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“You Said” - Truth for Life - April 18, 2014

I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea... (Genesis 32:12). The attribute of God's faithfulness is splendid.

  April 18 “You Said” Genesis 32:12 When Jacob was on the other side of the brook Jabbok, and Esau was coming with armed men, Jacob earnestly sought God's protection, and the ground of his appeal was this: "But you said, I will surely do you good." What force is in that plea! He was holding God to His word—"You said." The attribute of God's faithfulness is a splendid horn of the altar to lay hold upon; but the promise, which contains the attribute and something more, is mightier still—"You said, I will surely do you good." Would He say it and then not do it? "Let God be true though everyone were a liar."1 Will He not be true? Will He not keep His word? Will not every word that comes out of His lips stand fast and be fulfilled? Solomon, at the opening of the temple, used this same mighty plea. He pleaded with God to remember the word that He had spoken to his father David and to bless that place. When a man gives a promissory note, his honor is engaged; he signs his name, and he must honor it when the due time comes or else he loses credit. It shall never be said that God dishonors His bills. The credit of the Most High was never impeached, and never shall be. He is punctual to the second: He is never before His time, but He is never behind it. Search God's Word through, and compare it ... read more

What is the Purpose of a Compass? - The Four Spiritual Secrets - April 17, 2014

… the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32). The purpose of a compass is to give us knowledge about where we are when lost.

What is the Purpose of a Compass? “…  the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” - (Acts 5:32) The purpose of a compass is not just to give us knowledge about where we are when we are lost but to also guide us into the way we need to go. If you think about it – a compass is worthless if we do not comply with what our compass shows us. In the Gospels Jesus introduces the apostles to the Holy Spirit. He tells them the Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth. He calls the Holy Spirit the “Paraclete.” This word means: “One who comes along side us and attaches Himself to us for the purpose of assisting us.” Jesus tells them that if they will love Him and keep His commandments He will ask the Father to give them the Holy Spirit (John 14: 15, 16). So many believers miss this. The operative word when it comes to implementing salvation is “believe.” But the operative word when it comes to knowing God through the Holy Spirit is “obey.” In profound simplicity the hymn writer expressed it this way: “But we never can prove the delights of His love until all on the altar we lay. For the favor He shows and the joy He bestows are for them who will trust and obey. Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” Jesus ... read more

Who Does God Help? - Experiencing LIFE Today - April 16, 2014

For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13). If you've been around Christians, you've probably heard a very popular motto.

“The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God.” —William Bernard Ullanthorne (1806-1889)   If you’ve been around Christians much, you’ve probably heard us mock a very popular motto: “God helps those who help themselves.” Yeah, we make fun of it; I mean, it’s not even a Bible verse. Not only is it non-biblical, it is contra-biblical—the exact opposite of what Scripture teaches. So we laugh at it... and then turn around and live by it.   Be honest, now. Doesn’t something deep down inside you feel that God is more likely to help you, love you, accept you, and deliver you if you are trying your hardest? Don’t you fear that He is likely to leave you stranded and alone if you haven’t done your best? … or am I the only one?!   Listen, I believe that we are destined to be doers of God’s Word. We were created to be our part in the Body that is living in grace and sharing His grace with the world (see Romans 10:13-15 for how this works). God’s involvement is a given.   For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and selfdiscipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a ... read more