consuming fire. Grace tells us that God is merciful.

The law tells us that we are unable and unwilling to keep the law. Grace tells us what God is both willing and able to do for His people in Christ.

“Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law” (Gal 4:21)? If you would be saved, quit your relationship with the law and flee to Christ. By the grace of God, salvation is in Christ!

Pastor Frank Tate, Hurricane Road Grace Church in Ashland Kentucky

 

Until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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