Take Up Your Cross

Do You Love Others Enough to Tell Them the Truth?

July 25th, 2016

Do You Love Others Enough to Tell Them the Truth?

Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities. (Psalm 141:5 KJV)

David describes the smiting of righteous men as an act of kindness.  He said he would rather be “spiritually thumped” by righteous men for the purpose of being reproved, than ...

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Even A Glimpse is Overwhelming

July 24th, 2016

Even A Glimpse is Overwhelming

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. (Isaiah 6:5 KJV)

Isaiah was rendered awestruck with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of God.  It was but a twinkling of time that left his heart forever changed.

The instant Isaiah’s eyes took in ...

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The Truth is Pure and Powerful

July 23rd, 2016

The Truth is Pure and Powerful

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. (Titus 3:9 KJB)

Paul was warning a young man named Titus about getting caught up in zealous questions and arguments concerning the law of God.  Nothing good could come of it for God’s law was already established and known.  Jesus Christ had already been born, died, and was resurrected on this earth.  The law was ...

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God Calls Godly Men to Pastoral Positions

July 22nd, 2016

God Calls Godly Men to Pastoral Positions

Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive ...

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Ezekiel Was Inspired to Sound the Alarm

July 21st, 2016

Ezekiel Was Inspired to Sound the Alarm

The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own ...

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What Is In A Name?

July 20th, 2016

What Is In A Name?

And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz. (Isaiah 8:3 KJV)

Isaiah is the one speaking in this verse, and the prophetess he mentions is his wife.  God inspired Isaiah to record this specific event in His Word so that mankind could perpetually look upon this event and gain insight and wisdom from it.

Isn’t it interesting to note that God ...

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Proceed with Spiritual Caution

July 19th, 2016

Proceed with Spiritual Caution

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:7-8 KJV)

Your life is not your own.  It belongs wholly to God, and this certainty does not depend upon whether you choose to acknowledge Him as God or not.  Your life belonging to ...

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Godliness Always Opens the Door to Travail

July 18th, 2016

Godliness Always Opens the Door to Travail

And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; (1 Peter 3:13-14 KJV)

Many people focus on their own suffering in this world.  Suffering comes both because man has chosen to do good being godly, or because they have chosen to do wrong.

Many, however, ...

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Rulers are to Be For Our Benefit Not Our Detriment

July 17th, 2016

Rulers are to Be For Our Benefit Not Our Detriment

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister ...

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Task Driven People Often Set Their View on This World

July 16th, 2016

Task Driven People Often Set Their View on This World

A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2 KJV)

Lift up your eyes people!  Look to God rather than man!

Lifting up one’s eyes is the only direction one must look to find the divine strength, grace, and mercy of God.  God’s help is always available to anyone ...

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