True in deed! I like the reference in the sermon to Dr. Harold Willmington. It is so wonderful to be able to learn from the likes. He in his comments on the Lords Prayer said "If you wonât forgive âŚ you canât pray, âForgive us our debts."
And he also agrees that " we cannot make a final judgment concerning the salvation of any professing Christian, for only God knows those who truly belong to him."
It is so good to hear good solid teaching from the bible and be able to study further to the edifying of the saints.
Great Insight! From Dr. Harold Willmington:
Question: What kind of person is unable to pray the Lordâs prayer?
If you donât know Christ âŚ you canât pray, âOur Father.â
If you glorify yourself âŚ you canât pray, âHallowed be Thy name.â
If you reject His rules âŚ you canât pray, âThy kingdom come.â
If you wonât submit âŚ you canât pray, âThy will be done.â
If your life is only for here and now âŚ you canât pray, âOn earth as it is in heaven.â
If you are self-sufficient âŚ you canât pray, âGive us our daily bread.â
If you wonât forgive âŚ you canât pray, âForgive us our debts.â
If you seek sin âŚ you canât pray, âLead us not into temptation.â
If you are a friend of evil âŚ you canât pray, âDeliver us from evil.â
If you build your own kingdom âŚ you canât pray, âThine is the kingdom.â
If you want power âŚ you canât pray, âThine is the power.â
If you always take credit âŚ you canât pray, âThine is the glory.â
And also:" we cannot make a final judgment concerning the salvation of any professing Christian, for only God knows those who truly belong to him. âNevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquityâ (2 Tim. 2:19)."
So true! So well said.
1 Cor. 6:1-3 and Mathew 5.
We are all on the way to the last judgment where the sheep will be separated from the goats. "first be reconciled to your brother"..."whiles thou art in the way with him;"
"To those who believe that the universe is the result of the supposed big bang, where invisible particles somehow came into being and randomly organized themselves into atoms, molecules, stars, and planets, there would be no reason to expect that the earthâs temperature would be controlled within a specific range. That life exists at all should be considered exceedingly unlikely from this perspective. Stephen J. Gould, an evolutionist, put it this way, âWe are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a âhigherâ answerâbut none exists.â
To those who believe that the heavens and the earth were designed and created by a âhigherâ power, there is ample reason to expect that earthâs temperature will remain in a range to support life. In fact, God gives us that promise in Genesis 8:22: Within this worldview it makes perfect sense that the earth would have a temperature control system just like our bodies do, since God designed them both." (answersingenesis.org)
Amen it is Gods work. So why do we debate about Gods foreknowledge when we really dont have any business looking into it. It is HIS foreknowledge. We are to be obedient to the Spirit in spreading the Gospel(not in mans wisdom butÂ power) and let God prick the hearts of those he has foreknew.
also jsc thats easy to say when you are not the one being persecuted. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Persecution is surely coming harsher in our country of america and we will need all the mercy and grace and encouragement we can get in our hour of need. when faced with peraecution i pray by the Spirit we would not deny Him in that moment
jsc. look at 1cor 12: 12-26 and when jesus in matthew was dividing the sheep from the goats he was talking to them in regards to his bretheren. just look at it as being a water boy for your persecuted brothers and sisters. not so much to end the violence but to encourage them. they are more of an encouragement to us. teen christian. if you go to persecution.com it will have all the links associated with the ministry including icommittopray.com.
Teen christian. your zeal for Christ is beautiful, yet wisdom (which is actually walking in the ways of Christ) comes with experience not only in His presence, brokenness, anguish etc but in His mercy through our failures. Much of which i seek daily. anyway i heard duncan campbell once give an analogy that really pertains to a lot of this young american christian generation (which i am included in). He talked about a farmer trying to pull his cow out of the mud. if you try to go into the mud to push the cow out you will just get muddy and slip and maybe be crushed by the cow. but you have to stand on a rock and throw a rope at the cow and pull it out of the mud. youbg christians often times seek in the world to find a so called moral maybe "christian" artist or movie star or sports star they can idolize. there is a form of godliness but denying the power thereof that will not regenerate or sanctify or empower a christian to do gods will. by gods grace teen christian you must stand on the rock of christ alone to pull souls out of the mud.