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Love Not The World…

1 John 2:15-16
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ESV

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. AMP

John Calvin

By the world understand everything connected with the present life, apart from the kingdom of God and the hope of eternal life. So he includes in it corruptions of every kind, and the abyss of all evils. In the world are pleasures, delights, and all those allurements by which man is captivated, so as to withdraw himself from God.”

Charles Spurgeon on Romans 12:2

Then come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing. Would you attain the full assurance of faith? you cannot gain it while you commune with sinners. Would you flame with vehement love? your love will be damped by the drenchings of godless society. You cannot become a great Christian—you may be a babe in grace, but you never can be a perfect man in Christ Jesus while you yield yourself to the worldly maxims and modes of business of men of the world. It is ill for an heir of heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of hell. It has a bad look when a courtier is too intimate with his king’s enemies. Even small inconsistencies are dangerous. Little thorns make great blisters, little moths destroy fine garments, and little frivolities and little rogueries will rob religion of a thousand joys. O professor, too little separated from sinners, you know not what you lose by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength, and makes you creep where you ought to run. Then, for your own comfort’s sake, and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one. (from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening)

Who do you love?
The World ?
Or the Father?

We Should Watch What We Watch – Take Heed What You See

Yesterday I posted about Take Heed What You Read – AW Pink where you should give heed to what you fill your mind with as you read.

Here is a good quote from Spurgeon about the same subject that “One Mouthful Is Quite Enough“.  Be sure to think about the meat analogy.

But not only do we need to watch what we read, we also need to seriously watch what we see. An image can stick with you for a lifetime. Dea in her post For His Glory…By His Grace….We Finally Cut the Cable!, expresses well why we should watch what we watch.

I think the movie industry understands why we had cable tv. for so long, they refer to it as “our viewing pleasure”

But was it pleasurable? Did we truly enjoy watching and listening to the very things that God hates? No way! We came to understand that the only reason we as Christians would desire to sit in front of the above list is because of the lusts of our unredeemed flesh. (The lust of the flesh, the lust of eyes, the boastful pride of life) The flesh that said ” OH, that looks so good, that will make me feel so good, OH, I need to see that, It will let me hold my head up high, I deserve to relax!, It’s “me” time, etc….) The Bible says in 2 Tim. 3 that in the last days men will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God and then it goes on to say say we are to avoid such men as these. So how are we as Christians to deal with the (defeated) unredeemed flesh?

Be sure to read the whole post and see if you can justify continuing to allow the poison in for your family.


Jewels from Romans #3

Romans 1:18-23

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles
. (ESV)

All people know that God exists. God has revealed Himself to all people. But for what purpose? Why would God make Himself known to people who will do nothing but hate Him or deny Him? These verses in Romans tell us that God has manifested Himself to every person in a limited manner so that all people will be without excuse when they stand before God in judgment. The wrath of God will be revealed against all those who are ungodly and unrighteous, and God will be completely justified in doing so.

Why, then, are there people who claim to be atheists? Atheists are not people who do not believe that there is a God, atheists are those people who have suppressed the truth about God in their minds. Do atheists make a deliberate choice to not believe in God? No, I believe that Paul is teaching us that we all suppress the knowledge of God in our minds by our unrighteousness. We would rather revel in our unrighteousness than face the fact that there is a God.

How has God manifested Himself to every person? Paul says that God is manifested to all people by the works of His creation. So, then, is it just an accident that all people know that there is a God? No, verse 19 clearly says that God has shown (an active verb, not passive) to all people what can be known about Himself. Verse 20 contains a paradox which is counter to our way of thinking. Notice that the invisible attributes of God are clearly seen. What are those invisible attributes that are clearly seen? God’s eternal power and his divine nature. These two things are manifest in the creation of God. Belief in evolution is just another way to suppress the truth of God.

But is it enough to know that there is a God? Or course not. Knowledge of God leads people onto two divergent paths. Some people in their knowledge of God are lead to give Him glory and thanks. I think of the story of Cornelius the Centurion from Acts chapter 10. We are told in Acts 10:1-2 “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.” (ESV) This man had never heard the gospel message, but he still gave glory and thanks to God. However, other people in their knowledge of God do not give him glory or thanks. Romans 2:8 describes these people as self-seeking. They seek their own glory and give themselves thanks for what they have.

What happens to the person who suppresses the truth of the knowledge of God? They become futile in their thinking. We can also use words such as “empty or vain” in their thinking. And their hearts are darkened. They lose what little light they may have had. What are some examples we see of vain thinking and darkened hearts in the world today? Ideas such as reincarnation, karma, enlightenment, jihad, and atheism all stem from vain thinking and a darkened heart, as man seeks some way to get glory for himself.

Furthermore, those who have gone to vain thinking and darkened hearts imagine themselves to be wise. This gives rise to so-called worldly wisdom, which manifests itself in things like philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry. This so-called wisdom is nothing but foolishness.

And furthermore, vain thinking and a darkened heart lead people to deny the glory of God in favor of worshipping idols. Romans 1:23 tells us that these people worship idols in the form of men, birds, animals, and reptiles. Romans 1:25 tells us that these people worship the creature rather than the creator. At this point, someone will say that this is no longer true. We are far too sophisticated to worship an idol made of wood or stone. Only the heathen in the dark of Africa do that anymore. Yet I contend that we have much more insidious ways of worshipping the creature rather than the creator here in America today. Our idols are called hedonism, materialism, perversions, narcissism, and relativism.

Why would a person desire to exchange the worship of the immortal God for the worship of mortal and corruptible idols? It is because we want a god who is made in our image. When we have a god who is just like we are, then it is no longer a sin to practice the ungodliness and unrighteousness we hold so dear. When we have a god made in our own image, then we can share in the glory instead of rightly giving all glory and thanks to the One who created us.

By Berean Husband


Who Have You Given Your Children To?

This may seem harsh, but the conclusion I have arrived at, over the years, is that if you, as a Christian, are sending your children to public school you are, at the very least, giving your children a potential disadvantage and strikes against them in their Christian walk. At the worse, you are disobeying God and offering your children up to idols for the sake of money, time, or a pagan education. See the statements that Voddie Baucham makes concerning public schools in this video.

Voddie Baucham’s Book Family Driven Faith is one of the best modern parenting books I have read. My husband even says the same thing.

If you are a parent or a pastor this book is worth reading. Parents need to think about all the preconceived notions their public school education has left them with concerning parenting. Pastors need to see how churches have been influenced my man’s opinions and the public school mentality for years. We as Christians are losing our children! According to research 70 – 88 percent of our “Christian” children are leaving the church by their second year in college.

Almost 9 out of 10 children are rejecting the faith their parents have thought they taught them.

I will post more about the book over the next few days.

Thank You to Lady of Virtue for the video.


Perils of Pride #5: A Case Study

Daniel 4:29-37

29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,
30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.
32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.
34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”
36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.
37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

The first four chapters of the book of Daniel provide for us a biography of a man who, by all accounts, spent the majority of his life bound by the sin of pride. This person was King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. We are told by historians that Nebuchadnezzar reigned over Babylon for some 45 years. The first four chapters of the book of Daniel provide us “snapshots” of events which occurred during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. For instance, in the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a statue with a head of gold. When the prophet Daniel interprets the dream, he tells Nebuchadnezzar “You are that head of gold.” This is recorded for us in Daniel chapter 2. Then, some sixteen years later, Nebuchadnezzar sets up a statue covered with gold ninety feet high and attempts to force all his nobles to worship it. We know what happens. Three Jews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refuse to worship the statue and are thrown in a fiery furnace. When they are not killed, Nebuchadnezzar calls them out of the furnace and praises their God, the one true and living God. These events are recorded in Daniel chapter 3.

However, it is Daniel chapter 4 where we will focus our attention today. We are not given a time reference for Daniel chapter 4, but the chapter contains the last recorded events in the Bible of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar and it spans some eight years of time. Daniel chapter 4 records the events of a man who is consumed with pride and is humbled by God. The chapter begins with another of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams. This time the dream is of a great tree which reached to the heavens and filled the earth, until it was cut down, leaving only a stump. The image shifts from a tree to a man who is made to be like a beast for seven years. Once again, Daniel interprets the dream and counsels Nebuchadnezzar to repent of his sins before the things described in the dream happen to him. And that brings us to the verses which are quoted at the beginning of the study, Daniel 4:29-37.

In verses 29-30, we read that all that the angel had prophesied against Nebuchadnezzar in his dream came to pass after twelve months. Notice the circumstances that precipitated the fulfillment of the prophecy. Nebuchadnezzar was walking on the roof of his palace. Looking around at the great city of Babylon, he utters the words we read in verse 30. “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (NIV) It is Nebuchadnezzar’s pride that causes his downfall. In Daniel chapter 4 verses 24-27, Daniel has told Nebuchadnezzar that everything Nebuchadnezzar had came from God – that God gives such to anyone he wishes. Daniel urged Nebuchadnezzar to repent. But instead, Nebuchadnezzar claims that he derived his majesty and that Babylon derived in grandeur from the power of Nebuchadnezzar himself.

At that very moment, a voice was heard from heaven which announced that the prophecy against Nebuchadnezzar would be immediately fulfilled. In Daniel 4:31-33, we read that a heavenly edict was pronounced against Nebuchadnezzar. His authority was removed and a form of madness came over Nebuchadnezzar so that he became like a beast of the field.

Fortunately for Nebuchadnezzar, the story does not end at verse 33. In verses 34-37, we read of the restoration of Nebuchadnezzar. Just as the messenger of heaven promised, after seven years, his sanity was restored, and his kingdom was restored. Notice the sequence of events which occurs in verse 34. First, Nebuchadnezzar raises his eyes towards heaven. It has been said that an ox never looks up. But after seven years of eating grass, Nebuchadnezzar finally looks up to heaven. God then restored Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity. Next, Nebuchadnezzar praised God. Specifically, Nebuchadnezzar praises God just as he heard from the angel eight years before. He praised God because His dominion is the only one which is eternal, and he praises God because God does just as he pleases in heaven and among the peoples of the earth.

We read in Daniel 4:36 that God also restored Nebuchadnezzar’s honor and splendor. The king’s old advisors and nobles sought him out and restored him to the throne. And we read that Nebuchadnezzar became greater than he ever was before.

Verse 37 has an appropriate ending for this story. “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” (NIV) Nebuchadnezzar has learned three lessons from what happened to him over these eight years. First, Nebuchadnezzar learned how to praise God instead of praising himself. Second, Nebuchadnezzar learned that everything that God does is right and just. Notice that we hear no words of complaint from Nebuchadnezzar about his eight years of insanity. And third, Nebuchadnezzar learned that God is able to humble those who are proud. Nebuchadnezzar is the #1 exhibit of the lengths that God will go to in order to break the pride of a person.

What can we learn about the sin of pride which is applicable to our lives from the story of Nebuchadnezzar? After all, none of us is a king or queen ruling the majority of the known world in our time. Let’s look again at verse 30. “he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (NIV) None of us has built a great city as a royal palace as an edifice of our own majesty. Or have we? Maybe not with our hands, but perhaps within our heart. I personally have built for myself an statue of gold ninety feet high within my own heart where I worship what I have and the things that I have done (see 1 John 2:16). What do I sacrifice to this idol of my pride? I make regular sacrifices of applauding myself for being a better person than other people. I make regular sacrifices of serving my own needs, desires, and lusts rather than focusing on the glorification of Jesus Christ and the welfare of others. I make regular sacrifices of flaunting and abusing the authority that God has entrusted to me in my family, in my job, and at church. I make regular sacrifices of hurting those people who are closest to me. Perhaps you can identify a similar idol, which you have constructed within your heart.

What can we do about this idol to our pride which we have constructed within our heart? Consider with me the words of the Apostle Paul as recorded in Romans 12:1-3:

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Paul gives us a four fold exhortation for battling the pride in our heart. First, Paul says that we should worship God by offering up our bodies as a living sacrifice. This means that we should give up our rebellion against God and submit to His lordship of our lives. Being a living sacrifice to God means that we must strive to offer up a life which is holy and which is pleasing to God. If we live our lives in a manner to please ourselves, or in a manner to please other people, we are probably not living a life, which is holy and pleasing to God.

Second, Paul says that turn our minds away from the pattern of this world by the transforming power of God. We need to have our minds renewed. Most of us have been so immersed in the sins of our culture that only the cleansing power of God can remove the filth. And how does God renew our mind? I believe that the primary way God renews our mind is by the Word of God. Or, in a simpler term, through reading the Bible. There are other ways, of course, but I believe that the Bible is the primary thing God uses to renew our minds.

Third, Paul says that we should actively seek to know and do the will of God. That means we must turn away from doing our own will and be ready to fully accept whatever it is that God has in mind for us. I have a deep appreciation for the way Paul describes the will of God in Romans 12:2 – good, pleasing, and perfect. How can my will compare to the will of God? My own will is never good. It seeks to do evil. My own will seeks to please myself, but rarely does for any length of time. My own will usually leads to disaster. Why would I want to follow my own will when God’s will for me is good, pleasing, and perfect?

Fourth, Paul says that we should put away our tendency of thinking too much of ourselves. Rather, we should look at ourselves with sober judgment that recognizes that we are nothing without the gift of faith, which God has bestowed on those he has called.

By Berean Husband


Attire of a Harlot !?!

We had a very severe thunderstorm here after we got home from church. Continuous lightening and over 2 inches of rain caused me to be worried about tornadoes. I flipped on the TV to check for severe weather warnings. I shouldn’t have!! We live in the middle of nowhere, so when we have severe weather we are either first before the weathermen get things going or we are after the important areas and we get no coverage. Those who live in nowhere will know what I mean.

I shouldn’t have done it though and it isn’t like I didn’t know better. It was just so much easier to turn on the TV than to check the weather on the computer. Thankfully, no one was in the room at the time.

Practically naked ladies were dancing the moment the TV came on. Some kind of ‘dance’ show. I am serious, if it is possible to have on less clothing than the bikinis at the beach – they did. The harlot in the Bible would have been ashamed! I couldn’t get the TV off fast enough!

Proverbs 7:10 And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. NKJV

Even in Bible times the harlot would have had attire!

Proverbs 7:10

“She had the attire of a harlot (v. 10), gaudy and flaunting, to set her off as a beauty; perhaps she was painted as Jezebel, and went with her neck and breasts bare, loose, and en deshabille. The purity of the heart will show itself in the modesty of the dress, which becomes women professing godliness.”

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

The harlot and her prey will suffer the consequences!

Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. KJV

Shame on you if you watched that!

How many ‘Christians’ will be at your Church Sunday with the attire of a harlot?