Lord, today I pray that you will remind me in my actions and in my personal prayers to reach out to the last, the least and the left out.
Help me to hear your voice, welcome your voice and follow your voice.
Remind me, Lord, that every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.
Remind me, Lord, that sometimes the right thing and the hard thing are the same thing.
Christians have Jesus.
Christians have light. They have the light of Jesus. They need to choose to let the light shine. God wants us to WALK in the light.
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There will be those who first do not receive "the
love of the truth".
Then for that cause, the LORD sends them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie.
Therefore they will not have believed the truth,
and thus be damned.
II Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
It says, first, that "they received not the love of the truth". It does not say that "they received not the truth". It also does not say "they believed not the truth". But rather that "they received not the love of the truth". To receive the love of the truth or to not receive the love of the truth, seemed to be the first step. When the truth came to us who believe, thank the LORD that we did not hate the truth, turn from the truth, or resist the truth.
II Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
The truth is the word of God:
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
It is necessary to receive the word of God, not resist it:
I Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
That is the only way that we are able to believe, to receive faith by hearing the word of God:
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Thank the LORD that we desired to hear the word of God, instead, as did others:
Acts 13:7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
Acts 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
So, it would seem that those spoken of in II Thessalonians 2, are those that do not gladly receive his word. That, sadly, will lead to them being sent them strong delusion. That will lead to them believing a lie. When they believe the lie, they do not believe the truth, and thus will be damned. To be saved we must believe the truth:
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
So what will be that lie which they believe instead? Will it be a lie against Jesus? Will it be a lie that will deny Jesus? Will it be a lie about some one else beside Jesus?
many beautiful articles by
Andrew Murray and so very important for our salvation.
Our Blessed Lord gives to obedience as the one thing for which He came into this world.
OBEDIENCE: THE VERY ESSENCE OF SALVATION
By Andrew Murray
Here we think at once of our blessed Lord, and the prominence He gives to obedience as the one thing for which He was come into the world.
Jesus who entered it with His ‘Lo, I come to do
Thy will, O God,’ ever confessed to men, ‘I seek
not My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.’
Of all He did and of all He suffered, even to the death, He said, ‘This commandment have I received of My Father.’
If we turn to His teaching, we find everywhere, that the obedience He rendered is what He claims from everyone who would be His disciple.
During His whole ministry, from beginning to end, obedience is THE VERY ESSENCE OF SALVATION.
No words could express more simply
or more powerfully the inconceivably glorious place Christ gives to obedience,
with its twofold possibility, (1) as only possible to a loving heart, (2) as
making possible all that God has to give of His Holy Spirit, of His wonderful
love, of His indwelling in Christ Jesus. I know of no passage in Scripture that
gives a higher revelation of the spiritual life, or the power of loving
obedience as its one condition. Let us pray God very earnestly that by His Holy
Spirit its light may transfigure our daily obedience with its heavenly glory.
How often and how earnestly we have asked how to be able to abide continually in Christ. We have thought of more study of the Word, more faith, more prayer, more communion with God, and we have overlooked the simple truth that Jesus teaches so clearly, ‘If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love,’ with its divine sanction, ‘Even as I kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.’
For Him as for us, the only way under heaven to abide in divine love is to keep the commandments. Do let me ask, have you known it, have you heard it preached, have you believed it and proved it true in your experience: obedience on earth is the key to a place in God’s love in heaven? Unless there be some correspondence between God’s whole-hearted love in heaven, and our whole-hearted, loving obedience on earth, Christ cannot manifest Himself to us, God cannot abide in us, we cannot abide in His love.