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Honesty And Forgiveness     -     September 18th, 2017

"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit." - Psalm 32:1-2 

That’s a blessedness that’s available to every one of us. Do you know why it’s available to every one of us? Because there’s none of us that hasn’t sinned. And, in a certain sense, the fact that we are sinners opens us up to this blessing, because God is willing to forgive our sins. He’s willing to cover our sins. He’s willing to count no sin against us, if we repent, if we turn to Him in faith.

There are three things the psalmist says there that God will do:

He will forgive our transgressions.
He will cover our sins.
And He will not count our sin against us.

But then there’s one thing that God requires of us. It says, “In whose spirit is no deceit.” God does require from every one of us sincerity, honesty, openness. We do not put on a religious act, we do not try to cover up, we do not excuse. We humbly and sincerely acknowledge that we have sinned, that we deserve God’s wrath and judgment, that we turn from our sin, we confess it and acknowledge it and God forgives. Oh, let’s cultivate a habit of being honest with God.

Derek Prince
Posted By: Bill Bundy

Enrollment To Graduation     -     August 22nd, 2017

"Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them." - Psalm 25:12-14 

It is important to understand that God chooses His pupils primarily on the basis of character, not intellectual attainment, not academic degrees, not social privilege, but on the basis of their heart attitude toward Him. He looks for a man who fears the Lord, who has reverent respect and fear for the Lord. He says such a man as that He will instruct in the way chosen for him. Such a man will spend his days in prosperity; his descendants will inherit the land.

Then it goes on to say something even more wonderful: “The Lord confides in those who fear Him.” Another translation says, “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.” I think there’s no greater privilege in our relationship with another person than when that person comes to such a place of confidence that he’ll share his secrets with us. And it really staggers me to think that if we have that attitude of reverent fear toward the Lord He’ll even share His secrets with us and He’ll make known His covenant to us.

You see, all God’s blessings are based upon His covenant and when He makes known His covenant to us then it opens the way to enter into all the blessings which God has provided.

Derek Prince

Posted By: Bill Bundy

All Sufficient Relationship     -     August 7th, 2017

This word is from Psalm 23, a psalm of David. David begins the psalm by saying:

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing." - Psalm 23:1, 4 

Then he speaks about all the provisions that come to him as being the one whom the Lord shepherds, and in verse 4 he says this:

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."  

You see, God does not guarantee His people that we will not walk through the valley of the shadow of death. In fact, the psalmist really assumes that at some time or another we will. I don’t believe that valley is just dying physically. I believe there are many occasions in life when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death – occasions of bereavement, loneliness, sickness, poverty, discouragement. God does not promise that we will not walk through those valleys, but He does promise to be with us.

And in particular He promises that His rod and His staff will comfort us. For me, the rod represents discipline, the staff represents comfort. And I believe the implication is that if we want God’s comfort we must submit to His discipline, and on that basis His presence with us is guaranteed even in the darkest valley. And His presence illuminates the darkness of the valley.

Derek Prince
Posted By: Bill Bundy

One Of Them?     -     July 25th, 2017

"You were like one of them." - Obadiah 11

Brotherly kindness was due from Edom to Israel in the time of need, but instead of showing kindness, the men of Esau joined with Israel’s enemies. Special stress in the sentence before us is laid upon the word you, as when Caesar cried to Brutus, "and you, Brutus." A bad action may be all the worse because of the person who has committed it.

When we sin, who are the chosen favorites of heaven, we sin with an emphasis; ours is a crying offense because we are so peculiarly indulged. If an angel should lay his hand upon us when we are doing evil, he need not use any other rebuke than the question, "What, you? What are you doing here?" Having been gloriously forgiven, delivered, instructed, enriched, blessed, do we dare give ourselves to evil? God forbid!

A few minutes of confession may be beneficial to you, gentle reader, this morning. Have you never been like the wicked? At an evening party certain men laughed at uncleanness, and the joke was not altogether offensive to your ear-even you were as one of them. When hard things were spoken concerning the ways of God, you were bashfully silent; and so, to onlookers, you were as one of them. When worldlings were bartering in the market and driving hard bargains, were you not as one of them? When they were pursuing vanity without restraint, were you not as greedy for gain as they were? Could any difference be discerned between you and them? Is there any difference?

Here we come to close quarters. Be honest with your own soul, and make sure that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus; but when this is sure, walk carefully in case anyone should again be able to say, "You also are one of them."1 You would not desire to share their eternal doom. Why then be like them here? Do not enter into their secret, in case you enter into their ruin. Side with the afflicted people of God, and not with the world.

Charles Spurgeon
Posted By: Bill Bundy

God Is Alive     -     July 24th, 2017

"The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!" - Psalm 18:46  

That’s a very important statement. The Lord lives. God is alive. Do you realize that? God is alive. It’s related that once in the life of Martin Luther, his wife Katie came down in the morning and greeted him and she was attired in mourning, she was in black, and Luther said to her, “Why are you wearing mourning?”

She said, “Because God is dead.”

He said, “Nonsense, woman, God isn’t dead.”

She said to him, “Well, if God isn’t dead, why do you act as if He were?” And that was a real rebuke to Martin Luther, the great reformer, the great interpreter of Scripture.

But so many of us, I think, need to be reminded. Sometimes there are other preachers whose wives need to come down all attired in black and when they ask them why, their answer is, “Well, God is dead.” And we expostulate and say, “Nonsense, it isn’t true!” And they answer, “Well, if He is not dead, why do you act as though He is?”

Remember that, God isn’t dead. There was a school of theology sometime back that asserted that God is dead. I have to tell you, that school of theology is dead. The theologians who espoused it are probably dead too. But there’s just one person who isn’t dead, and you can know that He’s not dead if you know Him as your God and your Savior. If He’s your rock, then you know He is alive and not dead, and that’s the best news today. God is not dead!

Derek Prince
Posted By: Bill Bundy