A Devotion by Ron English
Our Text Poster addresses one of the oldest challenges man faces on this earth. Jesus spoke to Adam about his sin before he committed it. Adam was a smart man for he named all of the animals God brought before him. But I am not sure he had a viable concept of what he was getting himself into when he followed his wife in her sin. I know why he did it, but not sure he had a feel for how far-reaching his sin would take the human race and the ultimate cost of that sin. Sin marred the garden, troubled Adam from that day forward and has troubled his kin until this day. Does anyone doubt that sin pays wages? Not cash wages but troubled wages. Every human that has been born into this world has been tagged with Adam’s sin. I hear it said every now and then that we are made in the image of God. I don’t believe that. We are made in the image of Adam. We are his kin. Adam was made in the image of God. I heard Adrian Rogers say yesterday (in a recording) the same thing. He asked his congregation to look around– do you think this crowd looks like God? God created the heavens and the earth. He hung the stars and the sun and the moon. He created a beautiful earth and he created Adam and took a rib from his side and made him a beautiful helpmeet. Adam and Eve spoiled the picture perfect setting of heaven on earth. Every war, every crime, every illness, every trouble man faces all can be traced back to that Garden scene of the tragedy of Adam’s sin. I saw 60 Minutes yesterday and the story segment of the Sudan and those poor, poor people who have no idea where their next meal will come. The USA is sending relief nearly every day, but it is so little for so many. I saw that large cargo jet come in at 195 miles an hour high in the sky and dump tons of food that splattered on the ground. More by parachutes. Those poor people scrambling for that precious food. Their plight can be traced back to Adam in the Garden. I don’t think Adam could see that in his wake. But it is there. Our Text Poster says there is a wage connected to what he did. “The wages of sin is death…” I saw a poster yesterday where an atheist asked a Christian why his God didn’t show himself so all could see Him. The Christian said, “He did. And they crucified Him.” Don’t you think if God with His Omniscience and Omnipotence could have come up with a better plan to redeem sinful man He would have done so? There was no human ever to be born that qualified to pay the redemption price. So God had to arrange to send a baby–His only begotten Son to do the job. The first Adam lost everything and the Second Adam redeemed him. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” That great truth was fleshed out when Jesus declared to His disciples just before He was crucified for our sins–”I am the way, the truth, and the life…” And then Jesus confirmed in that verse what I have plainly stated in this devotion. There was not another way. He was it! “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. Jesus is the only Way to Heaven. He is the only Person the Father will consider in the salvation and redemption plan. The world of religion and the secular wickedness of man looks for another way. But they look in vain. Jesus is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the Life. If you reject Him you will one day face God in your sins.There will be no discussion of the matter, no reasoning of your situation, no excuses will satisfy His holiness. Some might think today that God is unreasonable in His narrow plan. Yes, He is. Wide is the gate that opens to the wrong road and destruction. Many are on that road today. Strait is the gate and narrow the way that leads to eternal life. Few will ever find it. That is why Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Have you heard that Gospel and believed it? “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Dr. Joe Henry Hankins said, “We shall all meet God one day. If you die in your sins you will have to meet God in your sins.” What an awful meeting day that will be. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31 “You may meet God without a moments notice. If you are not saved nothing else matters.”
Joe Henry Hankins
Answering the Biggest Objections to Christianity – Dr Ravi Zacharias
By Rear Admiral Barry Black Chaplain of The United States Senate
Here is the message that Admiral Black gave at the National Prayer Breakfast where President Trump was present. Here is a message on prayer you will want to hear.
Rear Admiral Barry Black, Chaplain of the U S Senate
Casting Our Care Upon Christ
W. A. Criswell
Do you have cares you can’t seem to deal with? Do you have burdens you can not meet? Are you facing trials you can’t handle? If there was an answer you could adopt and be helped would you take it? Here is a link to a message by W A Criswell. Are you too busy to listen and watch? If so you are too busy. If you have prayed for help this could be the source God wants you to hear. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Take the time to heed this message for it is designed to help you. It is given to bless you. This is a totally free report in detail. The minister is the late W A Criswell of Dallas, Texas. He was the long-time pastor of First Baptist Church/Dallas. Click the following link for this dynamic message by Dr. Criswell.
1 Peter 5:7
” Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
On the radio and on television you are rejoicing with us in the First Baptist Church in Dallas. This is the pastor bringing the message entitled Casting Our Care Upon Christ. It is a message from the Úfth chapter of 1 Peter. In our preaching through this epistle of Simon Peter, last Sunday we stopped at verse 4 in chapter 5. This Lord’s Day we begin at verse 5 and preach through verse 7, “Yea, all of you be subject unto one to another, and be clothed with humility,” then he quotes Proverbs 3:34; a proverb that is quoted by James, the preceding epistle, in James 4:6: For God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Humble ye therefore yourselves under the hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. [1 Peter 5:5-7] The verse that he quotes out of Proverbs is so dynamically stated here as the apostle wrote it in that Greek language, “God resisteth the proud” [1 Peter 5:5]. Tassō means “to arrange, to appoint, to determine, to set oneself,” tassō. Antitassō means “to arrange oneself against, to determine against, to set oneself against,” it is a strong, strong word. God antitassō, “sets Himself against.” The whole order of God’s universe is arranged against the proud. Isn’t that an unusual thing that God should take such a dislike, show such deep disfavor for soul-emptying, self-destroying pride, and yet it is a natural concomitant of our fallen natures? We like to be lifted up; we like to be received; we like to be advanced; we like to live in ourselves, and we like for all of life to revolve around us. We like to be ministered unto; we like all of the plaudits of the galleries. We love being the center of attention, made over. Pride: it is natural to the fallen man, like weeds grow up in a watered garden, or like the reeds and the rushes grow up on the side of a pond, so pride is a characteristic of our fallen natures. When we kill it, it has a thousand lives. When we try to bury it, it bursts forth out of the tomb. It takes on a thousand shapes. And when we think we have captured it, it eludes our grasp and mocks our pursuit. Pride is a God-defying sin. It arraigns the justice of God as did Cain [Genesis 4:8-16]. It confronts God and challenges Him to combat, as did Pharaoh: “I don’t know Jehovah. Who is He, that I should obey His voice?” [Exodus 5:2]. It even shapes itself into a god, as in the days of Nebuchadnezzar [Daniel 3:1-7]. If I have any sensitivity to the Scriptures at all, I think it says that Satan fell, Lucifer fell because of pride; he lifted up his spirit and would be God himself [Isaiah 14:13-14]. God antitassō, “He arranges Himself, He sets Himself,” the whole universe is against pride. “But God giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may lift you up in due time” [1 Peter 5:5, 6]. 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 2/10 mighty hand of God, that He may lift you up in due time” [1 Peter 5:5, 6]. How would it be that a man humbles himself before God? May I mention about four things? Here’s one: a man would humble himself before God if he receives the most menial, lowest oÜces in Christ as though they were opportunities of great honor, such as being a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord, such as speaking a word to a little child. That’s not beneath the dignity of a saint of God, to talk to a little child about our precious Lord, or such as washing the saint’s feet. I have been in services of those old Primitive, foot-washing Baptist people. They cry their tears fall into the pans as they wash each other’s feet. I wish I knew something to do in the church like that. “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God” [1 Peter 5:6]. Doing little things that we might do great things; being obedient in order that we might be rulers in His kingdom. How would you depict a real, and glorious, and great Christian? How would you draw him? Well, here are some things I can suggest: a king, keeping the door of God’s house; a prince, feeding little lambs; or better and best still, the Son of God, clothed in the garment of a servant, a slave [Philippians 2:5-8], washing His disciples’ feet [John 13:4-5]. I think that’s what the apostle had in mind, by using one of the most unusual Greek verbs that you could ever stumble across: egkomboomai. Isn’t that a heavy, multisyllabic word, egkomboomai? Well, you’d look at that thing in reading this Greek text and say, “What in the earth does that word mean?” It’s used nowhere else in all God’s Bible. And yet, He uses it here. So you go to a lexicon, a dictionary. I don’t know what it means. You look it up in the lexicon, and the word means, “bind on yourself the clothing, the garments, of a slave.” That’s the word he uses here when he says that we are to be clothed with humility [1 Peter 5:7], we are to bind on ourselves the clothing of a slave. And I think Simon Peter had in mind that never to be forgotten moment when the Lord took oÙ His clothes and girded Himself as a slave to do the menial task of a household servant [John 13:4-5]. There was nobody there to wash the feet of the guests, so the Lord took oÙ His garments and girded Himself in the clothing of a slave, and He washed feet. You think that’s great? God says it is. That is the way to be exalted! “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” We stoop to conquer. What does this mean: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God”? [1 Peter 5:6] For a second thing: not only the acceptance of a menial assignment in the name of Christ, but also the yielded surrenderedness to the disciplines of God. “Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth” [Hebrews 12:6]. And there’s no one of us that escapes the rod, the disciplines of God. And to bend before the will of God, as a reed bows before the wind; to be yielded to the will of God, as soft wax will take the imprint of the seal, thus to receive from God’s hands God’s disciplinary providences is to humble one’s self before the Lord, not Úghting against God, not hating God. As our Lord, in Gethsemane, He kissed the rod that beat Him and prepared for heavier strokes. So the things that come in our lives over which we have no control, to receive them as from God’s hands, and to be grateful for them. There was a little boy I read about who was very crippled. And he hollered at the streetcar conductor as the streetcar stopped at the corner: “Wait up, mister! Wait! Wait for me, I’m coming! Wait!” And the streetcar conductor kept the streetcar door open, and the little, crippled boy clambered in and found a seat by a man who looked at the little fellow in amazement. The boy was so bright, though so terribly crippled, and so cheerful. And the man couldn’t help but exclaim to the lad, “Son, you seem so happy and so bright and so glad. How do you be that way when you are so crippled?” 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 3/10 bright and so glad. How do you be that way when you are so crippled?” And the little fellow brightly replied, “Oh, sir,” he said, “Oh sir, my father tells me that God always gives us what is best. And don’t you think I ought to be happy with the best?” Whoever was the father of that little boy was a great man! He had found the answer. What God gives us is what is best and to receive the disciplines of life, the circumscriptions of life, as from His hands is to be blessed, humbled that you might be exalted. What is this, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God?” [1 Peter 5:6] Not only the acceptance and honor of a menial task, an assignment in Christ, and not only yielding in gracious submission to the disciplines of God, but coming to God in God’s way, gratefully, gladly, humbly coming before the Lord, not in our way, but in His. Not in some self-chosen, reasoning persuasion that we have decided upon, but as God shall invite us, so we come into His presence. Maybe coming full of wonder, bowed down, weighted down with wonder that God should love us and that He should invite us. Astonished, overwhelmed that God should have paid so great a price for us [1 Peter 1:18-19]. Just in amazement, that God should have chosen me, should have invited me! Coming to God in God’s way, not arguing with God, “Now, God, I think of it like this, and here’s the way I think I ought to be saved. And here’s how I think I ought to come.” No, but doing it God’s way! · When God says, “Look and live” [Numbers 21:8], I shall look! · When God says, “Believe, and be saved” [Acts 16:31], I shall believe. · When God says, “Trust” [Psalm 62:8], I shall trust. · When God says, “Wash and be cleaned” [Revelation 7:14], I shall wash. · When God says, “Confess” [Matthew 10:32], I shall confess. · When God says, “Be baptized” [Matthew 28:19-20], I shall be baptized. · When God says, “Join yourself to His people” [Hebrews 10:25]. I shall join myself to His people, humbly, coming before the Lord in God’s way, not mine. What does it mean “to humble oneself before the Lord, that He might exalt us in due time?” [1 Peter 5:6]. Why, I think it means emptying ourselves of us and being Úlled with the divine fullness of God. Even God cannot Úll a cup that’s already Úlled. Even God can’t come into a man’s heart when he’s full of himself: all he thinks about is himself, all he talks about is himself, all he dreams for is himself, all his whole life revolves around is himself. How can God do anything for a man like that? But, if a man will empty himself, “Nothing of me, Lord, may it all be of Thee.” That man can be Úlled with all of the fullness of the Triune God. “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” [1 Peter 5:6-7]. Now if we will do the verse 6, “Humble ourselves unto God” [1 Peter 5:6], there are a whole lot of cares that we won’t be burdened with in verse 7, “Casting all of your care upon Christ” [1 Peter 5:7]. Ah, there are so many things that burden us, and weigh us down that we bring on ourselves. They don’t come from God; they come out of us. There are some men who are grasping; they are ambitious, and they are 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 4/10 out of us. There are some men who are grasping; they are ambitious, and they are never satiated with self-preferment. The more they have, the more they want. The more publicity given them, the more they eagerly seek it and desire it. The more advancement that they make, the more they want to be advanced. The more famous they are, the yet more famous they want to be. They are never satisÚed; the more money they have, the more they want to get. And they are Úlled with the cares of this world, seeking themselves, presenting themselves, and they are unhappy in their hearts, they are weighed down with themselves! There are some cares, I say, that we bring on ourselves: troubled about tomorrow, worried about tomorrow, Úlled with anxiety about tomorrow. God says there’s enough trouble in any day we live in besides borrowing tomorrow’s trouble [Matthew 6:34]. Just trust God for it, just believe in God for it, that’s a care that we don’t need to bear, just turn it over to God, every tomorrow. There are cares that come upon us that we bring upon ourselves. One of the strangest things about big men is that they can be vexed and upset over such little things. Jonah was a great man. Jesus pointed him out and said the greatest revival preacher of all time. There never was a man that had such a result in his preaching as Jonah, Jesus said so! [Matthew 12:41] The entire great world, ancient capital of Assyria, the entire city of Nineveh from the king clear down to the lowest servant, repented at the preaching of Jonah [Jonah 3:4-10]. He was a great, great prophet of God and a mighty revivalist. Now I want you to look at him. He’s over there on a hill, sitting under a gourd vine pouting, pouting! [Jonah 4:6]. You know what he is pouting about? At Úrst, he started oÙ about what God might do about Nineveh [Jonah 3:2-3]. But this pouting I’m talking about was over a cucumber vine, it was over a bower of melon leaves; it was over a gourd that grew over his head and a worm cut it down and it made Jonah mad! “I’m mad!” And, not only did it make him mad, but he said: “I want to die!” [Jonah 4:5-9]. All over the wilting of a gourd vine; that’s Jonah, and that’s you! I know a man that lost his entire fortune and never thought anything about it; he just lost his whole estate. And he got furious with his wife over a button that wasn’t sewed on his shirt. We can be that way; we vex ourselves over little inconsequential minutiae! Now these are the cares that he’s not talking about. If we live under God, and as unto the Lord, none of those will ever come upon us. Well, what are these cares that Simon Peter is thinking of: “Casting all of our cares upon Christ” [1 Peter 5:7]. What are those cares? Well, I can name several of them. Here’s one: spiritual cares. And by spiritual cares I mean, “O God, dear blessed Jesus, what if my life fails? Lord, what if I don’t make it to heaven? Lord, what if I fall into hell? Lord, what if my soul is not ultimately saved? What’s going to become of me when I die and in the great judgment day, O God, am I going to be saved?” Why, the Lord says to me by His inspired apostle Paul in the Úrst chapter in Philippians, he says, “He that hath begun a good work in you, He will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ,” to the great consummation of His coming [Philippians 1:6]. He says in the last chapter of the Book of Hebrews, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” [Hebrews 13:5]. And He says in the tenth chapter of John, “I give unto you eternal life; and you will never perish” [John 10:28]. What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have Ûed? 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 5/10 ["How Firm a Foundation," John Rippon,1787] That is one care I can take to Jesus. “Lord, am I going to make it? Am I going to be saved? Really, God, will I be in heaven some day? When they call the roll up yonder, will I answer, Here, Lord, here I am?” God says, “Yes! You turn that over to Me, I will see you through. All the devils in hell cannot get you; and all of the sin in the universe cannot sink you, cannot destroy you, because where sin abounds, My grace overÛows, it more abounds” [Romans 5:20]. I can take that care, am I going to make it? Am I going to get to heaven? Am I going to be saved? I can take it to Jesus. What are these cares that he’s talking about, that I can take to the Lord? [1 Peter 5:7]. Here’s one of them: kingdom cares, kingdom cares. Now, what do you mean about kingdom cares? I mean the foreboding that sometimes Úlls our hearts about God’s kingdom in the earth. You can look around you, and you read, and see, and visit, and it seems as though the kingdom of darkness is going to swallow up the kingdom of light. Why, there are whole great nations of the earth, and one third of its population, that is under stated state atheism, darkness like midnight, like you could cut it. And even in Christendom, there’s a great apostasy and falling away, in empty churches, all over this earth. “Lord, what is going to become of Thy kingdom?” That’s a care I can take to God. He presides over His own. Even on the cross light shined from the cross that the darkness could not quench, could not put out, could not drown. And some of the most brilliant rays that have ever Ûooded the darkness of this world have come from the shining of the Úres that have burned the martyrs at the stake. I can take it to Christ. He is able, and He presides over this universe. Upon a day when I Úrst came here to Dallas, I sat by Mrs. Truett and talked to her about her great husband, pastor of this church forty-seven years. She said to me, to my great surprise, that sometimes the great preacher, George W. Truett, would be despondent; he fell into despondency. She said it was at a time when he felt he had failed, and she said to me, “I said to him, ‘George, when you have prayed and asked God to bless you; and when you have done the best that you can, then leave it to Jesus, leave it to God.’” It is for us to dig the well; it is for God to send the rain and the water. It is for us to plant the seed; it is for God to make it to sprout and grow. It is for us to cultivate the Úeld; it is for God to give the harvest. It is for me to witness; it is for God to give the increase, to save the soul. That’s a care I can take to Jesus. When I’ve done the best I can, then God must do the rest, and He will; casting all our care upon Christ [1 Peter 5:7]. What are these cares that the apostle speaks of? I think they are cares that attend our business life: “O Lord, I must make a living for my wife and my children, and I must support my home and I must win daily bread. Lord, I have staked everything I have into this business. O God, what shall come of it?” That’s a care that I think a man can legitimately and rightfully, and pleasingly to God, take to Christ. Make Him your partner; He will bless you, He will see you through. Queen Elizabeth, of the 1600s, Queen Elizabeth I, called in a merchantman in London and asked him to go on a mission for her across the seas, a long time to be absent. And he replied, “But Your Majesty, but Your Majesty! What shall become of my business while I’m gone? It will fail! It will go bankrupt! I cannot leave on so long a mission, Your Majesty, I cannot go! What will happen to my business?” 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 6/10 And the queen said to that prince of merchants, she said, “Sir, you go on my business, and take care of my business; and while you’re gone, I’ll take care of yours.” The merchant went abroad, stayed, did the work of the queen, came back, and to his amazement, under her patronage and her tutelage and her care and guidance, his business had Ûourished and quadrupled! That’s what God will do for you, if you’ll make a partner out of Him and take it to Christ. I want to show you that I’m not just saying words. Look, look out of the Book. The Lord Jesus said to Simon Peter who was in the Úshing business, he and the sons of Zebedee were partners in the Úshing business, that’s what God’s Book says, they were partners in the Úshing business. So the Lord said to Simon Peter, “Simon, I want your boat. I want your boat. You see these people, I want it for a pulpit to preach in. I want to borrow your boat” [Luke 5:1-3]. And Simon Peter could have replied, “Lord, Lord, You don’t understand. Lord, that’s my livelihood! That’s my business! I can’t give You my boat. I don’t have any other way to Úsh. I don’t have any other way to make a living but to Úsh. Lord, I need the boat, You can’t have it!” But what does the Book say? Simon Peter gave the Lord his boat, and the Lord used it to preach the gospel. Then when the message was done and the sermon was Únished, “Simon Peter,” said the Lord Jesus, “Simon, launch right out there.” And when he got out there, the Lord says, “Now, let down your net” [Luke 5:1-7]. And he got a haul, a catch of Úsh. Under Jesus he caught more Úsh in ten minutes than he had ever caught in the previous ten months of his life. I’m just telling you what’s in the Book, I never made that up, that’s in the Book! You’re in a business? Make Jesus your partner, take every problem and every decision, take it to Jesus, see what happens to you and your business. “Casting your care upon Him; for He careth for you” [1 Peter 5:7]. Oh, where does the time go? One other, the cares of the home, of the children: “Does the Lord know my name? Does He? Does He know where I live? Does He know what I do?” Listen, He cares for ants as well as angels; He cares for worms as well as whales, for He cares for sparrows as well as for cherubim, for butterÛies as well as for battalions of angelic hosts. And He knows all about you, and your cares, and your children, a mother: The Master has come over Jordan, Said Sarah the mother, one day. He is healing the people who throng Him, With a touch of His hand, they say. And now I shall carry the children, Little Rachel, and Samuel, and John, 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 7/10 Little Rachel, and Samuel, and John, I shall carry the baby, Miriam, For the Lord to look upon. The husband looked at her kindly, As he shook his head and smiled: Now who, but a doting mother, Would think of a thing so wild? If the children were tortured by demons, Or dying of fever ’twere well; Or had they the taint of the leper, Like men in Israel. But the mother replied, Nay, do not hinder me, Nathan, I feel such a burden of care; If I carry it to the Master, I know I can leave it there. If He lay His hand on the children, My heart will be lighter I know, For a blessing forever and ever Will follow them as they go. 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 8/10 So over the hills of Judah, Along by the vine rows green, With Miriam asleep on her bosom, And Rachel her brothers between; Among the people who hung on His teaching, Or awaited His touch and His word, Through the royal, proud Pharisees listening She pressed to the feet of the Lord. Now why shouldest thou hinder the Master, said Peter, with children like these? Seest thou not from morning to evening He teacheth and healeth disease? Then Christ said, Peter, forbid not the children, Permit them to come unto Me! And He took in His arms little Miriam, And Rachel He sat on His knee: And the heavy heart of the mother 2/1/2017 W. A. Criswell Sermon Library | Casting Our Care Upon Christ https://www.wacriswell.com/sermons/1974/castingourcareuponchrist/?keywords=Casting+all+your+cares+upon+Him 9/10 Was lifted all earth care above, As He laid His hands on the brothers, And blessed them with tenderest love. And He said of the babes in His bosom, Of such are the kingdom of heaven And strength for all duty and trial That hour to the mother was given. ["Christ and the Little Ones," Julia Gill] Do you believe that? Do you think that’s true? God says it’s true! “Forbid them not.” In my study, to the left, and I look at it hours every day, right there in my study, to the left, is a magniÚcent painting by the Yugoslav artist, painted a century ago, and the title of it is Forbid Them Not. And Jesus is there, standing in a white, beautiful robe, and He has in His arms a little baby, and the children are at His feet. And Simon Peter and the others are trying to send the mothers, with their children, away, but Jesus is holding up His arm like that, saying, “Forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 19:14]. “Casting all your care upon Him” [1 Peter 5:7]; take to Him anything; take to Him everything, and biggest, and best, and mostest of all, take to Him yourself, and your house, and your home, your heart, and your life, and your children, and your every tomorrow. Would you, accepting, receiving, opening your heart to the Lord as Savior, or putting your life in the fellowship of the church? This week someone said to me, “When you give that invitation, would you explain what you mean when you invite people to come to the Lord?” Here’s what I mean, “Lord Jesus, I open my heart to Thee. Forgive my sins; come and dwell in my soul. Write my name in the Book of Life in glory; stand by me in this life, and in the hour of my death, and in the world to come. I want God as my Savior!” And the second invitation, “I want to give my life to God in the church, my membership some other place, but I’ve been saved and I’ve been baptized, and I want to come and fellowship with the church.” Or maybe a third, “I would just like to give my life again and anew unto the Lord, and I’m coming. I want to pray with you.” For whatever reason the Spirit shall press the appeal to your heart, in the moment that we sing this hymn of appeal, come. Answer with your life; make the decision now, and when you stand up, stand up coming. God bless you, angels attend you in the way, while we stand and while we sing
Adrian Rogers / Now in Heaven
http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/love-worth-finding/ (Click this Link for Video Presentation of Dr. Rogers’ message)
The Lost World
The Bad News that make the Good News, Good
- We live in a lost world.
- Our world is on a collision course with judgment.
- Even the things we laugh at, such as in entertainment, are despicable.
- Yet, we are told to be tolerant.
- The sin today, as viewed by many, is not sin itself, but to simply call sin a sin.
- Today’s culture views men as sick, but not sinful.
- Today’s culture says that we may be weak, but not wicked.
- Today’s culture says that we may be ill, but not evil.
- We find many giving excuses for the way we live.
- Romans 1 shows that this lost world is without excuse. Sin is inexcusable and is headed for judgment, and that judgment is called the wrath of God.
- It is that bad news that makes the Good News good.
- Romans 1:18
- God is a God of infinite love.
- He is also a righteous, holy God and a God of judgment.
- Paul shows in Romans 1 why this world is lost and ready for judgment.
- Paul gives three steps in man’s path to eternal separation from God.
- MAN’S WILLFUL SELF-DETERMINATION (Romans 1:19-20)
- The revelation of God’s truth.
- According to this passage, mankind has no excuse for refusing God.
- God’s existence is clearly seen.
- God reveals Himself to mankind through:
- Romans 1:19
- “In them” – the inner, subjective witness of conscience.
- Regardless of background, circumstances, or environment, there’s an inner witness in each of us.
- John 1:9
- Romans 1:20
- “Unto them” – the outward, objective witness of creation.
- Psalm 19:1-4
- The reach of God’s truth.
- This revelation of God is to all of mankind.
- Everyone is without excuse according to Romans 1.
- The resistance of God’s truth.
- Romans 1:18
- The word “hold” in this passage means to “hold back the truth,” “repress the truth,” “smother the truth,” or “suppress the truth.”
- This essentially means to resist the truth; some don’t want to know the truth of God.
- Those who do not believe in Almighty God hold back the truth.
- MAN’S WICKED SELF-DECEPTION (Romans 1:20-21)
- There is a selfish indifference.
- Romans 1:20-21
- We don’t glorify God.
- Truth is not given to satisfy our curiosity, but so that we will worship God and glorify Him; be thankful to Him.
- There is a sophisticated ignorance.
- Romans 1:22
- There are none so blind as those who refuse to see. But those who refuse to see think that they see perfectly clear.
- They profess themselves to be wise.
- When man does not believe in the true God, it does not mean that he believes in nothing. It means that he will believe anything.
- It’s not that men won’t believe; it’s what men will believe.
- There is shameful idolatry.
- Romans 1:23
- The word “changed” in this passage literally means “exchanged.”
- They want to glorify man and creation rather than God.
- Humanity takes our worst vices of war, greed, lust, and pride, and makes gods out of them.
- First, the sinner molds the idol, and then the idol molds the sinner.
- An idol is anything we love more, fear more, serve more, or value more than God.
- 2 Timothy 3:4
- We exchange, or substitute, the glory of Almighty God for these idols.
- MAN’S WOEFUL SELF-DESTRUCTION (Romans 1:26-27)
- How does a society self-destruct?
- They become sexually perverted.
- Romans 1:26-27
- Leviticus 18:22
- Luke 17:26-30
- Ezekiel 16:48-50
- 2 Peter 2:6
- Isaiah 3:8-9
- They become socially perverted.
- Romans 1:28-31
- They become spiritually perverted.
- Romans 1:32
- They are aware of the judgment of God, but they don’t care.
- Three times in Romans 1, it states that God gave them up and gave them over.
- Hosea 4:17
- The worst thing that could happen for an individual or for a nation is to so resist God that He obliges us and leaves us in our sin.
- But the Good News is that Jesus Christ has paid our ransom and that God offers salvation to all who will believe.
- Romans 1:16
- Isaiah 1:18
- Through Jesus Christ, every sin can be forgiven.
- Do you know Jesus?
- Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
- Romans 10:9-10
- Romans 10:13