Saturday, 21 October 2017

True Hope vs. No Hope

Proverbs 14:32  The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

There is so much more in those words than what is to be perceived upon first glance. Many (particularly atheists) will look on such a promise as a threat, a condemnation, because they do stand condemned and are without hope.

But what about those who claim to be “good” , who have “religion” and seem to convey a love of God and the truth, and yet betray the truth in their unregenerate nature in the fact that they have a false hope that believes in a “god” that simply bows to their own bidding, a “god” that isn’t true and definitely doesn’t save. A “god” that haughtily makes some to be superior with a motive that greedily seeks to elevate himself in the eyes of all.....???

Sadly there are many who believe in “that god”, the god that the Bible calls “the god of this world” who in actuality is the devil himself.  That “god” fools his followers into believing they are saved however they only have a false belief system that lies to themselves and to others. 

It is a religion of pride, where the true religion of the truly converted heart in a regenerated life in Christ is one of complete surrender and humility. 

It is a religion that is hopeless because their  hope is one that is still grounded on self and a desire to only escape hell, rather than a hope that is truly founded and submitted to the will of God the Father through the saving sacrifice of His Son for our sin. 

It is a false hope that has no basis of truth, and eventually the Lord will reveal to them that He NEVER knew (a word that means intimacy in this full knowledge) them.

Where is your hope? Is it in wealth? Is it in your own “goodness” or”wisdom”? Is it in a “god” that is obedient to your fantasies, your own desires whatever those desires may be? 

Or is it grounded on the true risen Saviour who died for your sins? Does your heart fully surrender to His will over your life, and ultimate death? If it truly is grounded in the truth of His payment, His sacrifice for you, you won’t feel a superiority over those who are yet without Him. You instead understand how grievous and hopeless their situation truly is and only hope they will one day come to a true and saving knowledge of The Truth that truly can and will transform their lives by the power of God’s perfect Will.


Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Water and The Word

This morning's reading of "The Biblical Basis for Modern Science" by Henry Morris gave me this:


Excerpt:

"Liquid water becomes water vapor, at a rate and to an extent dependent upon  the temperature, degree of saturation of the adjacent air, etc., and is carried upward by turbulence and diffusion in the  gaseous atmosphere.....It is remarkable that tremendous quantities of water can be lifted, against the force of gravity, hundreds and thousands of feet into the air and there suspended until it has been moved inland where it is needed..."
        The Biblical Basis for Modern Science, 1984;  Henry Morris; page 271

"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it" -- Isaiah 55: 10-11


A careless (as opposed to careful) reader of the Bible might say "Aha! a contradiction with what we now know from science!!! We know that water does return to the upper atmosphere and here the Bible says it does not!"

Not so fast! The Bible is making a specific  point here about the fact that the water does some amazing things while it is brought to the earth! The Bible states elsewhere:

He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings for rain; He bringeth the wind out of His treasuries -- Psalm 135:7 KJV

This is something only relatively recently confirmed by modern science in the last couple of hundred years.

What a wonderful God we serve, and what an amazing creation He has formed, and sustains for us by the power of grace toward us.


Monday, 21 November 2016

The Doctrine of the Trinity





This is a very complicated topic, I admit, however in my reading of Henry Morris's book "The Biblical Basis for Modern Science" he touches on this subject, and for me it is an awesome experience to read what he has to share about it. I will share an excerpt that I hope will teach as well as grow a hunger in you for The Word, and maybe even a desire to read this great book in its entirety as well.

Excerpt from the book:

How, then, can God be a Trinity? To understand this, one must remember that this doctrine does not mean three gods. "Three gods" is as impossible and false a concept as any other form of polytheism. There can be only one God, and He is the great First Cause, the author of all reality.

But if God exists only in His ineffable unity, He could never be truly known. He is fundamentally the eternal, omnipresent, transcendent God, the great First Cause, the source of all being. Being present everywhere, however, He could never be seen or heard or sensed anywhere. Yet since He could not be frivolous in His creation, He must have a purpose therein and that purpose must be communicable. He must therefore somehow be seen and heard. He must be a God who is both infinite and yet finite, who is omnipresent and eternal and still comprehensible locally and temporally. He must paradoxically be both source and manifestation, both Father and Son.

Not only must the invisible and inaudible God be seen and heard objectively, however, He must also be experienced and understood subjectively. The life of the creation must be maintained in vital union with that of the Creator. The Spirit of God must move over the creation and must indwell it and empower it. The activity of the Spirit is distinct from that of the Son and from that of the Father, and yet is indissolubly one with both.

God, therefore, is one God, and yet He must be Father, Son, and Spirit. God is Father in generation (*causing everything) Son in declaration (*spoken Word made visible) Spirit in appropriation (*in us and through us and to us). The Son is the only begotten of the Father, and the Spirit is eternally the bestower of both the Father and the Son.  
The Biblical Basis for Modern Science Copyright 1984 by Henry Morris, fifth printing 1987; page 58

* I added further clarification, I hope, in italics and parentheses where I placed the asterisks.


Maintaining my focus....

I am resolving to do a couple of things differently in regards to these two blogs of mine and keep with the original intent more consistently (I hope, lol) and make Susan's Flutterbys about day to day life and recipes, photos that I take (unless there is a scriptural connection) and keep this one strictly on the topic of anything scriptural such as things regarding the church and poetry and music and Christian books and authors, sermons etc, as well as any musings that I have on Bible passages.

Currently I'm reading a wonderful book by Henry M. Morris entitled  "The Biblical Basis for Modern Science". I had begun reading this many years ago, and somehow life intervened and got me sidetracked (imagine that!!) and I'm finally getting back to it. I have already had so many wonderful insights from it and will share a few in the next couple of blog posts.

Be blessed my brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray that you will be prepared for the day that you will meet Jesus face to face.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Rejoicing in the Lord


 I took this picture when we visited my dad in Arizona


Yesterday I posted about John MacArthur  and listened to Jacob Prasch's teachings about all the things that we see wrong in the world, and how it is going to get much, much worse....and I know it is true and certainly we need to be in prayer about all these terrible things we see happening all around us, AND I can still be joyful in all that God does, has done, and has promised to do for all who are His.

Isaiah 61:10-11 
  
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, 
my soul shall be joyful in my God;
 for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
 he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, 
and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.  
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, 
and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; 
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise 
to spring forth before all the nations. 


Very soon it will be spring. I've planted a few seeds, some of my seedlings are doing well, and others not so well (I have more seeds so I'm gonna keep trying!) I can hardly wait to put them outside and see it all blooming adorning our little home with God's gifts in nature They are reminders from Jesus that one day all of creation will rejoice in the wonderful things He does for us.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Without God it is Impossible





Matthew 19:25-26 
 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"  But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

 


Another sermon originally given by Charles Spurgeon, what a powerful message, please make time to listen, what a blessing!:

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=51505111856

 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Power of God





Yesterday I had time and opportunity to read a sermon by Charles Spurgeon entitled "The Sword of the Spirit". What a powerful word from the Lord, truly he spoke as it was given him by the Holy Spirit.  In essence he shared with us that the Sword of the Spirit of Truth slays us(in a true way, not the "slain in the Spirit" crazy antics we've all seen on TBN), kills us, so that the Spirit of God can bring us true life in Jesus, and that as His workers we take up the sword of the Spirit, the Bible, and use it as an offensive weapon and not a defensive weapon against the enemy of our and other people's soul, exposing lies and sin and heresy. I hope you can make time in your day to read this powerful message:

http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2201.php