LB 114… “How To Bear Sorrow”, F. B. Meyer

Check out this uplifting chapter from a Lightbearer of the past who learned how we can have peace and blessings in our severe trials.

“How To Bear Sorrow”

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True Worship and Prayer

Immortality Road

True worship, then, is worshiping God in spirit and in truth. “And so it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.” When we are born into this world, we are a living being, a living soul. But when we are born from above, we become a spirit that gives life; we become a “life-giving spirit.” (I Cor. 15: 45 NIV)

“For that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3: 6). Brothers and sisters, as born again Christians, we are now spirit because we have been born of the Spirit of God. Each seed bears its own kind.

We are new creatures—spirit-creatures now. We are no longer of the earth, although we do dwell in these clay earthen bodies. Now that we are changed into a spirit, He calls…

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ATB 26 Directions Included

Recently I stopped by my local hardware store.  I needed to pick up a few items for the house.  As it turned out at least one of the things that I picked up did require me putting it together. Now I will be the first to admit.  I am not a very good hands on person.  Being the every day handyman around the house is not my thing.  After all, in my opinion one should at least be honest with themselves.

As for the item that I picked up, it had for me three words that I am not particularly happy to see let alone do.  These words for me are….”Some Assembly Required.”

Begrudgingly I started the process of putting my item together.  This experience however was not one that I enjoyed.  I will at this point confess that I did not follow through with what would have made the whole process much easier.  In fact I would like to say that in my mind, my way of doing it was best.  As it turned out, all I did was to make a mess of things. Finally I decided to stop the madness and do the very first thing that I should have done to start with.   I read the directions!

Upon reading the directions and following them I found the process of assembling my item to be much easier.  In fact I actually wound up getting it done.   If only I had followed the directions, then this challenge of some assembly required would have been much easier to deal with. In my mind, my way of doing it was best.  I figured that well what do I need with directions.  And I am just going to come out and say it; my ego would not allow me to pick up the directions and read and follow.

This entire experience gave me pause to reflect on life.  I began to think about how much each of us in this life that we lead will in fact fall into the category of some assembly required.  And in most case the assembly that we will need to do does come with directions.

Often times along the road of our Christian life we are going to need to assemble different things in our lives.  Be it our families or relationships with others it is in fact going to call for us to put it together.  But how often are each of us guilty of deciding that our way of putting things together is what’s best.  We make up our minds that we don’t need any directions because we have it all figured out.  I would venture to say that on more than one occasion we look up and we find to our dismay that what we thought would be best in fact turns out to just create another mess in our lives.

Each us have an ego.  It is a part of our every day life from the day that we are born.  It is that something that we draw from on a daily basis.  But as is the case with anything, too much of a good thing can be bad.

All of us at times have fallen into the misguided notion that we have this life all figured out.  We have the answers and don’t need any directions.  If there is one thing that I have learned in life it’s this; we don’t have all the answers and if left up to us we will make a mess of things every time.

For this life, for our daily living we will indeed need directions.  Directions that have been available to us from the very beginning.

God’s word via the bible always has been and will continue to be the source of directions that we need to be of a good body, soul and spirit.  His word and directions that he has provided us are infallible and perfect.  I am reminded of the lyrics of an old hymn.  “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in pray.”  

 Psalms 32:8 reminds us that God will instruct us and teach us in the way the way we need to go.  But even more we are called to as Proverbs 3:5-6 implores us to trust in the Lord with all or our hearts, and lean not to our own understanding.         

Directions are included.  Ours is not a life to go alone.  Nor is it one whereby we are successful doing it our way.  The directions that God has included are for each of us to turn to follow and to depend on him.  Directions included that are freely given and freely can be received.

To God Be The Glory

Alan T. Black

 

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Nuggets – Forget Not His Commandments

Forget Not His Commandments
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.” (Proverbs 3:1)

It is vitally important that even though we are saved by grace and not by the works of the law, we never forget that God’s law is essentially a statement of God’s holiness. We should desire to know and follow God’s commandments simply because they are “holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12), not because we seek salvation through them.

It is noteworthy that the anonymous writer of the longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119), in which practically every verse refers to the Scriptures, stressed seven times that he would never forget the laws and commandments of his Lord. May the Lord teach us to share the same determination. Note:

“I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (v. 16).

“For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes” (v. 83).

“I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me” (v. 93).

“My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law” (v. 109).

“I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts” (v. 141).

“Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law” (v. 153).

“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments” (v. 176).

This seventh reference is actually the closing verse of this remarkable 119th Psalm. It beautifully points up the urgency of not forgetting the commandments of God. He will seek us when we stray and bring us back home to Him, for we remember and love His law. HMM

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Locked Out

Wal-Mart corporation has a division that operates hundreds of membership discount warehouses around the world called Sam’s Clubs. Since they offer bulk buying options that help us save a few dollars on groceries, dog food and other items that we use here in our corner of the city, we’ve been members for over 2 decades. But last week, the one closest to us closed. Other than being mildly annoyed to have to find a new place to shop, I took more notice of this store’s shuttering mainly because of how abruptly it took place. Apparently at some of the 63 locations that were affected across the United States, the employees (including managers) weren’t given any notice at all. They just showed up last Thursday like any other normal workday, only to find the doors locked and a sign posted that informed them that the store was closed … permanently. No discussion. No warning. Not even time to get a forgotten sweater or pick up yesterday’s lunch container from the fridge in the break room. Just done.

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Nuggets – Did He Really Die?

Did He Really Die?
“And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.” (Mark 15:44-45)

The absolute and total physical death of Christ is essential to the gospel. Certain liberals and detractors have for years tried to obscure or deny this vital teaching, claiming that Christ merely “swooned” on the cross and later revived in the tomb, then appeared to His followers who falsely claimed His resurrection.

But to the Christian, the death of Christ is not an option. The Bible teaches that sin had separated each man from God: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” being declared righteous only “through faith in his blood” (Romans 3:23, 25) that was shed on the cross. “Without shedding of blood is no remission” of sin (Hebrews 9:22). There can be no Christianity without the real death of the real, sinless Son of God.

It seems that the gospel writers, in recounting the events of the crucifixion, go to great lengths to make sure no one misunderstands. In Mark 15, for example, nearly 20 people are mentioned who no doubt would testify to His death. Consider the likely testimony of the Roman guards who had tortured Him to the point of death (vv. 15-23), nailed Him on the cross (v. 24), and watched Him die. The executioner (v. 25) and the centurion (vv. 39, 44-45) were trained in killing. They knew how to recognize death. The thieves (v. 27), the mocking passersby (v. 29), the chief priests and scribes (v. 31), the grave keepers (v. 46), all would have had no doubt. Pilate was convinced (vv. 44-45), as were His many friends who watched (vv. 40-41, 47).

There can be no doubt Christ surely died, and He died “to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). JDM

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I’ve been to the mountaintop

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Those who would withhold justice and freedom for some, threaten justice and freedom for all.

We mean business now and we are determined to gain our rightful place in God’s world. (Yeah) [Applause] And that’s all this whole thing is about. We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. (Yeah) We are saying [Applause], we are saying that we are God’s children. (Yeah) [Applause] And if we are God’s children, we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” is the popular name of the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. On the following day, King was assassinated.
There are moments captured by photography that cause time to stand still. The Marines raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi, the Berlin Wall coming down, the twin towers on that fall day in September…..
This photo taken outside the Montgomery courthouse March 17 1965 is one of those times for me. In a few short years Dr. King would be dead and the rise of black militancy, and white supremacists would replace “the dream” with the negative protests and negative arguments Dr. King spoke against. We have yet to recover from the damage Dr. Kings death brought.
But on that day Rev. Abernathy, James Foreman, Dr. King, Jesse Douglas Sr., and John Lewis stood resolute, courageously, against all that would deny them the right to be free people. Free from injustice, free to pursue the promise of life, liberty, happiness our founders even though flawed themselves envisioned for all citizens of our nation.
A fellow blogger wrote this “We need to die to self to recapture the heart of God for others. It is what He did for us”.
She is correct. Until we are able to love others like ourselves racism, prejudice, injustice and hatred will always find a home. It is up to each of us as followers if Christ to be willing to do so.
Dr. King had a dream that I and many others share. The following are excerpts from his speech given on August 8th 1963 in Washington D.C.
I say to you today, my friends [applause], so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow (Uh-huh), I still have a dream. (Yes) It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. (Yes)
I have a dream (Mhm) that one day (Yes) this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed (Hah): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
That one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.
Amen
All excerpts from “I’ve been to the mountaintop” and “I have a dream” are copyrighted MLKEC-INP, Martin Luther King, Jr. Estate Collection, In Private Hands
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Nuggets – He Is Able

He Is Able
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Despite man’s arrogant pride, he is utterly unable to save himself or to make himself acceptable to God. Neither is he able to keep himself saved nor, above all, is he able to defeat sin and conquer death.

But God is able! The word “able” (Greek dunamai) is closely related to the word for “power” (Greek dunamis), both speaking of God’s spiritual dynamics. He is all-powerful, His ability is without limit, and His power “works in us”!

Therefore, “he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him” (Hebrews 7:25). Because the gospel of Christ is the “power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16), God “is of power to stablish you according to my gospel” (Romans 16:25).

Even when great troubles and sorrows and temptations come, He is able. “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). He “is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).

In fact, He is able to meet every need of our lives and even to use us in His service. “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

Finally, “he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12). That day will surely come, but then He will give us bodies of glory, for “he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21). HMM

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Nuggets – The Living Word/The Word of Life

The Living Word/The Word of Life
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Philippians 2:16)

There is such beautiful correlation between the Living Word (Christ) and the written Word (the Bible) that certain Scriptures could well apply to either one. Such is the case with our text. The Philippians were exhorted to hold forth the Word of life, which presumably could mean either Christ, the Living Word, or else the Scriptures, which speak of eternal life.

The same dual meaning can be discerned in such texts as 2 Timothy 4:2 (“Preach the word”) and Hebrews 4:12 (“The word of God is quick, and powerful”). In fact, there are many beautiful figures of speech that are applied in the Bible to the ministries of both Christ and the Scriptures in a believer’s life.

For example, Christ is “the light of the world” (John 8:12), but also “the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light” (Proverbs 6:23). Similarly Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), but He also said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4).

The Lord Jesus Christ said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37). God also promised that “as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, . . . So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Both are described as the very personification of truth. Jesus said, “I am . . . the truth,” and He prayed to the Father, “Thy word is truth” (John 14:6; 17:17). Finally, both must be received: “Receive . . . the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21), for “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God” (John 1:12).

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Nuggets – Conformity

Conformity
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)

One of the greatest dangers facing Christians is the temptation to become conformed to the things of the world around them, thus destroying their testimony for the Lord. We are specifically commanded, in fact, “Be not conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). One cannot serve two masters, and the great privilege of the believer is the privilege of becoming conformed, not to a dying world, but to the living Christ.

But first we must be conformed to His death, dying to the world and its standards. The greatest desire of the apostle Paul was to “win Christ. . . . That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:8, 10).

Death is far from the end, however. When Christ returns, He “shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). In this verse, the Greek for “fashioned like” is the same as “conformed to.” These corruptible, dying bodies we now live in will one day be changed. As Christ rose from the dead, we also shall rise, and our bodies, like His, will be alive forevermore.

Even that wonderful prospect is not the best of it, however. Not only will our bodies be incorruptible like His, but we shall be like Him—like Him in holiness, like Him in love, like Him in wisdom. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). In the words of our text, we are actually predestined to be conformed to the very image of the Son of God! HMM

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