Friday, January 20, 2012

Some Questions To Ponder, Part 3

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Proverbs 4:26
Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them]. Proverbs 5:6

This is a continuation of the previous parts as it is hard to get time to do such things.  Now l have a little to spare to possibly finish this. Again this was done in 2008. I have done some editing too in this final section. Here they are:
  • Why is no one being convicted of their sins and wickedness these days? Because they have lost touch with God.
  • Why isn't the power of conviction on people these days? Because all have resisted, grieved, quenched the Holy Spirit and people love their sins more than they love an intimate friendship with Jesus Christ, our Lord.
  • Why are hypocrites behind the pulpits sending people to hell instead of preaching the whole council of God, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, in a convicting way to slam home hard convicting  truth, to humble the heathen to repentance, to confess their sins, accept Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to convict them in being saved?
  • Why have we no tears for others around us who are lost and going to hell? Do we not care? Are we not concerned? Do we have no compassion for them? Why are we so oblivious  to those around us that they need Jesus more than we ever could imagine? Is it true most of the time we are too comfortable within ourselves that we feel we have no need of the lost? 
  • Isn't it true we are comfortable in a way with how we live, our lifestyles, our refined manner, that we care not about the things of Christ and heaven the way we should? 
  • Why do we paint each other different colours in a way to bring a proud honour on ourselves and yet fail to realize and understand the simplicity of human life and the need for all humans to live the way we should before our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? 
  • How do we expect God to fully bless us and answer our prayers if we continually grieve Him, resist Him and not allow Him to take first place in our lives to accomplish HIS will for our lives? 
  • Why do we not have deep heart trouble enough to be burdened with those we call "friends" in the church? 
  • Are we too self absorbed with the wickedness of this world to think all is ok when the whole world in actuality is going to hell? 
  • Do YOU love God? Do YOU love Jesus? Do YOU love the Holy Spirit? Why do you say I love, love, love, love Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit, yet live in total rejection and disobedience to them by blaspheming them, cursing them, doing and saying things that hurt them? At the same time never humbling yourself on your knees and face to admit your sinfulness to our gracious Lord God and confess your guilt, repent of it all, turn from it, and ask our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you? You know why? Because you are wicked and deceitful in heart.  Your conscience is cold and calloused.  Your hands are unclean and defiled.  Your heart is not pure but hard with no feeling nor any conviction in you. Instead of the Holy Spirit indwelling in you, the spirit of darkness is in you. 
  • Are we that weak in faith that we can't become stronger if only we trust in Almighty God for everything? Why do we trust in the authority of man when we can trust in the power of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ for all our needs? 
  • Why can't we open our mouths and say "I'm sorry", "I admit I made a mistake", "if you please", "thank you", and "I love you" in a humble way with a tear in our eyes, instead of being too big of a person and too filthy prideful? And arrogant? And ignorant? And foolish? Why can't we all get along? No one ever will or can, but we could. 
  • Why do we have cram down each others throats our own philosophies, our own opinions, our own ways or how others should do things and live, when we should be helping each other; and learning and teaching good Godly values, morals, and character  to others? 
  • Why do we need to have a say on everything that is said, instead of just showing some grace and a little kindness? Time we shut up for a change. 
  • I love God, do YOU? I love Jesus, do YOU? I love the Holy Spirit, do YOU? You do? How do you love all of them? Are you too prideful and contentious to do so? Are you too vile in your lusts to know how to? Or maybe you're no Christian at all and have never trusted and believed in Jesus to be your own personal Saviour. Think about this. 
  • Are we that rebellious that we can't give in to our Lord God and commit our lives to Him? Are we that ignorant that we'd rather believe in and trust in our own selves to get where we're going and not Him? Are we that disobedient that we can't even accept His final word in and for our lives? 
  • Do we live in such a state that our minds are set on what we think is good, Godly, and right, yet we can't and won't be dependent on Christ our Lord and have the mind of Christ, if saved? 
  • Why do we have a heart for the things of this world yet not convicted to lay up treasures in heaven? 
  • Has God humbled you lately? Has He smashed your hard heart and driven you to your knees before His awesome presence? Have you bowed before Him at an altar, sitting with tears streaming down your face with your head in your hands? (January 2012, I did today. Will you?) Have you given in to Him in a way that you feel the terrible burden in yourself that you have no choice but to cry out to Him in desperate need of our Saviour? 
  • Are we that prayer-less that we can acknowledge our God in heaven for His mercy He has shown to us? Why haven't you spent time in prayer with God? Why do you talk so little to Him? Why do you ignore the one who made you? Why can't you just allow Him to have control over you? Do you know what hard heartedness mean? No feeling and so sit there like a bump on a log too stubborn and pigheaded to fall down before our Lord and Saviour  who is worthy to be praised and worship by you, ALL OF YOU. 
  • Why do we say I love you God yet don't mean it? Why do we say I will surrender to You Jesus as I give You my all, yet our ALL has NOTHING to do with Him? Why are we not moved nor feel deep conviction and have no heart to follow, trust, obey, live as we need to for Christ our Lord? 
  • Why are we so complacent and stagnant that we smell and reek of raw sewage? Are we that stale and dirty that we feel not the need to be cleansed by Jesus' blood everyday? Why are we not confessing our sins to Jesus each day? Why are we not being in heartfelt repentance to Him? Why are not turning from our filthy sins? Why are we not asking for God's forgiveness so we can get right with Him once and for all? WHY? WHY? WHY? 
  • Why is it that Jesus says 'If ye love me, keep my commandments'? Why is it that we don't? Have you held Jesus in your arms lately? He holds some of you, but are you holding Him? Well... are you? Or are you too full of pride?  Are we really filled with the Holy Spirit or are we really filled with... OURSELVES? Have you been in a drunken state for Jesus or a drunken stupor for your lusts? 
  • Are you receiving what God has to offer you or rejecting it all for the satisfaction of others? Are you being led by the loving outstretched arm of Christ our Lord or led astray by the intimidating hand of the world? 
  • Why is it we sing 'Sweet Hour Of Prayer', but we won't devote that much time in prayer each day? What is one hour anyway? Why do we pray to God and talk to Him, yet not pray with God and talk with Him? There is a huge difference. When you don't know what to say to God, I believe He would love to hear you say 'have mercy on me a sinner' and 'I love you.' 
  • Do you know God says to you, "I love you", "I can and will convict you", "I can make you worship me", "I can take your life at any time", "I can make you do anything I want you to, but I won't"? Do you know God says, "I will be your friend"? "Please don't deny Me. Please be mine.", won't you? 
  • Do you know God says: "You break My heart when you sin"? "When you curse Me"? "When you reject My free gift of eternal salvation"? "Why do you turn your back on Me, can't you see my tears for you?" "Your heart may not weep for Me, but you know My heart weeps for yours"? 
  • Do you know God says: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"? So why don't you? God also says: "DO I not mean enough to you that you won't kneel before Me and worship Me the way you should"? God also says: "I made you to glorify Me and worship Me, yet why don't you? You claim you love Me".

Final thought...

  • Do you know God says, "You talk a good talk and talk about praying to Me, thanking Me, talking to others about Me, but do you know all that you say.  Your talk, your prayers, your walk is meaningless to me and shallow because your heart is not in it, and your pride overtakes your humility? Hypocrites!

When all else fails, just think of all He has done for you and give Him thanks in EVERYTHING.

© Mike Carey; January 14, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What Will YOU Do With Christ?

Pilate saith unto them,  What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?  They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.  Matthew 27:22
You all know the story - all you who are familiar with this, the crucifixion of Christ our Saviour. Before this, Judas hung himself because of what he did.  He betrayed Jesus Christ into the hands of the wicked chief priests and the elders. These men were evil, wicked and heathen.  They even allowed Barabbas to be set free, and in turn crucified Christ Himself who did nothing to warrant such punishment.  All these pagan heathen fools really wanted very much was His death. But old Pilate, in his so-called righteousness, said he was 'innocent of the blood of this just person', when if fact, he was nothing but a hypocrite who just passed Christ off to the priests and elders to make it look like he was innocent.  But, Pilate was not innocent.  He was much as guilty as the elders and priests. 

In reality, we know exactly that the Lord God Himself allowed His Son to be crucified.  Man's salvation is the real purpose. God's great love is the reason. Now, after what God had done unselfishly, let us, therefore, look at some things considering YOU. SO, what will you do with Jesus as the New Year is upon us? What will you do with Him whom you call your own? Will you continue to strip Him of what He has done for you in allowing you to live one more day out of His mercy (Matthew 27:28)? Will you put on Him a robe again to judge, condemn and see to it that He is nailed to the cross one more time out of your self-righteousness and pride? They stripped him off more than two thousand years ago.  Will most of you strip Jesus one more time as you live a self-declared Christian life each day or the so called “christian life” (x-tian) because you refuse, deny and reject Him and His deity one more day? You actually abhor and hate Him, if you were living that way.  If Jesus would have come again to earth, you would have crucified Him one more time! The only reason He would have never been crucified in the first place is if He compromised and preached not the truth.  But He did.  Which is why He was crucified and killed by you? Because of your pride, filth, rebellion and liberal mind, YOU put Him to death. Well, again and again, too.  We all did!  The “scarlet” robe you wear is your indignation.  You won't rip apart what is seamless because of self. 'They stripped him'.  Have you done the same? Do you strip again the Christ who died for you?  Have you put Him on trial to once again kill Him, the one who came to earth to save you from a burning flame in hell?

Have you again put on His head a crown of thorns (Matthew 27:29)? Of course you do.  You do that after you slap and beat Him.  Because of the hate some of you have towards Him who wants to save you, you resist Him much and won't budge either. You, in all your pride and conceit, bury that crown of thorn IN His head with force.  Yes, stinking PRIDE and CONCEIT do that to Him!  With pain, He cries for you to come to Him, yet many of you won't because of the profaning of Him in His holy temple.  You constantly curse Him because He came into the world to save us all. He came into the world to save sinners, not to condemn all. (Maybe you do not even know these.)

As HIS blood runs again down His face, does it run down yours, too? Or do you wipe it off so you won't confess your sins, repent and ask Him to save your hide from a burning inferno? Have you any tears at all reading Matthew 27 of the Holy Scripture?  Have you any emotion for the ONE who bled and died for you? Or are you still full of bitterness and hatred towards the Lord Jesus Christ who died for you?  Yes, YOU! So that you may live! Have you reached out to touch the One who can save you, if you are not saved from hell? Or are you still biding your time graciously and dumb waiting? One day late may be too late for you friend.

Why do you again mock and spit on Him? We all have, whether we think we have not (Matthew 27:30 - And they spit upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head). What will YOU do with Jesus this New Year? Will you accept Him as your personal Saviour or will you wait for tomorrow? Tomorrow may never come.  One day late can be the difference between heaven and hell.  

Spitting upon Him again is the most insulting thing to do against our Saviour.  The Jews and Romans did that dirty and evil deed before as they were filled with the devil. But, the act is purposely done by multitude today! Most of you still do it. By spitting on Him, you reject and deny His truth in His Word. By smiting or beating and hitting Him, you reject Him in who He is, what He had done, and what He can do for you if you put your trust and faith in Him. You beat and spit on Him all over again year after year continuously thinking nothing of it. I myself have been punched and sucker punched by people before for absolutely no reason.  It did not feel good and it downright hurt. They were cruel.  But, this continued unremorseful abuse of our Saviour even more today means these people rely on their stinking religion to save them (go to heaven), yet will not.  Never!

We are a great lot, aren't we?  Many preachers are exactly the same as those under them although many don't seem to see it.  None, I say NONE, are exempt from the bloodthirstiness of man. He is becoming lower than an animal and things in this world are getting no better, regardless what others may say.  It is getting worse.  The crucifying of our Saviour, people do it all year round and every day.  No wonder God is full of fury, wrath, anger, and hatred for sin the way the world is. He will come back soon and will settle once and for all we have intentionally made great mess to Him or even forget doing for Him. HE will then be truly worshiped and praised.  Every rotten, rebellious evil's knee then will bow and every filthy tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.

Isaiah 50:6 - I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. 

Again, what will YOU do with Jesus this coming New Year? Have you ever allowed others to smack you and spit on you even for once? Would you like me to belt you in the mouth for no reason at all? Fork and spit all over you? You would probably kill me or do it back to me.  I know you would because you are evil and you have absolutely no grace or tolerance. What do you think Christ experienced? He had it all more than what we insignificant peons of people may even suffer. He did not hide from shame, but we would. He allowed all these to happen to Him, yet none of us ever would. Just for instance, you would allow someone to slap you.  Surely, he would feel the rage in you building up as you would hit him back. Christ did not, but we surely would.

Isaiah 52:14 - As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.  He was beaten to death by all of YOU. His Father allowed this to happen, too (Isaiah 53:10).

But, man got his hands on the One who did nothing to mankind except to tell the gospel truth.  Like today, too many don’t like the truth, and countless hates the Lord Jesus.  This is why the world is the way it is today. This is also why man is the way he is today. Man has sunken lower than animals. Our Lord Jesus was beaten, brutalized and His body was ripped off apart more than any human alive could have experienced.   Everything was done for all of us  to save us from destruction (1 Timothy 1:15). How ungrateful we are!

Why don’t you take time and read Isaiah 53?  Study it. See what it says and dwell in it with your mind until you can understand it.  Let it drive home what it really tells you.  So many just read and say, 'it is so sad'.  For them it's just ‘other little things’. So it was the way it was, a pathetic story. How about YOU?  Do you get utterly, emotionally sad and upset? Do you cry? Do you feel remorse and filthy after “crucifying” again our Saviour? No doubt you don't. Again, read it and study it wholeheartedly. This time, you may even be changed or have some pretty change of mind. Or would you still like to be beaten beyond recognition where no one wouldn't ever be able to recognize you or know who you are before you will feel it? That suffering happened to only one man in history and it may happen if He may allow Himself to come again. Yet, the same things would be the effect on the great masses. People would even do to our Saviour worse things than ever before. All would scourge, mock, spit, beat, rip apart the body, and again kill the one who came to save them from hell. Sad, sad unremorseful world!  Again and again, I pause this big question: What will YOU do with Christ this New Year? Proclaim Him? Serve Him and others?  Witness to others? Or continue to kill Him spiritually and in other ways, too?


(c) Mike Carey; December, 2011