Summary, Part 4 (final) TWO CONCLUDING QUESTIONS [39:13]. 1. If you have not yet come to Christ for rest, why wait any longer? Christ commands it. Have you no sin to be pardoned? Have you sufficient rest? Have you no sense of unholiness? Have you all the time in the world? Waiting is flirtation with the Devil; it is a death wish. Heed the fearful warning of Heb 4:1. 2. Beloved brethren, are you resting in Christ? Are you still suffering the angst of the problems of this life? If so, come to Christ afresh. Many Christians live beneath their privileges. Do you have unconfessed sin? Could you bear it if Christ approached you at this moment? He will never leave you. If He seems distant, it is because you are distant from Him.
Summary, Part 3 2. Mere knowledge of Christ. Many knew Him during His ministry even followed Him without accepting His invitation. Many even call the unsaved to Him without knowing Him themselves. 2. WHAT THE PROPER RESPONSE IS. 1. Trusting Him for salvation: believing His gospel with spiritual desperation and thirst and abandoning any hope of saving ourselves. 2. A commitment to love Him supremely, and this means a comparative hatred for everything else, even one‚Äôs own life (Lk 14:26). This does not mean hating everything else, but rather loving Christ so much more than anything else. IV. THE PROMISE GIVEN TO ALL WHO ACCEPT THIS INVITATION: ‚ÄúAND I WILL GIVE YOU REST‚ÄĚ [33:58]. Christ gives deliverance from many things: God‚Äôs wrath, the fatal attraction of the world, the fear of the law, the enslavement of the Devil, crippling anxiety, the fear of death, and the dread of damnation and Hell.
Summary, Part 2 b. They are not those who are sick and afflicted. Most in this category know nothing of their spiritual malady. 2. They are certainly not those who think they are better than most people. Jesus‚Äô original audience included many self-righteous individuals. Salvation is not an award. These people tend to despise God‚Äôs people. 3. They are not those who are seeking a boost for their sagging self-esteem. This is contrary to salvation, which begins with repentance. And it is contrary to sanctification, in which one gets smaller as God gets bigger. B. WHAT THE WEARY AND HEAVY LADEN ARE: THEY ARE SENSIBLE SINNERS. They are weary of the sense of their own sin. They know who they are and they know how much they need their savior. The unsaved may hate and regret the consequences of their sins, but not the sins themselves. ‚ÄúWeary‚ÄĚ means worked to the point of exhaustion, and ‚Äúheavy-laden‚ÄĚ means the oppressive weight of a burden. Together, they refer to one who can find no relief and can do nothing for himself. III. THE RESPONSE REQUIRED BY THE INVITATION: ‚ÄúCOME TO ME‚ÄĚ [23:47]. He simply beckons us. He doesn‚Äôt ask us to jump through any hoops. A. WHAT THE PROPER RESPONSE IS NOT. 1. Church requirements. Many come to church without ever coming to Christ.
Summary, Part 1 In Mt 11:28, we learn of an offer that sounds too good to be true for something we desperately need (cf. Jn 6:37). He made the offer after rebuking Israel for rejecting His ministry. I. THE ONE WHO ISSUES THIS INVITATION: ‚ÄúCOME TO ME‚ÄĚ [starting at 5:52 of the audio]. He is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, who left glory to give Himself for sinners. Humans and their religions mimic this promise falsely. A. JESUS IS ABLE TO PROVIDE WHAT HE OFFERS. All His promises are ‚Äėyea‚Äô and ‚Äėamen‚Äô in Him. B. JESUS IS WILLING TO PROVIDE WHAT HE OFFERS. Jesus was willing to heal the leper in Mt 8:3. C. JESUS IS FAITHFUL TO PROVIDE WHAT HE OFFERS. He keeps His promises. He is the faithful and the true. We can weigh our souls on them. The nature of this offer is that of a gentle savior, but also the command of a sovereign king. He is not just asking; He is exercising His divine right and office to command us to repentance. To disobey is rebellion and eternal damnation. II. THOSE WHO ARE ISSUED THIS INVITATION: ‚ÄúALL WHO ARE WEARY AND HEAVY-LADEN‚ÄĚ [12:57]. A. WHO THE WEARY AND HEAVY-LADEN ARE NOT. 1. They are not those who are necessarily down and out. a. They are not the poor of this world. People can be weary and heavy-laden without being financially destitute.
Dorcas wrote: Yes indeed PTL, brother. We have taken to singing them...have been most blessed.
That must be really nice, to sing the psalms at home, with their rich tapestry of human experience. Maybe that is why young Christians have a hard time with the psalms, because they are too young to comprehend the depths. They are on the narrow road which leads to life, and there is much ahead along that road which eventually they will come to and experience as well. At that time, the psalms will open up and become most precious, because every time there is a spiritual principle to observe and keep one trusting in the Lord.
I have now got every psalm on 10 CD's, which I have transferred onto my hard drive, and I can listen every day to as many as I want. It is most wonderful. The laptop speakers are very tinny, but late at night I have some headphones which can cope with the deep bass notes of the cathedral organ and play it as loud as I want. I follow the psalms by using the Book of Common Prayer, from which all the psalms are sung. The singing and the music seems to bring out the meaning better, and is a rich source of blessing and comfort.
The question is, is His Unholiness wrong? Now, there's no reason that Franny shouldn't take notice of the problem, since Latin America has countries that there is a very large gap between the few very rich and the many extremely poor people. Notice that it is countries where the Romish Church has had an overbearing influence in society, are also the ones that have the worst problems. One the best things he could do is get all the people in these countries to become Protestant!
No, Frank, the U.S., was founded on good secular principles, it was basically a Masonic Republic. The politicians certainly paid lip-service to Christianity. Benjamin Franklin, no Christian, recognized the Christian influence on American society. One should know what What does Judeo-Christian Mean?, and this article will help explain it.
pennned wrote: that's some pretty cruel writing there Jim. I would expect an apology or at least a clearing of the air. Isn't it amazing that God saves the least of these and raises them up? And those who are wise in their own eyes have no advantage in the Kingdom of God, that it is the humble of heart that are heard by the King?
Penny, there have been occasions when there have people get on here that it would --appear-- they didn't take their medicine and make a nuisance of themselves at the very best. I also knew people in the Army who used drinking as an excuse to act obnoxious, I really don't have much sympathy for either.
I have pointed out that I realize there are organic causes for some mental disturbances, and I have sympathy for those people, but for many neurotic people with compulsions, addictions, there is no more reason to go overboard about these people than you would treat any other person who is sinning. Yes, you should point out to some people, How to Have Victory Over Sin rather than mollycoddle their behavior. In non-organic problems, Psychology: [is] The Trojan Horse
pennnnny wrote: that post really hurt. I don't know if this would be of any help. "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." Matthew 18:21-22
Dear Penny, May God Almighty heal of us our hurts and bring us into a place of forgiveness and everlasting peace in our souls! May God pull down the strongholds in our lives that would keep us from a steadfast loving relationship with God our Father and The Lord Christ Jesus! O may God in all seasons strengthen us with His mercy that endures beyond the generations! Peace to you my sister!
Dolores wrote: Pennny, thank you for understanding where I am now with a great burden for the perscution of Christians. What you posted spoke to my spirit and brought me great comfort. I have been saying the same thing to others, we are now in the last days and satan is bringing this on Christians because he knows he has a short time left. [...] Peace and blessings to you and Dorcas and all. [...]
Pennny, thank you for understanding where I am now with a great burden for the perscution of Christians. What you posted spoke to my spirit and brought me great comfort. I have been saying the same thing to others, we are now in the last days and satan is bringing this on Christians because he knows he has a short time left. Btw I did research on the vaccines and the side effects and I recant that statement I made that they should be forced on kids even over the objection of the parent. The child's parents should have the final say. Peace and blessings to you and Dorcas and all. Easter is coming up but there will be no comment from me.
I wish my parents had taught me about protecting myself from sexual predators as soon as I could talk! Then I would have been able to go to them, when before the age of 5 my cousins of similar age were asking me to do sexual things and telling me I would get into trouble if I told anyone. My cousins were being sexually abused and carrying on the abusive behaviour in their ignorance in an adult pattern. Thus, I became a child with innocence lost and a part of the cycle of abuse since before I can remember. This is one of the reasons Christmas stresses me out so much, because people do not suspect leaving 3 - 6 year olds to all sleep together as a potential abusive situation. And people do not understand that child molesters often spend more time being fun, unsuspecting, and charming than the average person.
My cousins lived on the same street where they went to Sunday School, and where their child molesting father went to Sunday School when he was a small child. And this was the place where I first went to Sunday School and it was not a pleasant introduction to the the Gospel.