Ruined his mother’s day…

“The powerful preaching of Jesus is piercing precisely because everything He says is not only true, but comes from a heart of love. Jesus first of all, loves His Father in heaven and would never compromise the message that sinners must be delivered or be damned. That is the reason Jesus came to earth—to save sinners. It’s true. Jesus loved you and me too much to not speak plainly of our greatest problem (sin and the wrath of God) and the glorious solution (the good news of the gospel).

I recently watched a clip of a missionary named Paul Washer who tells the story of how a doctor ruined his mother’s day by telling her she had cancer. The news ruined her whole weekend and made her cry. But, obviously, the doctor was doing the most compassionate thing he could by telling her the truth and offering her an opportunity to do something about her problem before it was too late. If the doctor had avoided the dreadful subject of cancer, he would have acted immorally, unethically, and should have had his license taken away. Likewise, Washer states, there are many pastors today who need to have their licenses taken away due to their lack of courage to speak of that which is most vital to the sinner—his need to recognize his own sin, turn from that sin (along with its eternal penalty) and turn to the Savior, resulting in pardon, peace, and paradise. I agree with Paul Washer and pray that God gives me courage to speak the truth in love like Jesus did.” Kirk Cameron 

Ephesians 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head- Christ

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Fish will not be fishers.

“We cannot be fishers of men if we remain among the men in the same element with them. Fish will not be fishers. The sinner will not convert the sinner. The ungodly man will not convert the ungodly man. What is more to the point, the worldly Christian will not convert the world. If you are of the world, no doubt the world will love its own, but you cannot save the world. If you are dark and belong to the kingdom of darkness, you cannot remove the darkness. If you march with the armies of the wicked one, you cannot defeat them. I believe that one reason why the Church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.” Charles Spurgeon 

Luke 5:10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid.From now on you will catch men.

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Today, seek and save that which is lost.

God created you for this particular time in history. You weren’t born in the Dark Ages, or in the 18th century. Your time is at hand. Today, seek and save that which is lost. Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Hand out a tract. Ask God for a divine encounter—a woman at the well (see John 4), someone He has prepared to receive the Word. You were born for such a time as this.

Esther 4:14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your fathers house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

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Making mud pies.

The Christian’s works follow him. God doesn’t forget your labor of love and work of faith, and He will reward you.

“The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself. We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire.

“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C. S. Lewis 

Ruth 2:12 The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.

 

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God provided a lamb.

God commanded Abraham to do something that He had previously forbidden: sacrifice a human being. The location of this human sacrifice would be on a mountain of God’s choosing. While Abraham and his soon-to-be-sacrificed son, Isaac, were walking, Isaac noticed that they did not have a lamb for a sacrifice (v. 7). And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (v. 8).

We know that God stopped Abraham from sacrificing his only son on a mountain in the land of Moriah. But did God ever provide a lamb for the sacrifice? Approximately 2,000 years later, God sacrificed His only beloved Son, Jesus Christ, on a mountain in the land of Moriah (present-day Jerusalem).

(By Todd Friel Adapted from Don’t Stub Your Toe.) 

Genesis 22:2 Then He said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.

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Does God have a body?

Gen. 3:8 describes Him walking in the garden, yet the Bible says that “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). It is true that God is Spirit and that “A spirit does not have flesh and bones” (Luke 24:39). The reference to God “walking” is what is known as “anthropomorphism.” This is common in Scripture and attributes the characteristics of man to God, using words like “face” and “hand” to describe Him. For example, when the Bible says that “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3), it doesn’t mean God has physical eyes that are everywhere. It simply means God is omniscient; He sees everything.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

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Fig leaves.

The “nakedness” in Gen. 3:7 is not the same as that mentioned in 2:25, where the husband and wife were naked but had nothing of which to be ashamed. As a consequence of sinning against God, they lost their covering of righteousness—their right standing before God, which they had at creation. God therefore had to provide a covering for them (see Isa. 61:10; Zech. 3:3,4; Rev. 3:18).

“The fig leaves used by Adam and Eve are called aprons, which cover only a part of the body and are not sufficient for a complete covering. The fig leaf is soft like velvet, and, under the heat of the sun, shrinks to about a quarter the size. These leaves are a type of self-righteousness. After Adam and Eve made the aprons they still hid themselves from God because they knew they were still naked in His sight. No amount of self-righteousness, or religion, or church attendance, or donations to worthy causes, or religious acts…is sufficient to hide the sins of the heart from God’s sight.” Walter Wilson

It is the light and heat of the Law of God that withers self-righteousness and exposes the shame of our sin.

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

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