Saturday, August 29, 2015

HUMANISM DESPAIR AND FINDING MEANING

Francis Schaeffer said that humanistic reasoning only leads to despair and that the humanist comes to only value personal peace and materialistic wealth. In other words, the humanist only cares about himself. He doesn't even care for his own children and grandchildren. If he says he still cares, then he's not fully invested in what his philosophy demands. The humanist may say he loves, but it's only his conscience that won't admit the truth that he's a selfish man who cares only for himself. Fully immersed, and detached from God, He is the center of the universe and he is all that matters.


As I think about Schaeffer's words, I see the ugly conclusion that in chasing personal peace and materialism, the humanist is gratified by detachment from people, and attachment to things. Is that not a sobering thought? It might answer why there is so much destruction of life in our humanistic world. Life has no meaning.
Now this meaningless, self-centered existence is exactly what you get when you are fooled to leave God out of your world view. If you don't have God, then the universe and your own life has no real meaning. You are just an accident, a chance meeting of atoms, that happens to breathe and think. But without God, you have to conclude you are going to return to the dust and there's nothing more beyond that. It is an abysmal philosophy of life.
The personal peace a humanist seeks is achieved through selfish pursuits of drink and drugs and materialistic acquisitions. How many people today are sustained day to day only by being high? It's rampant. The personal peace is an illusion and so the drugs have to be taken to achieve the escapist peace.
Escapist peace is really the detachment from the world by feeling good. Imagine if you will someone who takes a drug or drinks alcohol to such a measure that his or her mind is not in the least bit able to connect to the real world that you or I are in at this moment. They are escaping from the existence they've been fooled to believe in. The utopia they conceived that was freedom from the mystical or fanciful controls of an Almighty God turns out to be an empty place with no meaning. And so when they have turned from God, they turned to meaningless existence. They have no meaning. Their children and grandchildren have no meaning. And so they are reduced to feeling good through escapists means.
Escapism is pursued not only by drug highs, but it is also pursued by the the thrill of stuff. The materialistic pursuit of getting stuff. The lust for more stuff. Shiny stuff. Fun stuff. More and more must be acquired to keep the humanist excited and "alive". If he or she doesn't get more and more, he will think what is the point. Contentment doesn't figure into the world view of the humanist.
Feeling good is god to the humanist. He has nothing else. He has closed his perfectly good and able mind to the thought that stuff doesn't come from nothing. He has battled and beaten down his own spirit that cries out for meaning and for an affinity with the Creator. In doing so, he's destroyed any chance of real happiness and meaning. He has believed a lie. The old lie. Once a man has fully accepted it, he's become a selfish, empty, self-centered, self-gratifying, narcissistic fool. No God and no hope is found where his humanism has led him.
Think about it, Christian. We are all fighting the battles of sin. We are not immune to the temptations to set God aside in the pursuit of feeling good and acquiring things. If it ever takes hold in you, you will leave God. Why? Because humanism is a false god. And no person can serve two masters, Mt 6:24.
Bless you. Draw near to God. Love God. Love your neighbor more than yourself. True happiness and fulfillment is found only in Jesus Christ. Did not Jesus teach that the abundant life comes through death to self and living to God? Yes, Jesus is right. - Dan Mayfield
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Note, Schaeffer was no "prophet" in the Biblical sense, but he like many insightful individuals, like Orwell and other thinkers, could see where all of this was going.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FAITH IN GOD THAT WORKS VS. FAITH IN WORKS

In Romans, many perceive a false dichotomy between faith and works. Many misunderstand this, even great minds have done so, to conclude that the opposite of "works" is "not working". This is a gross error because faith that doesn't work, isn't any kind of saving faith, Rom 1:5; 16:26; Jas 2:14,17,24,26. Let me illustrate. Paul said,

"4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works." Rom 4

Both the man who works for salvation and the man who believes for salvation are both working. Said another way, the first man believes in God but he works to earn or deserve salvation. To him God isn't a God of forgiveness and grace. He sees his works which can include fleshly attributes and deeds as deserving of salvation. If he is a first century Jew, he is quite sure that because of his lineage and because of his personal righteousness that God owes him salvation. This man is blind because he doesn't see His filth and that his sins have made him wretched and poor. But it cannot be said that he doesn't believe in God. The problem is that his trust in his own works, makes his belief as if unbelief because his trust is not in the favor or grace of God. Therefore when Paul contrast works and belief, he is speaking of a certain kind of works and belief. The first man trust not in God for the gift of salvation because he trust that his works merit his salvation.

What about the second man who believes. He too works. Though Paul says in vs.5, "But to the one who does not work", he works just as the first man believes. It's a bit challenging to understanding, but the works of the first doesn't preclude or exclude belief, and the belief of the second man doesn't preclude or exclude works. As the first man believes in God but trust in his works for salvation, so the second man believes in God's grace and trust not in his works for salvation.

Does the second man work? Yes, he must work. From the moment of believing in the Son, he is working, John 6:27-29. To confess Christ, to say a prayer, to turn from sin and bring fruits of repentance, and to be baptized are works that are essential. All of these things a person does who trust in God's saving grace. Without obedience, there is not saving faith. Without obedience, there is not trust in God's grace.

The "faith alone" denominational person clings to the idea that "faith without works" is alive and pleasing to God. James begs to differ. A sinner's salvation is acquired by faith in God. The salvation can only be received as a gift. This is the case because no matter how good we are, we fall short of God's glory, Rom 3:9,23. Hence, working for salvation, i.e. not trusting in God for salvation, is a non-starter. It won't work.

Here's what to do to be saved. Believe that the righteousness of Christ can make you whole. Understand that you can never be good enough to deserve eternal life. So in obedient faith, listen to Jesus and respond to Him in faith. Confess His name in faith. Turn from your sins in faith. Be immersed in the watery grave of baptism in faith. Trust only in God for your salvation. God will wash you of your sins because of your faith in Him. This is how to be counted as righteous before God, just as Abraham was.

THE VALUE OF THE HUMAN

Because each and every man is made in God's image, he or she is unique in all the universe and has intrinsic value.

But if there is no God, then the value of each man is only what men determine the value to be. If men decide that value is based on sex, or on beauty, or on a trade or special skill, on usefulness or costs to society, or on something else arbitrary, then it is not unethical to destroy the lives that aren't deemed worthy.

With so many babies already in the world, murdering tens of millions isn't unethical. We have plenty, so who cares. When the elderly outlive their usefulness and due to sickness they are a burden, then killing them by helping them commit suicide is not an ethical wrong. Teens are committing suicide at alarming rates and why not when they have been told how little value are their lives. They are told they are meaningless in the big scheme of things and that they have no intrinsic value beyond this physical world, and so why not kill yourself.

This godless value system is infused in the culture. The godless man is making all of the rules. He decides what is ethical. Business ethics and medical ethics are not determined by God, but by humanistic man who has no knowledge beyond his own desires. And so business and medicine is in trouble. The society is in trouble. A godless society with godless values is a danger to life.

I'm Christian. My values come from God who made me in His image. Knowing the value of Jesus Christ and that God would give Him to redeem my would lets me know how much He values my soul. My life has value to God that He would send His only begotten Son to take my sins upon Himself. Jesus was crucified by godless men and the Father allowed that life of Christ to be the atonement for my sins. In God's justice, my life is shown to have value. Your life has value. God loves you. Jesus loves you.

Please make sure that your values are from God and not from man.

I say this humbly, Dan Mayfield

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ARE THERE ANY WITH THE JUDGMENT OF NEHEMIAH?

The book of Nehemiah tells of the building of the wall around Jerusalem. This was done day and night under great fear because of opposition by the Samaritan, Sanballat and Tobiah. Nehemiah knew the dangers of these two who would thwart God's plan at every step. Nehemiah would not join hands with them.

But there are other covenant people who always think they know better. They think unity and love means compromise with others who hold different opinions. After Nehemiah built the wall and returned to serve his Persian king, he returned to Jerusalem again to see the spiritual condition of the people. What did he find? He found the Eliashib the Priest had allowed Tobiah to have a room in the temple and that Eliashib's son, Joiada, had married Sanballat's daughter. What a corruption by this Eliashib. Nehemiah cleansed the temple, similar to the way that Jesus cleansed the temple.

The spirit of compromise will destroy the church. Men like Eliashib are alive and well and they must be opposed. They will have the enemies of the Truth preaching in the pulpits to defile the church.

The cries today against the Nehemiah's who strive to keep the church pure and who have the courage to oppose compromise are coming from those who would make room for Tobiah and Sanballat in the house of God. If a man doesn't have the stomach to oppose the compromisers, he shouldn't be a preacher or leader in the church.

THE GREAT MORAL TEST OF OUR TIMES - BROTHERHOOD NEWS



LINK: The Great Moral Test of Our Time

SABBATH DAY REST GIVEN TO MOSES AND NOT BEFORE AND NOT AFTER

The people of God before Moses and after Christ's death did not observe the 7th day rest. If Christians today try to restore the 7th Day Sabbath rest, they ought also to set out to restore everything else that is the Law of Moses. To bind part is to bind the whole, Gal 5:3.
But there is good reason to conclude that the Sabbath day rest was as temporary as were the rest of the Commandments on the tablets of stone.
"14 “So You made known to them Your holy sabbath,
And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law,
Through Your servant Moses.
" Nehemiah 9:14
And Moses retold the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy and said,
"2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 “The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today." Deut 5.
After saying this, Moses goes on to give the Commandments that included "remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy".
Now when Nehemiah says God "made known" the holy Sabbath through Moses and when Moses said God "did not make this covenant with our fathers", we can conclude that there was no injunction from the LORD to rest on the 7th day of the week until the Law was given at Mt. Sinai with Moses.
I often hear Christians pacify concerns that we are doing away with the Old Law of Moses by saying that all of the 10 Commandments are repeated in the New Testament. I don't believe this is a good thing. It's like trying to pacify someone who is still clinging ton circumcision by assuring them that the circumcision is repeated in the New Covenant. It's not and neither are the Commandments on stone tablets. The Old, that one that included the command 'thou shalt not covet', was a ministry of death and condemnation, 2 Cor. 3:7-9. The New Covenant is a ministry of life and peace, Rom. 8:6. Does it make sense to say that God has repeated for Christians to keep the "ministry of death" and the "ministry of condemnation"? No. I do not see the Old being retold in the New. I see a New and better Covenant in the New Testament.
When it comes to the Sabbath Day, the 7th day of the week, there are some who still bind 7th day observance on people and still others who insist on calling Sunday the Sabbath. The only Sabbath rest that remains which Christians look forward to is the rest we have in heaven.
"9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience." Heb 4:9-11.
The book of Hebrews shows us that we are to labor for the LORD and we have a Sabbath rest in heaven. Until then, there is no Sabbath for the Christian. There is no injunction from God for Christians to keep the Sabbath.
In case you are still thinking Sunday is the Sabbath and follow from that to the conclusion that Christians don't have to worship on the first day of the week, you err. I have already said that Sunday, the first day of the week, is not the Sabbath. Sabbath was on the last day of the week. But there is a "Lord's Day" that remains which is the day Jesus was raised from the dead, Mt 28:1 (read the verse). 

The Lord's Day, the first day of the week, is the day that Christians assembled to remember the Lord's death by partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, Acts 20:6,7. The Lord's Day is the day that Christians laid aside their contribution to support the work, 1 Cor 16:1. So if the first day of the week is the "Lord's Day", then make it His day. Do not allow yourself to be distracted so that you give that day to another. On the Lord's Day, Christians assemble to worship the LORD. It is His day. Keep the Lord's Day for Him.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

IT MATTERS WHO IS THE PREACHER

From 2 Kings 17 we see that the ancestors to the Samaritans who were moved into the land of Israel by Assyria after the fall of Israel in the 8th century B.C. did not fear the LORD. And so God punished them sending lions into the land to kill some. The people sought help from the king of Assyria who responded by sending a priest of Israel to teach the people how they should fear the LORD. But the people continued in their idolatry.

I read this and wondered who this priest was. Was he an Ezra or Elijah firebrand reformer? Or was he one of the compromised priest who led the people of Israel into ruin in the first place? If only one priest can be chosen, as the king of Assyria commanded, wouldn't you want one with the zeal and courage of a real reformer who tears down altars and pagan idols? Certainly you would. But this didn't happen.

I wonder about today if because of the spiritual decline of America if the President ordered it be remedied, would he send a faithful Gospel preacher who preaches book, chapter and verse? Or would he send a Jeremiah Wright? Or would he send a Joel Osteen to bring the nation back to God? What kind of minister of God would allow the idols to continue? A true man of God wouldn't undertake the job without provision from the king to clean house and establish a land where Yahweh alone was God and where worship was no longer the feel good experience religious folks have grown dependent on; but was always is in truth and spirit. A true man of God would settle for nothing less than a return to the Scriptures.

Preachers today ought to be like the faithful prophets of old who preached true and demanded repentance.

Said in love, Dan Mayfield

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Cities of Israel Filled with Strangers, 2 Kings 17

24 The king of Assyria brought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from Avva and from Hamath and Sepharvaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the sons of Israel. So they possessed Samaria and lived in its cities. 25 At the beginning of their living there, they did not fear the LORD; therefore the LORD sent lions among them which killed some of them. 26 So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, “The nations whom you have carried away into exile in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the god of the land; so he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them because they do not know the custom of the god of the land.”

27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, “Take there one of the priests whom you carried away into exile and let him go and live there; and let him teach them the custom of the god of the land.” 28 So one of the priests whom they had carried away into exile from Samaria came and lived at Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.

29 But every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the houses of the high places which the people of Samaria had made, every nation in their cities in which they lived. 30 The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31 and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 They also feared the LORD and appointed from among themselves priests of the high places, who acted for them in the houses of the high places. 33 They feared the LORD and served their own gods according to the custom of the nations from among whom they had been carried away into exile.

34 To this day they do according to the earlier customs: they do not fear the LORD, nor do they follow their statutes or their ordinances or the law,

GRACE AND WORKS

Grace and works are are often taught as being in opposition to other. They are not.

Now let everyone understand that works of the flesh and the works that spring from Grace are in opposition to the other. The first kind is preached against in Romans 4. The second is preached for in James 2.

Paul says we must engage in good works and that for this we were created. So works in general cannot be in opposition to salvation by grace.

There are some "faith only" people who will be compelled to give their amen to this, but then they qualify by suggesting that the works will follow salvation. They qualify their amen because they continue to think that grace and salvation don't require obedience. Thus they contradict themselves without knowing it. Their position can't be true for belief without the obedience is faith incomplete, and is dead being by itself., James 2.

Here is what God knows. He knows if you are doing the works of the flesh in order to earn salvation, and He knows if you are doing the works of faith trusting not in the works, but in Him that justifies.

As our love springs from learning of God's love (see 1 Jn 4, we love because He first loved its), just so do our works of faith spring from learning of His amazing grace.

Saving faith is obedient faith. Romans 1:5; 16:26; 1 Thess 1:3 (look these up and learn for yourself) as well as many other text of the bible shows that repentance to God means turning and a changed life. If there is no turn and change, there is no faith recorded by God.

Grace and works of faith are completely compatible in God's plan of redemption.

Said on love, Dan Mayfield

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

KEEPING THE CLEAR DISTINCTION FROM THE WORLD

"you have nothing in common with us" - Ezra 4:3
These were the words of Zerubbabel and others to the people of the land who wished to corrupt God's remnant people.

I have read that perhaps the words were impolitic and could have been stated differently. I disagree.

What would be gained by saying, "You know, we really really like you. And we sure wish you godspeed. What an awesome thing that you have been worshiping Yahweh, albeit with your idols as well, but gosh, you sure worship Yahweh! We are really troubled that we can't have you building with us. Maybe next time."?

I think Joshua and Zerubbabel and the elders did it exactly right. Blunt and to the point, saying, "you have nothing in common with us."

But these words are hard. If a man wants to preach in the church, are you afraid to call it like it is if he isn't preaching the truth? Do you tell him, "I'm not judging you" when you should be judging? If you have no judgment, the pulpit and the congregation is in danger with this tepid and fearful leadership.

There is a particularly beautiful passage in Malachi 3 that speaks of the faithful remnant. It says, "16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. 17 "They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him."  Take note of the last words. God's people distinguish between what is right and wrong. Just like Zerubbabel, Christians must keep clear of everything that is not of God.

Don't be afraid. Just tell it like it is. Sincerely, Dan

JEHOVAH JIREH - GOD WILL PROVIDE

"And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." – Genesis 22:14
These are the words of Abraham when his son asked where is the sacrifice to be offered and God provided the ram in the thicket to be the sacrifice. God provides for His people who act in faith.

When it is true that we don't know the very next step we will take. The next heartbeat is uncertain. The next breath we only hope for. We can anticipate and we can hope, but nothing is certain.

What is the best course of action then for our lives? God provides if we will walk with Christ. When we don't know the way, follow Christ. When Thomas said "we don't know the way", Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" Jn 14:5,6. If we will but follow Christ, the journey ahead will always be blessed.

So go forward and approach each minute knowing that it is blessed if we follow Christ. The life is blessed with joy and peace when we learn to accept that God will always provide.

Sincerely, Dan Mayfield
"Success takes you where character cannot sustain you." - Dave Chappelle

Christians, are your children encouraged to get fame and fortune? Know that it may be at the expense of their souls.

TIME IS A WASTING: WISELY REDEEM IT FOR GOD

Paul said, "making the most of your time, because the days are evil." Eph 5:16.

Picture all the days and all of the time in the day already being sold to evil. "The days are evil" pretty much explains the day in our time. Unless we do something different, the clock will tick away today for only evil.

Paul says we can do something about all the lost and evil time. We can "redeem" it. With faith and choice, we can seize the day. We can snatch it away from the evil and put that time to use for God.

Go and seize this day for Christ. Redeem back the lost and wasted time. Don't allow the minutes to be frittered away. But truly make the most of today. Let God be glorified in it.

Read the Bible and meditate on God's word. Pray and draw near to God. Do good and don't grow weary doing so. Open your mouth for Jesus. Redeem the time in such ways because otherwise, it's just another evil day.

I say this in love. Dan Mayfield

WILL I WORK FOR JESUS TODAY? - Dan Mayfield

From the beginning of time in the garden, God designed man to work. "The LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it." Gen 2:15.  Man is designed to work. The body is a machine designed to work. The man that's idle will wither away and come to ruin. Sloth and laziness is the alternative to a working man.  This is God's design that we work and keep His work.

The judgment will be an assessment of the works which man has done. "What did you do with what I gave to you?" will be the question each soul is called to answer at the last day.

GOD WORKS AND SO WE WORK

"But He answered them, 'My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.'" Jn 5:17. We mustn't think that God has been idle since completing the creation in six days. God rested from the creation, but He works still. And Christ Jesus our example came to do the Father's will, Heb 10:7,9.  It was the works which Jesus completed in His earthly ministry which glorified the Father. "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do." Jn 17:4. If we are like Christ, we too will live holy and sanctified lives that gives God glory. The meaning of Jesus' words, "in the world, but not of the world" is that the Christian life is characterized by doing God's works.

GOD'S PLAN TO REDEEM IS ALSO THE PLAN TO MAKE WORKERS OF WHAT IS GOOD

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Eph 2:10

"12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." Philippians 2:12,13

"who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds." Tit 2:14.  Until the Christian prays and makes his daily life to be a life of service to the zealous service unto God, he has not yet become what Christ died for.

SPIRITUAL WORK COMES WITH ETERNAL REWARD

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." Gal 6:9

"For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints." Heb 6:10

"And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Heb 13:16

"But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good." 2 Thess 3:13

Work that is noble is a joy to do. The work which our hands do should always be motivated by the reward it brings. A man that thinks and creates and then enjoins his body to bring that to fruition is a pleasurable thing. A farmer enjoys the green and lush field. The farmer enjoys the fruit bursting on the stalks. The filled barns is a cause of joy. A builder enjoys erecting something that is useful and appealing to the eye. Work is enjoyable because it is in this that man is like God. God is the Maker and man is making all the time.

But there is work that is particularly related to eternal things.  Most all work is noble and to be enjoyed. Water for the thirsty can be water you offer for the cause of Christ. Visiting the sick can be a  work for Christ (read Mt 25:34ff). A minister of the Gospel preaches and teaches which results in souls being converted to walking with Christ.  Another soul is added to the roles of heaven with the work of ministry. Not everyone is an Evangelist (Eph 4:11ff), but every Christian should share the Word of God and have a part of the work that is eternal in nature.

OUR WORKS CAN DENY CHRIST

"They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed."  Tit 1:16.  The Christian life isn't only in believing and professing faith, but the Christian life is lived. Until our works are God's works, we remain useless to the cause of Christ.

LEARN TO DO GOOD WORKS

As God works still, and as Christ still works, every ready to help us in intercession, so God's people must learn to do good works.

"This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men." Tit 3:8

"Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful." Tit 3:14.

DO THE WORK YOU DO TO THE GLORY OF GOD

We recall that many are manpleasers. They do what they do to be seen of men, to which Jesus says, "they have received their reward in full." Mt 6:5.

The spiritual thinking man does His works unto the glory of God. When Jesus said "you are the light of the world" and "you are salt", He said to the disciples to "let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Mt 5:12-14.

In the reminder of the coming Judgement in Matthew 25:31ff, Jesus says to the sheep who did good works that "you did it to Me." Mt 25:40.

Christians do all they do to the glory of God if they are spiritual minded.

Christians do good works because, "with such sacrifices God is well pleased."  Heb 13:16.

BEGIN SMALL IF YOU CANNOT BEGIN LARGE
Some Christians feel overwhelmed by the thought of living large in their Christianity. The idea of "converting a sinner from the error of His ways" is daunting and scary. But this is no excuse to not do something today. Even the one talent Christian was expected to work according to his own ability.  So if you assess that you are not a five talent Christian, at the least you have one talent and this from God. So do not bury what God has given to you. Give someone water today. Serve the down trodden. Even give a phone call and maybe see what your best friend is doing this Sunday. There is work for every child of God.  Start small and work your way up. God will be pleased with you if you act in faith.

CONSIDER THIS....

Today you life can be a life wasted or it can be a day redeemed for the Lord. We can seize the minutes to His glory (see my previous post from Ephesians 5:16 and "redeeming the time"),  Our day can be just more flittered away time; wasted away doing things meaningless in the big scheme of things. Or our lives we live with family, in church, at work, can all be lived to God's glory. God truly cares about the works we do today.

Humbly I offer this, Dan Mayfield

EVERY MAN HIS WORK, Mk 13:34

Think how many times Jesus speaks of the landowner and the vineyard, Mt 13:24ff; 20:1ff; 21:33ff

In Mark 13:34 it says a man went on a journey and put his slaves in charge giving each man his own work. It emphasizes that even the doorkeeper was charged to do his job and be alert.

The charge to work, made to every man, was enjoined with the reminder to be alert because of the landowner's return which is clearly speaking of Jesus and His return in the future.

Thus we conclude that until Christ returns, we all must be serving and being alert. We all have a work. There is no Christian who is without a duty in the vineyard of the Lord.

Woe to the slave that is found sleeping or distracted from "his work" God has given to him.

I have heard it often said that 90% of the Lord's work is done by 10% of the people. Well I don't know statistics, but I do know that 100% of Christians are to be about the work. And there won't be any excuses on judgment day if God's work is neglected.

Jesus said in John 17 that He glorified the Father because He completed the work given to Him. Then after Jesus says He is leaving the world, He says that the disciples are to remain in the world that they might also glorify the Father. How are they to glorify the Father except by doing the work God has given to them. This chapter is famous for showing disciples are "in the world, but are not of the world." God wants the Christian family to be doing the works that glorify the Father in heaven. And every disciple must be about this work.

Ask yourself if today will be a day that you do God's work. The works a man does may be segregated into two parts: noble and ignoble. "Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work." 2 Tim 2:20,21

The point is that we can fill our lives with ignoble things that don't amount to a cent in heaven. And God has ordained that we all have a task to do which is of heavenly significance. And the labors we do mustn't be the "wood, hay, and stubble" which don't stand the fiery test of judgment day.

Today we should pray with others and bring them into God's presence. Today we should read and meditate on God's Word and commit Scriptures to memory. Today we should invite someone to study about Jesus and encourage someone to join you in worshiping God this next Lord's Day (Yes, it is the Lord's Day and we ought to start treating it like it is His day!).

Until we get serious about the work of God, all of us, the great mission of spreading the Gospel will be left undone. And what will Christ Jesus say to us on the judgment day?

Said in love, Dan Mayfield

IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME

"in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men" - Mt 15:9
When we stand before God there won't be the sensual dancing. When we stand before God there won't be the laughing and lightness. When we stand in the presence of God, there won't be entertainment. When we stand before God, it will be with reverent awe. When we stand before God, it will be in trembling and fear. Look at all the instances of Daniel, John, Isaiah, and other greats who saw the glory of God! They shook and trembled and fell on their faces. Today, the false religions have taken up the name of Christ but they have corrupted the message. The false religions today have remade Christ into their image. So many churches have lost the sense of holiness. They have no fear and trembling of God, Heb. 12:28,29. They are as superficial as the Pharisees and Priests who gloried in outward pomp but have no reverence for God. They don't reverence God's word because they speak presumptuously and say they can do whatever they want "because God didn't say I couldn't." And with their foolish justification to stroke their own fleshly senses, they lead many astray.

So many churches have preachers who won't preach the truth because it wouldn't be popular. God is going to judge them. They won't speak about sin and demand repentance because talking about love and feeling good appeals to more people. But in the presence of God, they will be called to account for their false and superficial preaching. They will account for how they have corrupted the worship of God. The dress is the best. The smoothness of speech is the best. The furniture and windows are the best. The music is the best. But it is all selected not for pleasing God, but for pleasing the eyes and ears of men. These are judged. In the presence of God, only then, will they know how they should have revered God.

O Lord, prepare me for that day. I don't want to have any blindness in me. I want to know your will. I want from my soul to approach you with reverence. I don't want to be the fool who rushes foolishly into your presence, making foolish vows in your presence. I come silently and wait for you because I revere you, O God! As we all will bow before you some day in reverence, so should we all bow in reverence today.

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