Victory That Has Overcome The World

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith.” – 1 John 5:4

The victory is already won and is complete.

God Does Not Give Help To Angels

For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.” – Heb. 2:16

It is not angels God helps, it is Man.

There is no salvation for fallen angels, only fallen amen.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;” 2 Pet. 2:4

What is this cry that we hear? (Charles Spurgeon)

What is this? What is this cry that we hear? (Charles Spurgeon)

“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” Genesis 4:8

“The blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24

“The sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance].” Hebrews 12:24 (NLT)

There is a cry heard in Heaven; the angels are astonished; they rise up from their golden seats and inquire, “What is that cry?”

God looks upon them, and says, “It is the cry of blood; a man has been slain by his fellow; a brother is slain by him who came from the womb of the same mother, has been murdered in cold blood, through malice. One of My saints has been murdered, and here he comes.”

And Abel entered into Heaven, blood-red, the first of God’s elect who had entered Paradise, and the first of God’s children who had worn the blood-red crown of martyrdom.

And then the cry was heard, loud and clear and strong; and thus it spoke: “Revenge! Revenge! Revenge!” And God Himself, rising from His throne, summoned the culprit to His presence; questioned him, condemned him out of His own mouth, and made him henceforth a fugitive and a vagabond, to wander over the surface of the earth, which was to be sterile to his plough.

And now, beloved, contrast the blood of Christ with this. There is Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; He hangs upon a tree; He is murdered–murdered by His own brethren. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him–but put Him to death.

He bleeds; He dies; and then a cry is heard in Heaven.

The astonished angels again start from their seats, and they say, “What is this? What is this cry that we hear?” And the mighty Maker answers yet again, “It is the cry of blood; it is the cry of the blood of My only-begotten and well-beloved Son!”

And God, uprising from His throne, looks down from Heaven and listens to the cry. And what is the cry? It is not revenge; but the voice cries “Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!” Did you hear it? It said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”

“The sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance].” Hebrews 12:24 (NLT)

“I am the wheat of God” – Ignatius

First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” – Jesus (Matt. 13:30)

As Ignatius was martyred, he prayed, “I am the wheat of God. Let me be ground by the teeth of wild beasts that I may be found the pure bread of Christ.”

Jesus says there are only two crops: wheat and tares. There are no hybrids.

Which are you?

Jesus also says there are only two destinations: the fire or His barn.

Where are you headed?

Sir, We Wish To See Jesus

Then they came to Philip and asked him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.‘” – John 12:21

The aim of the preacher = point people to Jesus.

Our aim is not to a politician or a movement, but to the only Name under Heaven given among men, whereby they must be saved: Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

A good question to ask is: Am I using the Bible to preach MY message, or is the Bible using me to preach IT’S message?

But They Made Light Of It

But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:” – Matt. 22:5

When given the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, many make light of it. They go their way; off to home or off to work.

To make light of Christ’s sacrifice, to make light of eternity outside His loving embrace, to make light of the word of Truth… how tragic.

Pray for God to open their hearts, so they might hear and believe!

His Strange Work, His Strange Act

For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do his work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act.” – Isa. 28:21

The Holy Spirit refers to God inflicting punishment as “His strange work” and “His strange act.”

It’s strange for God to work or act in anything but love. God is love (1 John 4:8), yet He is holy (Isa. 6:3).

Ye know not what ye ask

Ye know not what ye ask.” – Jesus (Matt. 20:22)

Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith folk say ask in faith and God is obligated to give. Your faith activates Him.

That’s not what happened with Salome; She asked Jesus for something. This was His response: No.

I, Myself Will Search

“For This says the Lord God: ‘Behold I, I myself will search for my sheep and I will seek them out.'” – Ezekiel. 34:11

Must mean free will.

“A lost sheep never seeks it’s owner, The Shepherd must seek his sheep. ” – Arthur Pink

Create In Me a Clean Heart

“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” – Psa. 51:10

Note: who does the creating; Man or God? Does Man make his own heart clean or is it the work of God?

Lay your heart before God.

Pray for a holy heart.

Thomas Watson says “Lord, my heart is full of leprosy; it defiles all it touches.”

Refine and purify our heart and make it a temple fit for Thee.