Daily Devotional – Ways to Heaven

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death

(Proverbs 16:25)

I hear it far to often, all “religions” are the same they all lead to heaven.  Yet the bible is very clear man’s “way to heaven” is but foolishness for natural man, that is those unrepentant and unconverted by the blood of Christ can not see the kingdom of Heaven.  

 

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

In this his first letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul, here in Chapter 2  writes about his need for and dependence upon the Holy Spirit.  Paul knew that Christ had left the Holy Spirit for some very specific promises and roles (See series beginning here ) that included Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, and Strengthener. 

Here it is made very clear that true believers are to rely upon the Holy Spirits’ guidance while the unbeliever can not phantom the  truths that He brings. 


BREAKDOWN:

But the natural man – The unbelieving unconverted unregenerate man. 

receiveth not – will not accept, thinks them lies, 

the things of the Spirit of God:  – the teachings and wisdom of the Holy Spirit

for they are foolishness unto him: – the Holy Spirits’ wisdom is but gibberish to natural man making no sense at all to him who remains in sin

neither can he know them, – Only the born again, sanctified in the Blood of Christ can accept and understand things of God 

because they are spiritually discerned. – A  worldly man can not judge Spiritual matters he has no knowledge of such things


APPLICATION:

First to my Christians friends; every time I hear someone say ‘I do not understand how someone could do such a thing’ I want to shout “READ THE BOOK!” Our text makes it clear those who are apart from Christ are going to live in darkness because they do not want to live in the light Isaiah 9:2, John 3:19.  Our job is not to condemn, point out the error of their ways with Grace yes, but pray for conversion, pray for the Holy Spirit to act upon their harden hearts. After all we we want them in Heaven Glorifying God forever too!

To the unbeliever; The phraseknowledge is power is often attributed to Francis Bacon, from his Meditationes Sacrae (1597). It was a favorite quote of Thomas Jefferson used at least 4 times.  One question that everyman asks in some form or another is ‘this all there is’ or ‘where will I spend eternity.’

There are many books claiming to have answers but only one has been published more than any other.  If I was an unbeliever and I knew that the most widely published book in the history of man was available for free to read I would be wondering what all the fuss was about. Then knowing that I was incapable of understanding it on my own accord (see our main Text) I would ask the Holy Spirt to enlighten me with the truth. Unless of course the truth is unimportant to you?  

 

A Walk Worthy Of My Talk ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Lord, may my walk,
be worthy of my talk
may it resonate You . . .
in all I say and do.

May it be suitable,
to You applaudable
may it be observed
as a walk reserved.

Lord, may my walk,
be worthy of my talk
may it bring to You . . .
the glory You are due.

May it be regarded,
as a walk discarded
of a list of regulations
for one of regeneration.

Lord, may my walk,
be worthy of my talk
may there be unity . . .
in their pursuit of purity!

~~~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 4:1

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you that ye walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Political Abuse…

Somewhere along the line many career politicians seem to forget they are our elected “representatives” and not our lords and masters.

The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel

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Political abuse…
is what we see today…
but it’s not a new thing…
for it’s been going on this way.
Cause for decades and decades…
wealth of politicians have grown…
while most Americans struggle…
as the real truth is not known.
For those who make the laws…
tend to benefit themselves…

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A Mini Q&A on A Few Calvinistic Doctrines

I, along with my co-pastor, are preaching through the Gospel of John. We’re about halfway done. The Fourth Gospel is not merely introductory material on the Christian life, but a deep, theological book that covers many weighty topics. I would argue that John’s Gospel is

Source: A Mini Q&A on A Few Calvinistic Doctrines

News to Ponder (Various Sources)

Today’s Headlines (my interpretation): SCOTUS,  COVID-19, ELECTIONS, MEDIA BIAS, IMIGRATION, FBI, BLM, ANTIFA,  TOP STORY:  $500B plan to boost black communities 

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


In Amy Coney Barrett, Trump Picks an Exacting Scholar for Supreme Court

Heritage Foundation Launches Campaign for Barrett’s Confirmation

Dirty Attacks Against Amy Coney Barrett Begin Early

Amy Coney Barrett, in Her Own Words

How Black Lives Matter Is Being Used to Further a Communist Agenda

Fear Not the Catholic Justice

Countering Threats From Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Radical Islamist Terrorists

How Our Suburbs Are Under Attack From Illegal Immigrant ‘Sanctuary’ Laws

3 Arguments on How the Constitution Treated Slavery

‘An Outstanding Choice for the Supreme Court’

Ben Shapiro Turns to Heritage for Supreme Court Analysis


‘Stop spreading fear’: Kristi Noem slaps down Rachel Maddow over social distancing hunting video

Insane video shows huge police presence during unauthorized beach car rally event as one rallygoer assaults group of officers

Report: Obama once tried to persuade Ginsburg to retire before crucial election, but she refused

FBI arrests Black Lives Matter activist, accused of spending $200K in donations on tailored suits and property

Liberal law prof shreds Bill Maher for personally attacking Amy Coney Barrett’s faith: ‘A f***ing nut’

Former Dem senator warns how gross attacks on Amy Coney Barrett’s faith may badly backfire

The backlash is intense after left-wing author suggests Amy Coney Barrett adopted Haitian children to shield herself from accusations of racism

Amy Coney Barrett receives endorsement from very unlikely source: ‘Highly qualified to serve’

Woman charged with attempted murder after plowing through crowd of Trump supporters with car

Delaware State University says Biden was never a student after he claimed starting academic career at historically black school

‘Illegitimate’: Democrats swiftly move to delegitimize Amy Coney Barrett with organized talking points

Joe Montana and wife thwart kidnapping of 9-month-old grandchild from their home

Gov. Newsom signs law allowing transgender inmates to be placed in prison by their gender identity, officers required to use preferred pronouns

‘Excellent idea!’: Ted Cruz responds to Dem senator’s threat to boycott Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation


Courting Trouble

Media’s Wuhan Lies Lengthen, Deepen

The Four Young Men Who May Help Carry Our Nation through These Tough Times

The Canonization of Saint Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Music on Hold

The Promise of Freeports

The University as Madrasah

Biden continues to spout nonsense and forget things

Seth Rich: The Murder Washington Doesn’t Want Solved

It’s a COVID Casedemic, not a Pandemic

Amy Coney Barrett and the Zealots

The Upside-Down World of the Woke

Joe Biden’s History Of Race Baiting

How the 2014 Midterms Wrecked the Democrats’ Supreme Court Hopes

Six Strategies for Trump to Make Education Great Again and Woo Back Suburban Voters

Omar political machine linked to ballot-harvesting, stuffed ballot boxes, and cash-for-votes in Minnesota -Project Veritas


Conservative Freedom Network

‘It’s A Madhouse’: FBI Texts Show Crossfire Hurricane Agents

US Marshals Service Reveals Majority Of Rescued Sex-Trafficked Children

Charles Barkley Blasts ‘Fools’ Pushing ‘Defund The Police’

FBI Official On Mueller Team: Flynn Prosecution Had ‘Get Trump’ Attitude

Sarah Palin Threatens To Primary Lisa Murkowski Over SCOTUS Vote

Dem Strategist Slammed Over Questions Regarding Amy Coney Barrett

The Grand Jury Made The Right Decision In The Breonna Taylor Case

Bill Maher Attacks Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

‘Self-Hating Hypocrites’: Black Trump Supporter

Purple State Dems Are Angry At Biden Over Pandemic Restrictions


100PercentFedUp.com

Video: Rally Crowd Goes Wild When Trump Dances to ‘YMCA’

Breaking: Biden Calls On Senate Democrats To ‘Stand strong for our democracy’ and Delay SCOTUS Vote

Video: Jill Biden’s Feathers Ruffled…Refuses to Discuss Joe Biden’s Gaffes ‘You Can’t Even Go There’

Delaware State Faculty Member Refutes Biden’s Previous Claim of Attending the University

Video: MSNBC Anchor Silent When Biden Calls Trump Like Notorious Nazi

Kenosha County Sheriff Endorses Trump In Op-ed: “President Donald Trump is the only one who will do what is right for the American people”

Breaking: Car Plows Through Group of Trump Supporters in California

Rep Pressley on America: “Everything Is On The Table….We can pull these ills up from the root and we can reconstruct the new world”


Presidential Debate Moderator Shows His Bias — Over And Over Again

Trump Record-Breaking Win Could Hand Him 2020

What Border Agents Found On Trump’s Wall Proves It Works

Liberal Media Is Desperate To Hide Latest Polling Results


The Washington Examiner

Trump unveiling $500B plan to boost black communities and classify KKK and antifa as terrorist organizations

Sunday Sermon Series – A False Hope

 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Rev 21:27 (ESV)


COMMENTS and CONTEXT

God makes it clear that the unclean, those whom He has not made clean through the blond of Christ can in no way enter the kingdom of Heaven. Twice in this Chapter (V.8 and our text) John makes this abundantly plain. So what hope does mankind have to reach heaven? Can they be good enough? I mean as long as they are not murderers, adulterers’, rapists etc. surely God will grant them entry  won’t He?

As always the Whole Counsel of God is needed and understanding we are saved by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone, to the Glory of God Alone. No amount of self effort will help anyone get to heaven, and that is the issue that J.C. Ryle in our comic above points out; far to many live on the false hope of good works. 

Revelation 21:1-8 ESV and RVR 1960

Today I offer a sermon on that very false hope by one of my favorite preachers Dr. M.L. Jones. May you be greatly blessed.


 Sermon By Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
A False Hope – A Sermon on Revelation 21:5

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (ESV)

 

What is the only hope for this world? Mankind puts his hope in all kinds of different things, from politicians to wise men. The world is always looking for a cure to its many ills. However, try as it may, the world has never found an answer to its many problems over the hundreds of years it has searched. Why is this? In this sermon on Revelation 21:5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that the answer is really quite simple. The world does not know God. For this reason, it always looks to the wrong places for hope. The world looks to itself, but this is vain and hopeless because only God can take this broken world and make it right. He is doing just this in His Son, Jesus Christ. By dying on the cross Jesus has vanquished not only sin and death, but He has destroyed Satan and broken his hold on this world. Jesus will return and put all things under His feet, He will make all things new and finally vanquish sin and evil once and for all. In the New Heaven and Earth, creation will be remade and freed from all pollution. All those who believe in Jesus will be made partakers of this new creation by grace and faith in Christ Jesus.

 

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as “Spiritual Depression”, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount” and “Great Biblical Doctrines”. He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.

Call to Pray by Sam Adams “Father of American Revolution”

Despite the lies that revisionists try and push, America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, and right now we need to pray for God to raise up those principles; for I fear for the generation of my grandchildren and beyond. – Mike  


American Minute with Bill Federer

Call to Pray by Sam Adams – “Father of American Revolution” 

“Bow the knee in prayer to the Almighty, whose assistance they hoped to obtain”

 

…Samuel Adams called for the first Continental Congress.
When it first met, September 6, 1774, he proposed that it be opened with prayer, despite the delegates being of different Christian denominations which did not always get along:
“It did not become men, professing to be Christian men, who had come together for solemn deliberation in the hour of their extremity, to say there was so wide a difference in their religious belief that they could not, as one man, bow the knee in prayer to the Almighty, whose advice and assistance they hoped to obtain.”
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Why (and How) Christians Should Vote

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Today’s BrealPoint: Why (and How) Christians Should Vote

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In the 2016 election, only about 61 percent of voting-age Americans cast a ballot. The percentage of self-identifying Christians who voted, both evangelical and non-evangelical, was pretty similar. In other words, though faith does seem to greatly influence the voting decisions of American Christians who vote, it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference in whether or not American Christians vote.

Of course, if our faith should make a difference in every aspect of our lives (and it should), it should shape how we think about and live out citizenship, too. To put it bluntly, Christians have both a civic and a Christian responsibility to vote. As my friend Tim Goeglin, vice-president of external and governmental relations for Focus on the Family, put it recently, to vote is the beginning of our civic duty of Christians.

Here are three reasons why:

 

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