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

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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?  

 

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.

Devotional Thought for Today- 9/26/20

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:30-31

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In context, Hebrews 10:26-39 may have many “titles” in your Bibles such as; Christ or Judgment or The Just Live by Faith. But what the real THEME of this passage is the Book of Hebrews most direct and serious waring against Apostasy

Some have claimed that this verse v.30 proves that if one backslides far enough they can loose their salvation. This can only be interpreted so if one takes this out of context and without the Whole Counsel of God.

In John 6:36-38 Jesus himself makes it very clear He will never cast out anyone whom the Father sends to Him. Yet just like the unfaithful and rebellious nation of Israel had to wander in the wilderness as punishment so too there are consequences to a faith that lacks depth. 

The writer quotes Deuteronomy 32:35–36 … vengeance is mine… again in context Israel sin causing God to punish them, again making it abundantly clear God is the same; yesterday, today and for eternity and in His righteousness He shall judge His called out ones (His true believers) even the terribly backslidden. 

Pray God will restore you to His righteousness today. 

 

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 9/25/20

1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous 1 John 2:1

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John here is speaking to believers referring to them as Children, inferring father ship not unlike Christ in John 13:33. I unlike many modern commentaries which skip this part, I find this significant for two reasons:

    • John is obviously advanced in his years at this point but is taking responsibility for the church and its people by calling them his own. 
    • We are all (that is True born again converts) Children of God, and as such must fight for others to come to Christ in that same manner.
      • Abortion, 
SO GOD IS SAYING BRING ME CHILDREN!
YET EVEY YEAR WE MURDER
42 MILLION BABIES WORLD WIDE.

I have but one thought for today, what are you doing about it?


Related Posts: #Diaper Run – Mission Complete

 

Devotional Thoughts for Today – 9/23/20

Revelation 21:8 KJV - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,  and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all  liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth

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These things are the new heaven and earth spoken of in by Christ in verses 1-6. Note the action expected of believers, we are to be overcomers, in a world of evil lawlessness. 

I recently read an article entitled Why the Church Needs Gentle Shepherds and while I understand the premise I disagree with the conclusion. Yes we need Pastoral leadership that has understanding and empathy in the chaotic world we live in. But we desperately need Pastoral Leadership to build warriors for Christ. 

We are at War and war is not; never has been never will be gentle. Stop feeding your congregations milk when they are in need of real meat. 

Devotional Thought for Today – 9/22/20

Romans 1:18-32 (NKJV) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven  against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth  in. - ppt download

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Most bibles today have some form of headings. In the AMP version of our text it says Unbelief and Its Consequences. I think most translations have something similar. 

While this section clearly is a warning to unbelievers it is also a WAKE UP CALL to the complacent church. For far to long the church has sat back and let the world dictate what would happen, we would loose school prayer, make murder (abortions) and LGBTQ normal, and denounce God from national platforms just to name a few. The church grumbles and mumbles but has for the most part remained silent. 

This morning I thought I would do something different and offer you a sermon from Pastor John MacArthur, whom you may knows church is in a battle with the state of CA over the constitutional right to assemble. I firmly believe this and much of what we see in America is because of our Churches Silenced Conscience. 

Pastor John MacArthur;  AUDIO SERMONWhen God Abandons a Nation

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 9/21/20

What Does 2 Corinthians 13:14 Mean?

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Paul concludes his second letter to the church at Corinth with these words. Praying for the GRACE of Lord Jesus Christ to be with them. Second he prays for the Love of God the Father for the church at Corinth. Lastly he prays for Fellowship of the Holy Spirit to indwell all believers at the church in Corinth.  

This Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, is the essential ingredient for unity in the church. Brother Jason Cook in his sermon this past Sunday said somedays you dislike your wife (anyone who claims never to disagree or argue in a marriage is usually living in fantasy land) but you ALWAYS LOVE her. It is that Holy Spirit in believers that allows us to overcome those days of discouragement and even disillusion to be fully renewed and restored to FELLOWSHIP and unity in our marriages and the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is God’s Glue that binds the church together. 

 

Devotional Thought for Today 9/11/20

Today is the 19th anniversary of the four coordinated terrorist attacks on America on this date September 11, 2001.  It is a time to reflect and Never Forget. While looking back we may say many mistakes were made in fighting this War, one can not deny we were at War. 

September 11 attacks - Wikipedia


As “Christians” if you are a doer and not just a Couch Potato Christian, then you know you too will be subject to attacks for we are at War daily.  

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King David writes this psalm appealing to God in a time of affliction. Through it all he counts not on friends or self-help books, but God and God alone I trust [confidently] in You and Your greatness, O Lord!

Where are you placing you trust in these trouble times today? As Pastor Gary with Mission M25 has repeated the past few nights is it are you thinking and acting vertical?  

 

Is Homosexuality a Sin?

Does God Single Out the Sin of Homosexuality? (Romans 1)

September 08, 2020

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

Read the Passage

24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.29They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.32Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

The Lust of the Heart

How low can people go? While in recent years same-sex relations have been glamorized in some sectors of society, Jesus confirmed that God’s will for marriage has always been lifelong heterosexual monogamy (Matt. 19:4–6).1Alternatives may be fashionable, but they are expressions of God’s abandoning people to the “lusts of their hearts” and to “impurity,” which can also be translated “vileness” (BDAG, s.v.  καθαρσία).

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Disney’s Mulan and the Backdrop of Genocide

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Today’s BreakPoint: Disney’s Mulan and the Backdrop of Genocide

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JOHN STONESTREET WITH DAVID CARLSON

Disney’s newest live-action movie, “Mulan,” was released Friday. So far, reviews have ranged from mostly positive to absolutely glowing: “an exciting, well-crafted action movie,” a “robust” and “family-friendly, live-action Disney fantasy,” and an “epic-scale tribute to female empowerment.”

However, the feedback on Mulan has chilled considerably after reports that Disney filmed substantial portions of the movie in China’s Xinjiang province, with the blessing and cooperation of the Chinese Communist government.

Xinjiang is the home province of some 12 million Muslim Uighurs. According to the U. S. State Department, over one million of them have been moved to concentration camps where “they are starved, abused, tortured, electrocuted, raped and even killed.” Uighur women have been “forcibly sterilized . . . [and] made to use intrusive birth control methods.” There have even been reports of forced abortions and even infanticide.

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