Believers Out of Fellowship

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THE SIN WE SPARE IS THE SIN THAT WILL BECOME OUR MASTER.

A Japanese evangelist once illustrated a message by spinning tops on the platform. He said, “Ministers have to spend so much time spinning up wobbly Christians,

they can’t get time to win the lost.”

THREE KINDS OF BACKSLIDERS

  1. 1. DISOBEDIENT BELIEVERSAbraham in Egypt Genesis 12: 10-“There was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there.” We are most apt to be tested just after seasons of great blessing. It is no sign we are in the wrong place just because famine comes.

Better to suffer in God’s will than take things in your own bands and get into endless complications. See what happened to Abram and Sara until God intervened and got them out of Egypt.      I                                            //’

  1. DELUDED BELIEVERS-Lot in Sodom Genesis 13: 10-11-A man seeking material things, gets spiritual blight. THREE STEPS DOWN: (a) pitched tent toward Sodom (13: 12 )-watch out for first leanings toward the world; (b) dwelt in Sodom (14: 12)-trying to make the most of both worlds won’t work; (c) sat in the gate (19: 1 )-He had gotten on in the world.

Not to be OUT-AND-OUT is to be down-and-out. Lot’s testimony gone, he was mocked (19: 14). God had to drive him out by the sorrows of earth. So it is with deluded Christians.

  1. 3. DISGRUNTLED BELIEVERSPeter by the Fire Luke 22:55-57. Peter’s feelings were hurt when Jesus restored the ear he cut off (Luke 22:50-51; John 18:10).
    Now he warms at the enemy’s fire, after having followed afar off. BUT Peter was upheld by Jesus’ prayer (Luke 22:32). See him later at another fire (John 21: 9) .

Are YOU out of place?

Go back to the point where you took the DETOUR (1 John 1 :9; Psalm 51: 12).


The Resource of the Christian

Muscle strength

THE CALL OF GOD TO ANY PIECE OF WORK IS THE GUARANTEE THAT HE WILL BE THE RESOURCE OF ALL NEEDED

STRENGTH.
Isaiah 40: 31-“They that WAIT UPON the LORD shall

renew [lit., exchange] their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,

and not faint.”

The KEY is in the word translated WAIT.” The original word means ” to bind or twist”-as rope is made by intertwiningso meaning “to be closely bound up with

the Lord.”
This is

something more than just attending meetings or saying prayers. Do we really CLING

unto the Lord?

HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

  1. 1. RISING“mount up.” Spiritual UPLIFTING causes the Christian to be not content anymore with the LOW LEVELS. He can now soar above the trials and burdens of life, as eagles built for swift flight in the higher altitudes.
  2. RUNNING“run and not be weary.” Life is not all spiritual exhilaration. There’s a strenuous race to be run in everyday life (1 Corinthians 9:24-26).

The RACE of life brings weariness, but CLINGING to the Lord brings an exchange Our weakness for heavenly
power (Philippians 4: 13 ) .

  1. ROUTINE-“they shall WALK and not faint.” Walking lacks the exhilaration of the race course. The soldier in his MARCHING often faints. The humdrum tasks of life sap one’s strength.
BUT, through

prayer “in everything” (Philippians 4: 6-7), we find ourselves made adequate.

DO WE KNOW that

supernatural power that enables us for (1) spiritual RISING, (2) strenuous RUNNING,

( 3) steady ROUTINE?
Psalm 27:

14-“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: WAIT, I SAY, ON

THE LORD.”


The Lost Bible

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“IS THERE ANYONE HERE WHO HAS LOST A BIBLE? ARE YOU SURE?

Read the story of 2 Chronicles 34: 14-32.

THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO LOSE A BIBLE.

AN UNREAD Bible is a LOST Bible. One may have a Bible

in plain sight, yet it is lost

to him. Satan can’t do his work where the Bible has its proper place.

The Bible is a MIRROR to reveal hearts (James 1:23-25).

It is MILK to nourish the soul (1 Peter 2: 2).

It is a MOLD of character (Romans 6: 17-word rendered “form” means “mold”). HOW ESSENTIAL ARE THESE THINGS!

HOW DO PEOPLE LOSE THEIR BIBLES?

  1. 1. DISREGARDING IT. Satan has no end of devices for drawing attention to everything else. Patrick Henry, dying: “My greatest regret is that I never could find time to read my Bible. Now it is too late.”
    Moody: “I never yet saw a useful Christian who’ was NOT a student of the Bible.”

Are YOU reading other books to the neglect of the ONE BOOK? The number of words in the Sunday Newspaper is usually more than the total number in the Bible.

  1. DISOBEYING IT. Israel (2 Chronicles 34) drifted into worldly ways and lost taste for spiritual things. Either the Bible keeps one from sin, or sin keeps one from the Bible.

The Bible becomes distasteful when sin is loved (John 3 :19). Man’s real quarrel with the Bible is because he DOES NOT WANT to obey it.

  1. DISTORTING IT. The Bible is lost to many today because of the tamperings of men with it, as they try to adapt it to shifting theories.

A little girl listened to a modernist preacher. Later she asked her mother, “Mother, was he FOR God or AGAINST HIM?”

HOW TO FIND A LOST BIBLE?

Meditate prayerfully upon it! Psalm 1:2-3; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:11;

Job 23: 12.


What Happens to a Backslider?

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THE CHRISTIAN WHO HARBORS SECRET SIN IN HIS LIFE IS LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.
1 John 1:8-9-“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
When a TRUE CHRISTIAN sins, WHAT HAPPENS?
1. His FELLOWSHIP with God is severed. David, when backslidden, mourned, “Day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer” (Psalm 32: 4) .
As CLOUDS hide the sun for days, so SIN comes between the soul and God.
2. The JOY of salvation is lost. One loses all relish for spiritual things: the heart is empty. David, in this condition, confessed, “My sin is ever before me” and “Restore unto’ me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit” (Psalm 51: 3, 12).
3. Power for service is lost. The Holy Spirit’s power is ESSENTIAL for any real witness for Christ. It cannot be FAKED. David prayed, “Thou desirest truth in the inward parts” and “Create in me a clean heart, 0 God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51: 6, 10).
4. The Christian invites divine chastisement. Hebrews 12: 6-7-“Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. . . . What son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” Psalm 89:32-33- “I will visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless, my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.”
5. There is loss of reward. (Read 1 Corinthians 3: 11-15.) Out of FELLOWSHIP means out of SERVICE-
out of service means that one is failing to lay up treasures in heaven. He is building of “wood, hay and stubble” which cannot endure the test of the rewarding day (1 Corinthians 3: 12-15 ). Many will be chagrined in that day by suffering LOSS of REWARD.
TAKE THE WAY BACK NOW. Psalm 32:5; 1 John 1:9.


Who Is the Christian?

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MORAL LIFE MAY BE LONG TO ANY MAN, BUT SPIRITUAL AND ETERNAL LIFE BELONG ONLY TO THOSE WHO TAKE GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION.

There is no salvation unless

GOD HIMSELF has laid down the terms of it. What says His divine Word?
  1. 1. A CHRISTIAN is one saved by the GRACE of God. Ephesians 2: 8-9-“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Titus 3: 5-“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
  2. L. Moody, the great evangelist, ran after a man, saying, “Do you know GRACE?” “Grace WHO?” the man inquired. “The Grace of God that saves our souls!” Moody answered, as he told him of the plan of salvation.
  3. A CHRISTIAN is one redeemed by the BLOOD of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5: 19-“God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.” 1 Peter 1: 19-We are redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” Isaiah 5 3 : 5 -6-“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. . . . The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us
    all.”

This was God’s provision for meeting the SIN problem and taking from man’s heart the burden of condemnation. He that believeth on [the Son} is NOT condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already” (John 3: 18) .

  1. A CHRISTIAN is one sealed by the Spirit. Ephesians 1: 13-14-“ln whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” The Christian is SECURED by the stamp of the Holy Spirit until the resurrection day-Romans 8: 22-23. SOUGHT by the Father- SAVED by the blood of the Son-SEALED by the Spirit.


Three Great Musts of Salvation

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THERE IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF AND GETTING A NEW LIFE.

The basic message of the New Testament is that human reformation will not take a soul to heaven: there must be a recognition of the divine redemption. I would call your attention to three

great “MUSTS.”

 

  1. 1. MUST OF REDEMPTION. Matthew 16:21-“From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he MUST go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”

Jesus came not simply to PREACH but that there might BE A GOSPEL TO PREACH-salvation through divine ATONEMENT for sin. (Read 1 Peter 1:18-19).

We are SOLD under SIN (Romans 7: 14). The Redeemer had to bear the curse of sin for us (Galatians 3: 13).

 

  1. 2. MUST OF REGENERATION. John 3:7-“Marvel not that I said unto you, YE MUST be born again.

IF this is God’s ordained way to salvation–as all Scripture shows-then WE MUST seek this experience. The TERMS are given in John 1: 12-13: “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that BELIEVE ON }:lIS NAME: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD.”

 

  1. MUST OF PERSONAL RECEPTION. John 3:14-15-“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so MUST the Son of man be lifted up: that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
REJECTING

means just one thing: John 3: 18-“He that believeth NOT is condemned already, because he hath NOT believed in the name of the only begotten Son”
(John 3: 18) and “He that BELIEVETH NOT the Son shall NOT see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”

(v. 36).

TO BE LOST, all one has to do is to DISREGARD these three MUSTS.



The Logical Necessity of Salvation

Must

NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE TO INSTITIJTE A LAW SUIT TO COLLECT THE WAGES OF SIN.

Christians are absolutely CERTAIN that apart from Christ

there is no salvation: “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we MUST be saved” (Acts 4:12). Let us consider an ACROSTIC on the letters of this word, must.

M stands for the MANDATORY salvation provided by God.

Said Jesus, “Marvel not that I said unto you, ye MUST be born again” (John 3: 7). “I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by ME” (John 14:6). God has the right to make the terms of salvation. They MUST be regarded. Paul,

in Galatians 1: 11, states, “I certify you . . . that the gospel which was preached of me is NOT AFTER MAN.”
U stands for YOU-and all others-because, “ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans3: 23). “There is

none righteous, no, not one;’ (v. 10). They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”

(v. 12).
S stands for the SON of God, the only

SAVIOUR. He alone can provide a sufficient SACRIFICE. John 20:31-“These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” John 3: 36-“He that belieuetb on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;

but the wrath of God abideth on him” (also 1 John 5: 11-13).
T stands for TODAY, which is the TIME. 2 Corinthians 6:2-“1 have heard thee in a TIME accepted: … now

is the accepted time,’

behold, NOW is the day of salvation.” Hebrews 3: 7 -8-“TO DAY if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” We have no lease on TOMORROW. Isaiah 55:6- “Seek ye the LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, call ye upon him WHILE HE IS NEAR.”

You cannot afford to trifle with God’s “MUST.”



Salvation in Three Tenses

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THE GOSPEL NOT ONLY SAVES FROM HELL BUT DELIVERS FROM THE THINGS THAT TAKE PEOPLE TO HELL.

SALVATION-the

great inclusive word of the gospel–covers all the redemptive processes.

  1. 1. We ARE saved through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ-His DEATH on the cross. This is the PAST TENSE of Salvation.
  2. 2. We are BEING KEPT saved through the power of His risen life at the throne. This is the PRESENT TENSE.
    We SHALL BE completely delivered into His very presence at death-and more fully when He comes in glory. This is the FUTURE TENSE.

Thus, we ARE saved, we are BEING saved, and we SHALL BE completely saved.

We talk of the finished work of Christ (John 17 :4; but, ALL the work of Christ is ESSENTIAL in order to bring us, in glorified BODIES and fully rewarded, into the final heavenly state.

The Scriptures clearly indicate the three tenses of our salvation experience:

 

  1. 1. “Christ HATH redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Galatians 3: 13 ). “By grace ye ARE saved” (Ephesians 2: 8 ). “Thy faith HATH saved thee” (Luke 7: 50). “By him all that believe ARE justified from all things” (Acts 13:39). Salvation Experienced.

 

  1. “If, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the DEATH of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we SHALL BE [kept} saved by his LIFE” (Romans 5: 10). “He is able also to save them TO THE UTTERMOST [limit of time} that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7: 25). LOOKING unto Jesus (Hebrews 12: 1-2) we are BEING SANCTIFIED (set apart unto Him more and more). Salvation Progressing.

 

  1. “Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13: 11 ) . We “are kept by the power of God through faith . . . ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1: 5). “Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews
    9: 28) . This includes the body (Philippians 3: 20-21) .Salvation Consummated.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME.



Law of the Harvest

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LITTLE SINS ARE THE PIONEERS OF HELL.

Galatians 6: 7 -8- “Be not deceived;

God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth tohis flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth tothe Spirit

shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

NOTE the TWO important facts about a HARVEST:
( 1) there is a law of QUALITY-“whatsoever”-like begets like; and (2) there is a law of QUANTITY-seed produces a CROP, in some instances a tremendous increase.

Causes and effects are vitally linked.

These laws apply in the SPIRITUAL REALM as well as in the natural.

 

  1. 1. WHAT are you sowing? If to the FLESH, you will reap TWO kinds of corruption: (a ) INWARD depravity and (b ) OUTWARD wickedness.

“Sow a thought-reap a word. Sow a wor~-reap an act. Sow an act-reap a habit. Sow a habit-reap a character. Sow a character-reap a DESTINY.”          I

This is as certain as the fact that the seed you plant will produce “after its kind.” WHAT ARE YOU LIVING FOR?

 

 

  1. WHAT of the harvest time? How much will you reap?

The creeping plume thistle multiplies so fast that, if all seeds were productive, the second crop would nearly cover the earth.

The eggs of a Gypsy moth, blown from a college professor’s window, developed into adult moths which ravaged New England’s trees. It has cost many thousands of dollars to fight them.

SIN sets in motion a train of causes leading to increasingly disastrous effects.

Who knows what the harvest of one sin may be?

God’s laws of the harvest

CANNOT be mocked.


ABC’s of Life

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 IF YOU COULD HAVE MERITED YOUR SALVATION, IT WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN NECESSARY FOR JESUS TO DIE.

“ALL have sinned,

and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“BEHOLD the LAMB

OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1: 29 ) .

“COME unto me,

all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11: 28) .

The Bible ABC’s

show us that (1) in ourselves we are RUINED; (2) in Christ we are REDEEMED; and (3) when we RECEIVE Christ, we are SAVED.
  1. A. SIN has ruined ALL. Isaiah 53:6-“ALL we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned EVERY ONE to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on HIM (Jesus] the iniquity of us ALL.”

The fact of SIN in our natures cannot be denied. We are “holden with the cords of [our] sins” (Proverbs 5 :22).
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51: 5 ) .

Consider the sins of a lifetime-in thought, act, and omission. Only by God’s provision can they be blotted out.

 

  1. CHRIST has redeemed ALL. Galatians 3: 13- “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.” 1 Peter 2: 24-He “bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” .

This is the ONLY ANSWER to the sin problem. The CROSS is the PLUS SIGN of our MINUS lives.

 

  1. C. FAITH saves ALL who receive Him. John 6:37- “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 1: 12-To “as many as receive him.” Isaiah 44: 22b-“Return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”
What does He say of those who RECEIVE? Isaiah 44:22a–“1 HAVE

blotted

out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions.”
What if TODAY

your

life should be cut off?



 

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