Gods Justice

“God’s justice stands forever against the sinner in utter severity. The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws everyday nearer and the command to repent goes un regarded. As responsible moral beings, we dare not so trifle with our eternal future.”
A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Advertisements

What Really Matters?

What Really Matters?

James 4:14

“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Picture this for a minute; imagine that all that you are living for at this time­- a good job, a career, a house payment, a marriage, a promotion, fame, fortune, entertainment, health, financial or worldly security, retirement, and any other agenda in this world are stripped away from you this very moment. Imagine that the economy crashes and the prices for living become astronomical over night. Think of what it would be like when people become starving, and start to loot and riot, rape and pillage, doing home invasions because they are desperate. Imagine if the safe life that you have always known is suddenly pulled out from under you and you are left in chaos. What then? What do you do to live? What do you rely on then?

Scripture tells us that this present world is passing away, that it is corroding along with those who trust in it (1 John 2:17). If we build our lives upon this world, trusting the uncertain riches of our bank account or any other thing in this life, we are like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The house might be beautiful indeed, but the foundation is shifting and unstable, and as soon as the storm comes, that house will collapse. So will those who trust in this life when their world is turned upside down. Everything that they ever trusted will be completely destroyed and they will lay there utterly hopeless (Matthew 7:24- 27).

This is why Jesus, the Son of Man came, to teach us about the path of life (John 8:12). He instructed us to forsake our trust in this failing world and to trust wholly upon His words (Matthew 6:24); for man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Luke 4:4). Wise is the person who hears Jesus voice and obeys it. He will be like a man who built his house upon a solid rock; when the storms come and pound upon that house, it will stand firm, because it is founded on something immovable. Nothing in heaven or hell, in time or eternity can change God’s word. It is a ROCK.

 When your heart safely trusts in what the Creator of all says, it will not matter whether danger nor famine comes, you will not be moved. You will say with the apostle Paul, “I know how to be abased and I know how to abound.” “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content,“ “for I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11- 13). Whether we live in safety and satisfaction or danger and chaos, let us trust in the unseen God alone, for He is your life and the length of your days (Deuteronomy 30:20). If He can feed the birds of the air, how much more will He not feed you? (Luke 12:24)

Please learn this lesson now, before it is forced upon you by circumstance, for you do not know what tomorrow holds. It could be your last day. Our nation could crumble, judgment could come. People would not believe that the United States could fall; I’m sure those in Europe thought similar thoughts before Hitler rose to power; I’m sure Roman citizens felt they would never be moved from glory, until Rome fell. I’m sure those in Romania felt secure until the communists came in and took over their government, horrifically torturing believers and oppressing the people.

 My friends, don’t trust your circumstances, trust God! You are not in control of your life and you never have been. Your life is only a vapor, it’s here one day and then it’s gone. The one thing you have control over are your choices today, so chose to follow Jesus with all that you are. Rely on Him, seek Him for everything! He will be with you through Hell and back, and will be your closest Ally, if you will obey Him (John 15:14). He will be with you when no one else can; He will never leave you nor forsake you, if you are His (Hebrews 13:5).

Whether you are slave or free, rich or poor, happy or sad, foolish or wise, please, please let go of the world and cling to Jesus Christ. He alone can save you, He alone can give you life… real life (John 3:36; John 10:10).

Love Jonathan Ball 

Intolerance

In-tolerance

Matthew 10:34

“Do not think I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

Inline image 1

There is a wave of influence in the world today which is not a new spirit but is as old as the Tower of Babel. In Genesis 11, all men spoke the same language, and they as one unit planned on making a name for themselves. The problem is that they didn’t want their Creator in the picture, but in pride, they wanted to be the god of the universe. This will always happen until sin is done away with and God makes all things new.

The word “tolerance” means to accept the differing views of other people in religious or political matters. While Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, He in no way told us to live in peace with their wrong views. On the contrary, Jesus tells us He did not come to bring peace but a sword. The truth will inevitably produce controversy, even as light conflicts with darkness.

God will in no way tolerate sin. He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). There is not even a shadow of turning in Him. Jesus said He is the Truth (John 14:6), and that truth will stand forever. Scripture says that the LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, that He does forgive iniquity and transgression, but He “by no means” clears the guilty (Numbers 14:18). God is merciful enough to send His only Son to be crucified in our place, but outside of Christ there is NO place of forgiveness. For those who reject Jesus and continue in sin, God will not tolerate it, nor should He.

Many in the “Church” world today have given into this spirit of tolerance; preachers and denominations are surrendering the truth so they may please sinful man, instead of pleasing God. It grieves my heart so much, even though Scripture warned that these times would come. The Presbyterian denomination just removed the song “In Christ alone” out of their hymnal simply because it says, “on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.” They even asked the song writers to change the verse to “on that cross as Jesus died, the love of God was magnified”, and the writers refused, saying they wrote the song to present the whole gospel. That’s alarming to me, that these people want to replace the word wrath with love. I’m sorry, but it’s God’s word, and He says He that we are saved from wrath through Jesus (Romans 5:9, John 3:36). (If God didn’t have righteous anger towards wickedness, then He would be unjust and unholy). I have also seen multiple Churches in Hollywood (united Methodist being one of them) that have signs declaring that they support equality for all (supporting homosexuals).

Now we are commanded to love all people, but not to align ourselves with them. Scripture says to come out from among them and be separate, and do not touch what is unclean, and the LORD would receive us and make us His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:14- 18). For what communion does light have with darkness and what fellowship does righteousness with lawlessness? We must stay faithful to preach the whole truth of God, and teach others of God’s perfect character: His love, His holiness, His righteousness, His justice, His judgment, His mercy, His grace, His goodness and His severity.

In failing to do so we are not only “not loving” enough to warn people of the truth, but also there awaits a heavier judgment, for Jesus said it would be better to tie a millstone around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble (Matthew 18:6). Teachers who mislead the flock will have to face the wrath of God for all the people they led to destruction. That is why we are told that teachers will receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

Therefore the conclusion of the matter is to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And because we love God we will be faithful to declare all that He has said to others. And because we love others, we will tell them the truth in humility, with a gentle spirit, so that God might perhaps grant them repentance and that they might come to know the truth, turn from their sin and be delivered from death (2 Timothy 2:24- 26).

Please study the word of God daily to see whether these things are so.

Someone who loves each of you,

 Jonathan Ball

Right in Your Own Eyes

Proverbs 21:2 

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts.”

Consider the way dogs cross the road. A dog will wander onto a freeway oblivious to the danger. His tail wags as he steps between cars without a second thought. Cars swerve. Tires squeal. The noise is deafening as vehicles smash into each other. The sleepy dog stops wagging his tail for a moment and looks at the pile of smoldering, broken autos on the freeway. His expression betrays his thoughts. His bone-burying brain doesn’t realize for one moment that he is responsible for the disaster. 

When man wanders onto the freeway of sin, his tail wags with delight. He thinks that this is what he was made for. His thoughts of any repercussions for his actions are shallow. His mind wanders into lust, then predictably he wanders onto the path of adultery. Suddenly a disaster sits before him. His marriage is shattered, his name is slurred, his children are twisted and scarred. But like the dumb dog, he doesn’t realize for one moment that he is solely responsible for his sin.”

Ray Comfort

I was like that dumb dog years ago. I was very sinful, and lived a criminal. I kept finding my self in jail, programs, broken and hurt, all the while I was blaming the police, the judges, the law and my parents for my plight. My actions had been justified in my own eyes, as horrible as they were, all until God broke into my life one day in a jail cell. He spoke to my heart and told me to surrender my life of sin. So I finally quit running from Him and surrendered. That is when He gave me new eyes to see, and I realized that it was my own ways that were destroying my life. Jesus changed my heart and gave me life. I now love the law and the police, and my parents. Above all I love God, who is rich in mercy to all who will humbly call upon His name. 

Jonathan Ball

crucified with Christ

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me”

If you are a genuine Christian then your life is no longer your own, but is Christs. Your will is now His will, your desires are now His desires, the things He loves you love and the things He hates you hate. For you were bought at a price, your life was redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. If you still live for your own agenda then you do not belong to Christ.