Do You Know Him??

Do You Know Him??

Psalms 146:1, 2

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

When you hear the name Jesus, how does it make you feel? Does it bring no joy to your heart whatsoever, or does it flood your soul with gratitude because He, the King of glory has saved you from your sins? Tonight I urge you to examine your own heart to see where you stand with God.

Now, we are not discussing religion this evening, for there are tens of millions of pious believers on the earth today, strictly following the rules of their gods, but they do not have eternal life. No, tonight we are talking about, “DO YOU KNOW GOD?!” Jesus Christ proclaimed that, “this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3).”

Jehovah does simply want us to follow a bunch of rules, but wants to have fellowship with us, and to give us the life that is in Him! He wants to become one with us in spirit and dwell with a holy people for all eternity. Every good gift has come from Him; oh, do you love Him tonight? Does His presence mean anything to you? Do songs of praise rise up in your heart when you meditate on His great mercy toward such sinners?

I inquire of you this evening to examine your own heart, and consider if you see any of these evidences in your own life to confirm that you know the Lord of glory. One of the greatest signs of a believer should be a humble gratitude towards Jesus Christ because they have realized the depth of their own wretchedness, and in turn have seen the abundance of grace that Jesus has given them at the cross. Anyone who can take the topic of Jesus as a light thing should strongly consider why. Your attitude towards the One who gave His life for you should be the same as it would towards someone who pushed you out of the way of a bus, losing their own life to save yours. You would not feel “whatever” towards that person.

Do you have a deep love for the brethren and desire to fellowship with those of kindred spirit, or would you rather mingle with the world? For “we know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren (1 John 3:14)”. When you hear of His wonders at work in the earth, like Muslims being converted through visions of Jesus, does your heart rejoice? Are you brought to tears at the testimony of His faithful martyrs? When you hear a Spirit filled message from a man of God does it hit your soul like a ton of bricks? Does the message resound within you for weeks to come, God’s words working in you to transform you into the image of His dear Son? Do any of these experiences ring true in your ears?

Does it wrench your spirit when you hear others blaspheming and using as an expression of disgust the one name that is above every name, the name of Jesus? Does your heart delight in God’s commandments, or are they a burden to hear? Can you relate to the Psalmist as he cries out, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day (Psalms 119:97)”, or is it foreign to consider? Does your heart now love holiness and hate wickedness; has your relationship with the world, the devil and the flesh changed?? Do you grieve when you sin and hunger to be more like Jesus?

For if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away and behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)!! Do you know the Savior today? Can you say Christ is mine and I am His? If not, fall on your knees tonight and do not rise until you know He has saved you. He is waiting for you to turn to Him now!

With Love, Jonathan Ball

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Idolatry

Idolatry

2 Timothy 4:2- 4

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Paul’s exhortation to Timothy was straight forward: Preach the word! Why? Because the days were coming, and today are here when people will not listen to sound doctrine. Today you can present plain Scripture to professing Christians and they will turn away their ear, instead listening to more pleasing views of God, contrary to the word. They form a god to suit themselves, a god who is ok with witchcraft and sexual immorality (Revelations 21:8), who will not judge in righteousness (Acts 17:31), who does not command us to repent (Acts 17:30), who is indifferent to wickedness (Isaiah 5:20), and who created heaven without hell (Matthew 18:8, 9). This is what the Israelites did in the wilderness, and is called idolatry. Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Paul might of told Timothy to “convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine”, but if you practice this today people will say, “don’t judge me!”, and, “Jesus said to love”, completely ignoring portions of God’s word for the sake of their agenda. They claim their actions are based on love, but part of the definition of love is, “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6); yet they rejoice in iniquity and hate the truth, defending evil and shunning any Scripture that opposes their carnal view.

Paul told Timothy, “but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers”, and so they do, gravitating to teachers who tell them love would never correct or make us uncomfortable, who do not teach of repentance, sin, hell or judgment, but only grace, mercy and love. Yet, the Great Master Himself, because of His love, mercy and grace taught us about sin, righteousness and judgment, which things the Holy Spirit also came to convict the world of (John 16:8).

If we love God we must follow the footsteps of Jesus in His teaching, actions and words; but many feel wiser than God and chose to do it a “better” way than He. Turning their ears away from the truth, they turn aside to fables, choosing to believe the idolatrous view of Jesus, which path leads to destruction. Please, for any who will listen today: seek the Living God! Read the word and believe it, not twisting it for your own advantage. Fear God and depart from evil, and Christ will give you life! Do not let anything keep you from the truth, but submit your heart entirely to the LORD and His ways, and He will be with you (John 14:21).

With love for your soul, Jonathan Balls

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What do you more than others?

What do you more than others?

Matthew 5:46, 47

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?”

If you are a Christian, Jesus requires more of you than from others. For the world loves those who love them, but we are commanded to go further; we are told we must love those who hate us, pray for those who spitefully use us, and bless those who curse us. For if we do no more than those who are in sin, what difference is there?

As children of God we should do more than others because we have proclaimed that we are born again, and that God’s Spirit lives in us. Therefore, if God who is holy, righteous and good, lives in us, how is it that we can still act like the world? Our life must stand out as different, separate, and holy (2 Corinthians 6:17). When the world teaches to be prideful, we must be humble, when the world says to love those who love us, we must love those who hate us, and bless them. For the LORD Himself is good to all, even to blasphemers and haters of God.

We must do more than others because we have proclaimed to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14, 15). For the world is in darkness and must look to us for the way, but if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness (Matthew 6:23)! What a betrayal to proclaim we know the way and yet show no one!

So please, if you say that God has saved you and made you a new creation, let it show in your actions. Love people more than is possible for the world, pray without ceasing, forgive continually, do more acts of kindness than those without God, even to your enemies, show mercy to all, and live in holiness, being perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. For the world does not have power to live right, but you have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11), therefore you can and must do more than others do.

Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball  

The Wonderful Mercy of God!

The Wonderful Mercy of God

Titus 3:5, 6

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior”

What a wonderful thing that God has done for us through Jesus! If only we would understand the depths of love that God has shown us! If we could even grasp a small understanding of the great mercy that God had offered us in His Son, we would forever be thankful; living a life of gratitude and obedience to our Savior.

You see, to the one who doesn’t understand how wicked they truly are, and how deceitful their heart really is, the sacrifice of Jesus will seem of little importance. Is this you dear reader? Does Calvary seem like no big deal to you, or does your heart rejoice at what the Lord has done for you? Does your inner man long to live to please the One who loved you and gave Himself as a ransom for your soul? For to the one who understands that they have sinned against heaven, when the mercy of Jesus is extended to them they gladly receive His gift, knowing that they could never obtain righteousness by their own merit.

Jesus said that those who have been forgiven much love much, but to those who do not love much have not been forgiven much (Luke 7:47). Think, who would be more grateful: the one who has been forgiven 5 dollars or one who has been forgiven 1,000,000 dollars? Once we understand our true position, that we have never sought after God, that our hearts are prone to stray, that rebellion flows through our veins, then and only then will we rejoice to meet the Savior who has loved us anyway! Oh, the riches of God!  

Praise be to God that He would save a wretch like me! I am one who knows that I deserve hell, and could never earn heaven, yet Jesus died in my place and gave me the gift of everlasting life! It is more amazing that I can express, that God would love me even though He sees the secrets of my heart! His love toward me is without condition! He is willing to call me His Son, though I used to blaspheme His name!

Has He set His love upon you, dear friend? Have you understood what your Creator has offered you? He offers life instead of death, blessing instead of cursing, He offers you righteousness in exchange for your filthy garments of sin and He offers you Heaven instead of Hell! And the greatest part of it is that it is only offered as a gift, one that you cannot afford to earn or buy, but only humbly received. Will you take it? Will you trade in your rags for riches, at Christ’s expense? Who can afford to reject such an offer? 

Morning and Evening, Charles H. Spurgeon

Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon

Luke 23:31

“For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Among other interpretations of this suggestive question, the following is full of teaching: “If I, the innocent substitute for sinners, allow thus, what will be done when the sinner himself- the dry tree- shall fall into the hands of an angry God?” When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, He didn’t spare Him; and when He finds the unregenerate without Christ, He will not spare them. O sinner, Jesus was led away by His enemies: so shall you be dragged away by fiends to the place appointed for you. Jesus was deserted of God; and if He, who was only imputedly a sinner, was deserted, how much more shall you be? “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” What an awful shriek! But what shall be your cry when you shall say, “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken me?”And the answer shall come back, “Since you ignored all My advice and would not accept My rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you! What whips of burning wire will be yours when conscience shall strike you with all its terrors. You richest, you merriest, you most self- righteous sinners – who would stand in your place when God shall say, “Awake, O sword, against the man that rejected Me; strike him, and let him feel the smart forever”? Jesus was spit upon: sinner, what shame will be yours! We cannot sum up in one word all the mass of sorrows which met upon the head of Jesus who died for us, therefore it is impossible for us to tell you what streams, what oceans of grief must roll over your spirit if you die as you now are. You may die so, you may die now. By the agonies of Christ, by His wounds and by His blood, do not bring upon yourselves the wrath to come! Trust in the Son of God, and you shall never die.