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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

Our Refuge And Shelter     -     June 20th, 2017

"In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “’Flee like a bird to your mountain’?" - Psalm 11:1   NIV

What is your place of refuge? Are you disturbed when people challenge you? Are you disturbed when you look at the uncertainty of the situation that we live in today?

Jesus told us at the close of this age we’d hear of wars and rumors of wars. That men’s hearts would fail them for fear, for looking for the things that are coming on the earth. In such times as these, we need a refuge. David said, “In the Lord I take refuge.”

And then he challenged those who questioned whether the Lord was an adequate refuge. He said, “How can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain’?” He was saying, in effect, “There’s no mountain that will shelter you. There’s no man-made shelter, there’s no man-made place of security which can guarantee you protection. There’s only one place of protection, one adequate refuge, but that’s in the Lord.”

In the Lord I take refuge. I don’t look merely to human sources, to the material world, to finance, to other provisions of that kind for my refuge, for my security. My security is in the Lord.

Have you ever proved the Lord as your refuge? Do you know what it means to take refuge in the Lord? I want to commend to you the Lord as a place of refuge.

Derek Prince
Posted By: Bill Bundy

Any Takers?     -     June 18th, 2017

If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation it must be by other means than any now being used. If the church in the second-half of the [twentieth] century [now the first-half of the 21st] is to recover from the injuries in the first half (and the last 2000 years), there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting. Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be the old prophet-type, a man how has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will not be one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. he will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.

A. W. Tozer
Posted By: Bill Bundy