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April 28, 2015, 6:22 AM

Our Faith is in Jesus


Hebrews 11 provides a chronicle of the heroes of faith from the Old Testament.  It ends with “and these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

Hebrews 12:11-3 says “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside very weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run the patience the race that is set before, Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endure the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lets ye be wearied and faint in your minds”.

Both the Old and New Testament point to Christ.  In 2 Peter 1:3 it tells us that he has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, though the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”.    I believe these scriptures tell us he has given everything we need, but it is up to us individually to lay aside every weight.  We sometimes sing a song, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name, On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”.  It goes on to say “when all around my soul give way, he then is all my hope and stay”.  I’m thankful Jesus is that  rock and anchor to the soul.

Bro. David Cosby




April 21, 2015, 8:00 AM

Jesus is my Intercessor


We sometimes sing “I’ve Just Heard from Heaven”.  The lyrics tell a testimony that “Once I wondered out in sin, far from God Away, but the Savior took me in, gave me peace that day, All my heart to him I’ve given, no more sin allowed, I’ve just heard from heaven and its all right now.”   The chorus shares a personal experience;  “I’ve just heard from heaven and this one thing I know, my sins are all forgiven, he washed me white as snow, the load that once I carried, he took away some how, I’ve just heard from heaven and its all right now”.  With the song having shared the testimony of having been Sanctified, the next couple verses deal with the realities of life that will eventually bring to try our faith. “Trials come to you, burdens hard to bear, but our heartache grief and pain, he will gladly bear”.  There is a line had has been burning in my mind:  “He’s my intercessor there, so at his feet I bow, I’ve just heard from heaven and it’s all right now”.

While there is joy in going this Sanctified way and it gets sweeter every day, trials and disappointments will come; we are all travelers to eternity.  When I face those trials, do I realize the intercessor I have with God, the creator of the ends of the earth? 

We have an advocate with the Father (I John 2:1), that was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb 4:15)”.  So he understands the trials of life, in “all points”.

First John goes on to say “he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world”.  So it’s not a big leap of reasoning to say this advocate is all powerful.

He is also very merciful and remembers that we are but dust:  James 5:11 says “the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy”.  Even on the cross, while he who did no sin was dying to pay the price for our sins, he heard the humble request of the thief “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom”.  The thief had nothing to give Jesus (we don’t either), his death was certainly at most a few hours away, and he could certainly not preach, teach or do good deeds nailed to a cross.  It was entirely mercy when Jesus told him “to day shalt thou be with me in paradise”.  Remember Jesus saying “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”?

With an advocate that loves us that much, with that much mercy, and that much power, can’t I trust him not only to Sanctify, but to guide and guard through the trials of life?  No matter the situation, if I’ve submitted to will of his Spirit within my heart, I’ve just heard from heaven and it’s all right now.

Bro. David Cosby




April 14, 2015, 10:23 AM

There is a Spiritual Dimension


Have you given much thought to how the Apostles felt during the period of Jesus’ crucifixion?  Through their human eyes, with emotions at their highest level, the crucifixion had to be scary and very confusing.  The Jews so wanted deliverance from the Roman occupation and his disciples thought Jesus would provide that deliverance. They had left all to follow Jesus and had assumed he would set up a physical kingdom.  In spite of everything He told them, the human eye saw some encouragement to that physical kingdom, as he rode into Jerusalem as a king with the crowds praising him and spreading palm leaves.  They had seen all the miracles and knew His power; he had just days before reattached the high priest’s servant ear.  Why wouldn’t he deliver himself and those he loved from this seemingly total destruction of everything that was important? 

As the world they knew was ending, their faith was lacking.  He had told them that he would be resurrected, but when they received reports that he is risen, they thought they were receiving “idle tales”.  Even with the earthquake and the darkening of the sun, they didn’t see the dimension that is beyond physical sight.

In the spiritual realm there was always clarity.  Once Jesus said “nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done”, it was clear that every prophesy regarding Christ from the enmity between Satan and the woman (Genesis 3:15) would be fulfilled.  There was never any defeat, but our salvation was purchased by “Victory in Jesus, my Savior Forever, he sought me and he bought my by his redeeming blood”.  All the prophesies and the law had been a schoolmaster to bring us to the sacrifice and victory in Christ.   In Rev. 6.2 “and I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer.”  It goes on in 17:14 to say “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord and lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful”.

So in those times when life may seem confusing and overwhelming, help us to look through our spiritual eye and be “called, and chosen, and faithful”.  Much like Elisha prayed for his servant in II Kings 6:17 “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.   And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire”.

Bro. David Cosby



March 31, 2015, 12:28 PM

Easter


Sunday is the victorious conclusion of the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Recounting this event, the Apostle Luke wrote in the Book of Acts the following:

 
"And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.  But God raised him from the dead:"  Acts 13:28–30
 
Just as He had told His disciples earlier, Jesus had risen from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.   What hope we have today in the Holy Spirit.  The eternal God, that created the universe and raised Jesus from the dead, can be a part of our life and give us the power to live pleasing to God. This is the true miracle of Easter!
 
"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."  Romans 8:11
 
"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."  Ephesians 3:14–21
 
Bro. Steve Gray



March 23, 2015, 10:00 AM

Jesus Christ - Burden Bearer


As we approach the Easter Season, I am reminded of the special and truly unique burden that Christ carried all of His life.  This burden was the knowledge that one day He would bear the weight of all Sin and that He would give His life as a sacrifice for all of mankind by dying a cruel, shameful, and painful death.  We can only imagine how He felt as this knowledge was ever in His mind and heart. 

This week as you consider your own unique and special burdens, remember that you are not alone.  Jesus Christ completely understands your case and will help you.  He wants us to have faith to understand that His sacrifice has won victory for you!

Have a great week,

Bro. Mike Merritt


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