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5 September, 2021 20:06

September 5, 2021
Make Me A Man After Thine Own Heart! by Oswald J. Smith
On November 8, 1927, my thirty-eighth birthday, I prayed this prayer: "Lord, make me a man after Thine Own heart." Work faded out of sight; things that before seemed important disappeared; everything in which I was interested took a secondary place, and my own inner life before God was all that mattered, all that was really worthwhile. And as I paced back and forth in my room that day I prayed, and prayed in the Spirit: "Lord, make me a man after Thine Own heart."

I saw as I had never seen before that the big thing was not the work I was doing, the books I was writing, the sermons I was preaching, the crowds that gathered nor the success achieved; but rather the life I was living, the thoughts I was thinking, heart holiness, practical righteousness; in a word: my transformation, by the Holy Spirit, into Christlikeness.

There came to me with new and deeper meaning than ever before the words: "Oh, for a closer walk with God." My heart went out in a cry of anguish for such an experience. "Enoch walked with God" (Gen. 5:24). Could not I? Am not I more precious to God than my work, my possessions? God wanted me, not merely my service.

After that He led me out in prayer, a prayer that would make me a man after His Own heart and these were the petitions: "Lord, here are my hands; I consecrate them to Thee. May they never touch anything that would dishonor Thee. May they never go where Thou wouldst not be seen.

"Lord, here are my eyes; may they never look upon anything that would grieve the Holy Spirit. May my ears never listen to anything dishonoring to Thy Name. May my mouth never be opened to speak a word that I would not want Thee to hear. May my mind never retain a thought nor an imagination that would dim the sense of Thy presence."

Putting God First

God, I saw, demanded my undivided attention. Everything else must take a second place. Friends and loved ones, home, money, work, all – even though legitimate – must give way to Christ! Day and night my undivided attention must be given to Him. God first! Such must be my attitude toward Him. Only then would He be able to bless and use me.

In my relationship to God I saw that no other and nothing else must come between. That just as a husband comes first in the affections of his wife, and vice versa, so God must come first in my heart. And just as no marriage can ever be a happy marriage where either husband or wife withhold their undivided attention from each other, so my fellowship with God could only be complete when He had my undivided attention.

What He asked of me that day He asks of all alike. Can it be that we would deny Him His right? Is there anything in this world worthy of that attention He claims? Why, then, do we withhold what He asks? Is true joy to be found outside of God? Can we be happy with "things"?

Do "things" satisfy? "A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).

God Has Made Us for Himself!

He longs for our fellowship and communion. To walk with Him moment by moment, right here in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation, in a world that has no use for a separated, Holy Ghost life, a world whose god is Satan; to live as pilgrims and strangers in a world that crucified our Lord – that is His design and purpose for us.

So, then, to be a man after God’s own heart means to put God first; to walk with Him every moment; to do nothing that would displease Him and to allow nothing that would grieve Him; to live a life of practical righteousness and holiness before Him; to give Him our undivided attention, and to love Him supremely!

To get His best we must give our best. To become men and women after His Own heart, we must let Him have our undivided attention. To win, we must surrender. To live we must die. To receive, we must give!

Oh, the joy of such a life! There is nothing like it. All the success in the world cannot compensate for it. Friends can never mean so much. Even loved ones disappoint. Money brings its burdens, and fame its bitterness. But He, He satisfies! God is never a disappointment. To walk with Him is the sweetest thing on earth. To know that all is well, that there is nothing between, that no black cloud of sin hides His face – ah! That is heaven, indeed.

Then let us pray it, mean it, and live it: "Lord, make me a man after Thine Own heart."

5 August, 2021 13:49

August 5, 2021

TIME WILL TELL

There has been a great stirring throughout the Body of Christ in recent years concerning our bridal preparation for the great Marriage of the Lamb. What comes to mind when you read these words, “The bride has made herself ready.”? Ready for what exactly!?

For some, marriage to our heavenly Bridegroom fills the mind with romantic thoughts of spiritual intimacy far above any physical earthly level ever could.

Let me backtrack for a moment and remind you that when it comes to marriage, we are not to be unequally yoked. In other words, “Two can’t walk together (live together) unless they be in agreement.” I could also add, “What fellowship does light have with darkness.?” If we dare to apply these principles to our relationship with Christ how well suited are we to be His bride or He, our Bridegroom?

Speaking of our heavenly Bridegroom, are we truly ready to be married to a king. Not any ordinary king mind you, but the King of all kings? Not only is he The King but also the Great Judge, the Great Shepherd, High Priest, Captain of the Hosts etc. All this begs the question how much do we know about ruling and reigning? How gifted are we when it comes to discernment and judgement? What about waging war, etc.?

I don’t believe Jesus is concerned about marrying someone who turns out to be a ‘golf widow’; a bride who shows little or no interest in her Beloved’s activities or desires. The emphasis on ‘Divine Romance’ is not about you and your beloved forever entwined together on some type of fantasy island, alone on some distant planet. I’m afraid this is the typical mindset of many of the younger generation who have been raised in a sexually saturated culture where marriage is more about the bedroom than the throne-room.

While we don’t have a detailed plan of our future role as Bride, we do know that we have been invited to sit with our Beloved in heavenly places as joint heirs. We know we will be given the task of judging angels, also as Priests of God and of Christ, as well as reigning with Him.

Lay those thoughts aside for a moment; how much time are we currantly taking in preparation for our ultimate eternal and heavenly calling as the Bride of Christ?

I believe the Lord is watching every action and reaction we take here on earth and how we respond to these daily ‘tests’ He allows us to encounter.

One final thought. Is it possible that not every believer will make up the Bride? If we don’t share the interests or purpose of our heavenly Bridegroom now; could it be we are unequally yoked? Time will tell.

5 July, 2021 14:59

July 5, 2021

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

DAVID RAVENHILL

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

SHE’S STARTED TO DECAY

THE LEFT’S PROMOTING LAWLESSNESS

WE SEE IT EVERY DAY.

IT STARTED WHEN WE TOLD OUR KIDS

YOU CAN’T PRAY IN YOUR SCHOOL

YET THOSE WHO SAY, “THERE IS NO GOD”

THE BIBLE CALLS A FOOL.

AS FOR THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

WE’VE BANISHED THEM AS WELL

THE NATION THAT FORSAKES ITS GOD

WILL FACE THE DOOM OF HELL.

WE SAY THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER

BUT ABORT BLACK BABIES TOO,

NO LONGER DO WE LOVE OUR FLAG

OR TRUST THOSE DRESSED IN BLUE.

WE’VE MADE IT COOL TO SHOPLIFT

JUST TAKE WHAT YOU CAN HAUL

AND IF YOU GET ARRESTED

YOU’RE FREED BY CITY HALL.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

WHEN YOU CAN LOOT AND BURN

DESTROY YOUR TOWN AND CITY

THEIR ORDINANCES SPURN.

IF THINGS CONTINUE AS THEY ARE

WE’LL LOOK BACK WITH REGRET

REMEMBERING WHAT WE ONCE ACHIEVED

BUT CAN NO LONGER GET.

OUR NATION IS DIVIDED BY CHOICE AND BY DESIGN

THE MEDIA PROMOTES IT

AND WE ALL FALL IN LINE.

IT’S TIME TO RAISE YOUR VOICE

AND PROTEST, LOUD AND LONG

WE’RE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS

AND TO THIS LAND BELONG.

ONE FINAL PLEA I NEED TO MAKE

ON THIS WE FALL OR STAND.

ALMIGHTY GOD, WE NEED YOUR HELP

COME, HEAL, RESTORE OUR LAND.