A Friday thought for you:
“You must not lose confidence in God because you lost confidence in your pastor. If our confidence in God had to depend on our confidence in any human person, we would be on shifting sand” – Francis Shaeffer
This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” – Jeremiah 17:5
It’s worth reflecting in whom or what our confidence ultimately lies. Like the Bible says – where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.
May our hearts be found in the one and only true place of safety.
and I will add one more though to Francis Schaeffer’s ,
We must not lose confidence in God because we lose confidence in ourselves…
We don’t always do things right ( at least I don’t! ) but Jesus Christ within us and His Spirit, we just have to trust it Peter, speaking what He says, being faithful even when it costs us something, and it always does eventually.
Does that make sense?
Anyway, I certainly do appreciate you, and want to encourage you to keep sharing what the Lord gives you!
and Thank you for making me laugh at times too.
Your humor is refreshing 🙂 and I need a little humour in my life!
Blessings to you!
thought, that was thought… 😉
Yup, that certainly makes sense. I’d have fleshed this one out a bit, but really didn’t want to get into endless post editing mode again!
And we all need a little humour, even if it is my dodgy type 😉
This is the most powerful one page of Christian writing I have ever read. It has just been given to me by my Christian brother who is visiting me at the moment from the States. Please print it out, copy it to your friends and publish it where you can. We were once a Christian country and I feel we need reminding just who Jesus is, this article by the black preacher from San Diego, California USA the late Dr S M Lockeridge reminds us of what a great Christian heritage we have and Who the source of that heritage is; that we shouldn’t be apologising for our Christian faith or be embarrassed to talk about our great King Jesus Christ.
“That’s My King”
The late Dr. S.M. Lockeridge, a preacher from San Diego, California who said these words in a sermon in Detroit in 1976
My King was born King. The Bible says He’s a Seven Way King. He’s the King of the Jews – that’s an Ethnic King. He’s the King of Israel – that’s a National King. He’s the King of righteousness. He’s the King of the ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of glory. He’s the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords. Now that’s my King.
Well, I wonder if you know Him. Do you know Him? Don’t try to mislead me. Do you know my King? David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. My King is the only one of whom there are no means of measure that can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of the shore of His supplies. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing. He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful. That’s my King.
He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s saviour. He’s the centrepiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. He’s honest. He’s unique. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He’s supreme. He’s pre-eminent. He’s the grandest idea in literature. He’s the highest personality in philosophy. He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism. He’s the fundamental doctrine of historic theology. He’s the carnal necessity of spiritual religion. That’s my King.
He’s the miracle of the age. He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him. He’s the only one able to supply all our needs simultaneously. He supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He’s the Almighty God who guides and keeps all his people. He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharged debtors. He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek. That’s my King.
Do you know Him? Well, my King is a King of knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory. He’s the master of the mighty. He’s the captain of the conquerors. He’s the head of the heroes. He’s the leader of the legislatures. He’s the overseer of the over comers. He’s the governor of governors. He’s the prince of princes. He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King.
His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you . . .but He’s indescribable. He’s indescribable. That’s my King.
He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible. I’m coming to tell you this, that the heavens of heavens can’t contain Him, let alone some man explain Him. You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your hands. You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him. The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree about Him. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him. That’s my King.
He always has been and He always will be. I’m talking about the fact that He had no predecessor and He’ll have no successor. There’s nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him. You can’t impeach Him and He’s not going to resign. That’s my King! That’s my King!
Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Well, all the power belongs to my King. We’re around here talking about black power and white power and green power, but in the end all that matters is God’s power. Thine is the power. Yeah. And the glory. We try to get prestige and honour and glory for ourselves, but the glory is all His. Yes. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. How long is that? And ever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the ‘ever’s, then . . .Amen.
By Dr. S. M. Lockeridge
Over the years of being a Christian I have observed many different Christians attracted to so called new truths, or the perfect true church, perhaps a new gold standard of Christian teaching, I listened to them talk of new higher standards and observed the self righteous arrogance and judgmental attitudes of their ministers and some of their fellow worshippers; only believing their church has the real truth, and truly Holy!
I have listened to Christian brothers and sisters tell of new revelations of truth and new blessings of The Holy Spirit just for the chosen few. For e.g. ‘The Toronto Blessing’ a few years ago, where people were making loud animal noises and jumping around the church like they had just been released from a secure lunatic unit!
I have seen Christians go off the rails and lose their faith as they followed a self proclaimed charismatic and convincing ‘Man of God,’ only to see them fall with the new ‘Apostle,’ ‘Prophet’ or ‘Teacher’ when he is discovered to be in adultery or swindling the people out of money, living a luxury life from people’s offerings. Perhaps offering them financial prosperity if they give more to God. (more like the Churches/Preacher’s luxury life style). For this reason I will never look up to any man or woman will question every new revelation I hear and check it against the word of God.(The Bible).
It may be you belong to a well balanced church that doesn’t over emphasise one aspect of the Gospel? It maybe you have your feet on the ground as a Christian and are not living in some kind of Holy Ghetto or Goldfish Bowl, that is almost cut off from the world. I really hope so. If not, take stock of where you and your Church are going and don’t be afraid to ask awkward questions if you are uneasy about any aspect of your churches teachings or practices. If you do this and you are quickly shut down by elders or your minister then you have every right to feel uncomfortable and perhaps it would be in your interest to find another fellowship where you can be free to use your intelligence as well as your faith. As the New Year approaches maybe it’s a good time to review where you and your church are going?
You might not want to know about such things as these and prefer to be obedient to the cause, no matter what? Loyalty is one thing, But remember your loyalty is to Jesus Christ more than any man or woman or Church group.
Here is an extreme example of what can happen to Christians when they become unbalanced and convinced only they have a monopoly on the truth! I think you will find this YouTube Video interview really scary. I did, that’s why I am sending out this word of caution, so this never happens to you or some other Christian you know and love.
With Chrisian love
PS if you are concerned about any Christian brother or sister don’t be afraid to pass this message on. If their Church/ Fellowship is sound and the teaching balanced then their minister has nothing to fear from this cautionary tale.