June 01, 2015
A cry is a word that implies desperation. When there is nothing else to do and nowhere else to turn, you cry out.
And, a desperate cry seems to be irresistible to God—especially when it is a united cry from His people.
Psalm 107 overwhelms us with the consistency of this thought as the Psalmist speaks of Israel's continued wandering, God's judgment, the people's cry, and God's deliverance. Four times this pattern is repeated.
They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region...their soul fainted with them.
Then they CRIED OUT to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way to go to an inhabited city. (verses 4-7)
Because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; they stumbled and there was none to help.
Then they CRIED OUT to the Lord in their trouble; and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their bands apart. (verses 11-14)
Fools, because of their rebellious way, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted...
Then they CRIED OUT to the Lord in their trouble; he saved them out of their distresses. He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (verses 17-20)
For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea ... their soul melted away in their misery ... and were at their wits end.
Then they CRIED TO THE LORD in their trouble and He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed ... so He guided them to their desired haven. (verses 25-30)
We seek every other remedy. In vain we try every prescription except God’s. If there was ever a time when the believers in our land, who have rebelled and wandered from Christ, need to repent, turn their faith upward and cry out, it is now.
I wonder if He would hear our cry and relent in His judgment? I wonder if this is the year American history will record…
“And they CRIED OUT to the Lord and He delivered them.”
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August 07, 2020
August 06, 2020
There are thousands, perhaps millions of people who believe they are Christians who will never enter heaven. This is not my evaluation, but the clear teaching of Christ Himself.
Christ spoke of false prophets who "come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt 7:15). It is not the outward clothing, but the inward heart that indicates a true believer.
What is the only way to know the difference between a professing believer and a real believer?
August 05, 2020
Of all the things Jesus could have addressed in the Sermon on the Mount, it's fascinating that He spends a good bit of time addressing worry. In fact, He commands us not to be worried: "Do not be worried about your life."
We are champion worriers. God knows that worry is so counterproductive. Not only is it useless, but it ties us up, destroys our faith, is a poor witness to those who are watching, and dishonors God. So, to help us He gives His true followers multiple reasons why worry is so useless.