Nuggets – The Bible Stands!

“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” (Psalm 119:160)

Very few books survive very long. Only a few survive past the first printing, and science books especially get out of date in just a few years.

But one book is eternal! The Bible stands! Even its most ancient chapters are still accurate and up to date. Furthermore, despite all the vicious attacks of both ancient pagans and modern humanists, it will continue to endure. Jesus said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35Mark 13:31Luke 21:33). Even after everything else dies and all the bombastic tirades of skeptics and secularists are long forgotten, the Word endures. “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8).

Note the oft-repeated testimony to this same effect in Psalm 119. In addition to the comprehensive promise of today’s text, this great “psalm of the word” also contains these affirmations: “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven….Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart….The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting:…Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever” (Psalm 119:89, 111, 144, 152). Founded forever, inherited forever, settled forever, lasting forever! God is eternal, and His Word was true from the beginning.

People may, in these last days, arrogantly think they can “take away from the words of the book of this prophecy” (Revelation 22:19), but such presumption will only “take away [their] part out of the book of life,” and the Bible will still stand. “The word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (1 Peter 1:25). HMM

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Second attack from COVID-19! It is possible, just like the enemy of our souls who would like a second chance with us after we have become children of God. Be aware he strikes again and again to wear you down, to stumble you and to make you turn from the Lord your God. What shall we do then? Turn our eyes today upon Jesus must be our response. Yes, turn to Jesus our Shelter, Defender and Victory! Rest on Him.

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.

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Nuggets – Certain Hope

“Who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” (Hebrews 6:18-19)

The noun “hope,” when used in the New Testament, does not imply a wishful attitude but rather a joyous and confident expectation in something promised that will certainly come to pass—in most cases, something good. Note especially the few times it is used with a descriptive adjective.

First, in a stirring benediction, Paul tells us that our good hope comes from both “our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father” (2 Thessalonians 2:16). Furthermore, such hope is given to us along with “everlasting consolation,” or comfort, that shall last forever. The Father and Son have done this “through grace” that brings eternal salvation.

Next, we are taught to be “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). This blessed hope can be none other than “our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1). He will certainly return, and this return will be glorious.

Furthermore, we have a hope that is actively alive. “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). We have been (past tense) born again from the dead just as surely as Christ has been raised from the dead, for His resurrection accomplished it.

Our hope, under grace, is guaranteed by Jesus Christ: “A better hope…by the which we draw nigh unto God” (Hebrews 7:19) than that which was possible under law. In fact, it is a glorious hope (2 Corinthians 3:11-12) by comparison. This kind of hope can be “an anchor of the soul.” JDM

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Thanksgiving 2020

2020 We thank You Lord for giving us breath to praise You.

COVID-19 which ushered in the pandemic of the century caused much suffering, pain and loss. However, we choose to thank You. For those who have suffered the loss of dear ones we are reminded that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15. Thank You Lord for Your Presence, Word, strength, courage, comfort and wisdom to move on with You.

Thank You Jesus, we move on with You.

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Arise

The word “arise” is an action word. It suggests a person rising up and out of a position of inaction perhaps in depression, in anxiety, paralyzed by fear or overwhelming trouble. If like a camel we bury our heads in the sand, hiding from the burgeoning winds and sand surrounding, we will remain in our quandary. When we arise, we will have a higher perspective of our surrounding, we look out and up instead of within and will be most empowered if we head to the place where God wants us to be. Are you in trouble or desperation? Do not shrivel and hide. God forth in the power and might of the Lord and in the name of the Lord. Make things right, make peace, forgive that is the way of the Lord. Reach out and the Lord promises never to leave you alone.

Deuteronomy 17:8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, [being] matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;

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Nuggets – Longing for the Word

“My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?” (Psalm 119:81-82)

Those who “love the LORD” with all their heart, soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5) and those who seek the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) deeply long to “understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5).

Yet in spite of such longing, the saints of God are often perplexed by the apparent success of the wicked. This psalmist is no exception:

  1. “When wilt thou comfort me?” (Psalm 119:82).
  2. “I am become like a bottle in the smoke” (v. 83).
  3. “When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?” (v. 84).
  4. “The proud have digged pits for me” (v. 85).
  5. “They persecute me wrongfully” (v. 86).
  6. “They had almost consumed me upon the earth” (v. 87).

Among all the heartfelt complaints, however, is the continual reliance on the promises and principles of God’s Word. The psalmist promised not to forget the statutes, though he felt invisible to God (v. 83). And though he knew that his days are not guaranteed, he expected God to judge the wicked (v. 84). He knew the “commandments are faithful,” and he promised the Lord that he would not forsake the precepts (vv. 86-87).

The final request should be ours as well: “Quicken me [enliven, revive] after thy lovingkindness” (v. 88). Even though God “hast shewed me great and sore troubles,” the confidence is that God “shalt quicken me again” (Psalm 71:20). On the basis of that assurance, our response should be like this godly man’s: “So shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth” (Psalm 119:88). HMM III

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Faith vs Works

Listen carefully to this explanation of gift of salvation through our faith and out of faith is works generated.

Lord Jesus thank you for giving us salvation through faith. Please develop your works in me that I might evidence your salvation to the world around me. Amen.

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Nuggets – Sufferings

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)

Peter’s first epistle, written during a time of bitter persecution, deals with the matter of suffering. Peter reminds us that Christ suffered for us and that it is a privilege to suffer for Him. We are “called” to suffering and should “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try” us (4:12).

Christ’s suffering was foretold (1:11), as is ours. We see that He had patience, humility, and submission in His sufferings (2:23) in order to bear “our sins in his own body on the tree” (2:24). He suffered unjustly, “the just for the unjust” (3:18), not only in His spirit, but “Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh” (4:1), being witnessed personally by Peter (5:1).

Since we are likewise “called” to suffer, Peter explains that we also will be “suffering wrongfully” (2:19) even “when ye do well” (v. 20). We will “suffer for righteousness’ sake” (3:14) and “for well doing” (v. 17). To avoid being taken by surprise, we are to prepare ourselves to suffer “in the flesh” (4:1), if need be. We will “be reproached for the name of Christ” (4:14) and should “not be ashamed” if we “suffer as a Christian” (4:16). It is much better to suffer in such a way than to have done something evil to deserve it (v. 15).

Suffering while following Christ’s example is “acceptable with God” (2:20), and even makes us “happy” (3:14; 4:14). Through it we can “glorify God on this behalf” (4:16) because it is “according to the will of God” (4:19). There is even a magnificent reward awaiting the sufferer (5:10).

In view of all of this, there is little wonder that Peter says, “Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (4:13). JDM

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Law and Order

We are not living under the law but under grace. No doubt the law condemns our sinfulness and condemns us to eternal seperation from God. However, God instituted the order of grace, where He has paid it all for us in love by His Son’s crucified life. We must accept His order before we receive the benefits of His grace. Not by works are we saved but by His mercy and grace He counts us righteous through Jesus’ precious shed blood and we are bound for heaven forever!

God’s order also includes our progress to be more like Jesus as we live and do according to His Word. That order assures us safety and security this world cannot give. What a wonderful Savior we have.

Ephesisans 2:8,9 For by grace are you saved, not of works lest any man should boast.

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