Saturday, September 19, 2020
Even we can't separate from God
. . . the liberty by which Christ has made us free . . . Galatians 5:1 NKJV
This “liberty” makes us free to claim the rights of heaven’s constitution—the Bible. Believer, here is a choice passage: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:2 ESV). You are free to experience that. Here is another: “The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you” (Isaiah 54:10 ESV)—you are free to experience that as well. You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with unlimited stores of grace. It is the bank of heaven—you can draw from it as much as you please, without hindrance. Come in faith and you are welcome to all of God’s covenant blessings. There is not a promise in the Word that will be withheld. In the depths of trial, let this freedom comfort you; amid the waves of distress, let it cheer you; when sorrows surround you, let it be your solace. This is your Father’s gift of love—you are free to draw upon it at all times. You are also free to visit the throne of grace. It is our privilege as believers to have access at all times to our heavenly Father. Whatever our desires, our difficulties, or our wants, we are at liberty to spread everything before Him. It doesn’t matter how much we may have sinned, we can request and expect pardon. Our poverty means nothing—we may plead His promise that He will provide all necessary things. We have permission to approach His throne at all times—in midnight’s darkest hour or in noontime’s most burning heat. Oh, believer, exercise your rights and live up to your privilege. You are free to enjoy all that is treasured up in Christ—wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It doesn’t matter what your need is, for there is a full supply in Christ—and it is there for you. Oh, what a “freedom” you have! Freedom from condemnation, freedom to claim the promises, freedom to visit the throne of grace, and—at last—freedom to enter heaven! - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
My friend, oh how loneliness has truthfully been used as a weapon upon mankind in 2020. Suicides are up. Escape through drugs is up. We will never know how many really died from this virus vs who died trying to escape the side effects of it.
Satan twists and perverts any good thing from God above. If it won't draw you away from God, he will cause it to entangle you so that you believe you cannot draw near to God. If it won't cause people to unknowingly cling to the words of Satan he will find a way to get you to sit on a fence...a fence of indecision that he owns.
We make choices based on thought and circumstances. We often do not realize that indecision is in itself a choice. So in all things you do choose.
You can't put on an take off obedience to God as you would a set of clothes. You cannot separate from that which you came to Christ to obtain. Once you come to Christ you are forever inseparable. The poem Footprints isn't found in the Bible but it's principles are certainly there.
Because we belong to Christ so does our obedience.
Because we came to Christ so ought our speech be seasoned as one who is a child of God.
If your mouth still utters vain boasts, if it utters profanities right after you were singing God's praises then, my friend, you are in sin. There is no 'I can't help it. That's just the way I am'. That's what you were before Christ. In Christ we are a new creation, old things passed away, behold all things are new. You choose how your mouth is used. Remember that you will indeed give an account of your life before Christ. Just how do you plan on explaining that? He was there with you as you said what you did.
Jesus is always with us in all that we do. That account we will someday give isn't for His benefit. It's on us. He already knew our end from our beginning. On the cross He saw every single sin of every single person who ever lived.
We who are in Christ are inseparable from Him. We ought to conduct ourselves more appropriately. Not as the world does but as God's Word says His people ought to conduct themselves.
Look at what you do, then really come to terms with why you do. You are the one responsible for you. You must choose. As said earlier indecision is a decision. It's a choice. You are either following Christ or you are not. There is no middle ground. Satan loves to make people believe that if they are undecided that means they are ok. Don't trust that thought when it comes from the Father of lies.
Look at your life today and see who is really in control of it. Look at who is really with you. We are inseparable from Him. As Scripture says if I go to the deepest depths you are there. If I go to the highest mountains you are there. If I make my bed in Paradise behold you are there.
I used to hear a saying growing up. Would you do that if your mother was here? Later, in regards to internet browsing, I heard it said, would you look at that if your mother was with you? Christ's opinion is and always should be more important than that of our mothers. Would you act, speak or think what you are engaged in doing if physically Christ was right there next to you? Read that again and take it in. That's your thought for today. On to the next post for today...