Believe in God–He Will Lift You Up

By Ron English

Fear thou not 3I wish you a joyful day filled with God’s love, mercy, and joy. What a great Text Poster we feature for today. I hope it brings great comfort and cheer to your heart. Look what God promises you:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

1. There is no reason to fear because “I am with thee.”
2. Christians be not dismayed. (Dictionary: Dismay: sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.) In other words, don’t abandon your God given courage–don’t let worldly trials and temptations dishearten you to the point of utter discouragement
3. Why? Because God says, “I am thy God.”
4. He says, “I will strengthen you.”
5. He says, ” I will help you.”
6. He adds emphasis and says, “I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.”

At some point in the past, you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. You believed in Him. You trusted in Him. Perhaps you thought then that you were now living in a state of perfection and victory and there would be nothing but good things coming your way. But you have found it otherwise. You may have experienced trials and troubles, unlike anything you had known before. That is why God put the words into Isaiah’s mouth and moved his pen to write this encouragement, ” Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee;” Latch onto these comforting words and believe them. Say them over in your spirit until they dwell there with confidence and fill your heart with His peace. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” II Timothy 3:12. “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Job 5:7 We are not yet in Heaven. We will face troubles and conflicts. These things are common to man and especially so are they with Christians. God has promised to “Help you.” Haven’t you found that to be true? Has there been a single day when you have felt God has abandoned you? He upholds you every day with His right hand–His right hand of His righteousness.” No matter the darkness of your days, no matter the severity of your pain, no matter the temptations that the devil shoots at you, you have God on your side. A friend of mine wrote me the other day and said, “I have read the last chapter of the Bible and know everything turns out fine for the child of God.” And he is very right with that statement. You now have the Spirit of Christ living in you. He gives you fresh mercies each day. He has left you a Bible filled with His promises and filled with paths leading you in His righteousness. You are not facing all of this on your own. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?: Romans 8:31

If you are facing fears today–shake them off. Confess them to God and expect His strength to support you. If you are in severe pain know that God can help you deal with it. Lean on Him. If you are discouraged confess that to God and ask Him to uphold you as He has promised. He will. If you have a loved one near death make sure they know the Lord and then let God take the next watch and rest in His peace. Christians don’t die they move to their heavenly Home. Trust God about this. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1. There is good reason for some to fear–those who are lost and are afraid to die in that condition.  You need not go on in this fear and troubled heart.  Turn at once to Jesus Christ and call upon His blessed Name.  He will save you completely–for now and for eternity.  He will reserve a Place for you in Heaven and there you will dwell in His House forever.  Pray a prayer like this one and believe it in your heart.  Lord Jesus Christ I know that I am a lost sinner and deserve hell.  Please save me now.  I call upon your Name and accept your clear promise for salvation.  Thank you Lord for saving my soul and help me Lord to live for you. Amen.  If you prayed that prayer please write to me and I will send you additional Scriptures to help you get started right in your new found faith.  If there is a Bible believing church near you go and visit their pastor and tell him about your decision to be saved and your desire to live for the Lord.  You can reach me via email by writing to Ron English–Email: ron.o.english@gmail.com I will be delighted to hear from you and will certainly pray for you and your family.

Ron English, Editor
Ron English, Editor

Have a wonderful day and expect good things from God.  He never fails.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

God is With You in Your Hurting

Editor’s Note: Are you hurting? Has death robbed you of a loved one? Has cancer caused you to retreat to your bed? Are you in a state of depression? Then this word from Charles Spurgeon is for you.

Charles H Spurgeon 3Psalm 23:4
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me.

Behold, how independent of outward circumstances the Holy Ghost can make the Christian! What a bright light may shine within us when it is all dark without! How firm, how happy, how calm, how peaceful we may be, when the world shakes to and fro, and the pillars of the earth are removed! Even death itself, with all its terrible influences, has no power to suspend the music of a Christian’s heart, but rather makes that music become more sweet, more clear, more heavenly, till the last kind act which death can do is to let the earthly strain melt into the heavenly chorus, the temporal joy into the eternal bliss! Let us have confidence, then, in the blessed Spirit’s power to comfort us. Dear reader, are you looking forward to poverty? Fear not; the divine Spirit can give you, in your want, a greater plenty than the rich have in their abundance. You know not what joys may be stored up for you in the cottage around which grace will plant the roses of content. Are you conscious of a growing failure of your bodily powers? Do you expect to suffer long nights of languishing and days of pain? O be not sad! That bed may become a throne to you. You little know how every pang that shoots through your body may be a refining fire to consume your dross-a beam of glory to light up the secret parts of your soul. Are the eyes growing dim? Jesus will be your light. Do the ears fail you? Jesus’ name will be your soul’s best music, and His person your dear delight. Socrates used to say, “Philosophers can be happy without music;” and Christians can be happier than philosophers when all outward causes of rejoicing are withdrawn. In Thee, my God, my heart shall triumph, come what may of ills without! By thy power, O blessed Spirit, my heart shall be exceeding glad, though all things should fail me here below.  –Charles H. Spurgeon

The Battle for Your Mind

Adrian Rogers / Now in Heaven
Adrian Rogers / Now in Heaven

Dr. Adrian Rogers can be seen on this video as he preaches a timely message, “The Battle for your mind.” It is a powerful message well thought out, peppered with Scriptures from God’s Word and illustrated from the fertile mind of Dr. Rogers.  While all of Adrian Rogers sermons are good, this one is great and powered by the Holy Spirit.  THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND 

http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/love-worth-finding/   

Editor’s Note: If you have a challenge opening the above link then go to Dr. Rogers’ website, www.lwf.org and look for this sermon there.  It is simple to find.

 

Adam’s Sin

wages of sin 4A 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

We Shall All Meet God One Day

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
Joe Henry Hankins