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Text: And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. (Mark 10:17-18)

Tweet: Let’s take a look at the fundamental of life’s fundamentals. It is a profound truth that must be understood for the purpose of life to be perceived. It is found in the seemingly simple response of our Lord to being called “Good Master” by the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-18). Jesus asks this young seeker of eternal life, “Why do you call me good?” He then adds these utterly important words that the casual reader of Scripture carelessly passes over rather than seriously ponders: “There is none good but one, who is, God.”
When most people think of evil they think of bloodthirsty terrorists, infamous mass murderers, or notorious child abusers. However, evil is actually the inevitable consequence of the absence of God, who is the only good. No matter what good fallen man attempts to do apart from God, his actions are doomed to inevitably result in something bad rather than something good, since they are void of God who is the only source of good in this fallen world.
Almost everyone I know, including my brothers and sisters in Christ, believes in the possibility of good apart from God. They believe self-serving politicians and selfish people do many good things without any consideration of Christ. They perform “good” works without any felt need of Christ’s help nor of their “good” deeds resulting in Christ’s glory.
Little known to the vast majority of people today on planet earth is the fact that just beneath the surface of perceived good in this fallen world is the diabolical evil that got Satan thrown out of Heaven and Adam and Eve thrown out of the Garden of Eden. It is the belief that we can produce good on our own and for our own name’s sake, independent of God and indifferent to whether or not it glorifies the name of His Son Jesus Christ.
For fallen men (sinners) to join league with fallen angels in an effort to prove good possible apart from God is one thing, but for the saints to call such efforts “good” is something else altogether. We, who have exchanged the filthy rags of our own righteousness for the seamless robe of Christ perfect righteousness, who have been saved by Christ’s good work for us, not by any of our “good” works for Christ, as well as by God’s grace, not our own goodness, should know better!
To have a good year necessitates a right definition of good. According to Jesus, the one and only true God, He alone is good and apart from Him there is no good. Therefore, anything in our lives, homes, churches or country void of Christ cannot possibly be good. Indeed, it will inevitably prove itself evil, since evil in its final analysis is nothing but the inevitable consequence of the absence of Christ, who is the only good in this fallen world.
Now that you know what, or should I say who, good is, here’s hoping you’ll have a good year. I pray it will be Christ-filled, not Christ-forsaking; otherwise, there’s no possibility of the new year being a good year in your life.

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Text: Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! (Amos 6:1)

Tweet: America’s only hope of survival is revival, but how can America have revival when repentance, the prerequisite for revival, is condemned within our politically correct society as intolerance. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is neither welcomed in our country nor its churches. The least little hint of Spirit induced contrition is considered offensive for making the complacent the least little bit uncomfortable. As the ancient Prophet Amos warned the people of his day not to be at ease in their sin, so you and I should warn our fellow Americans today.

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Text: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (John 16:7-11)

Tweet: The Holy Spirit is in the world to convict us of sin and to convince us of our need to come to Christ to be made right with God, lest we be judged by God for rejecting His Son and refusing to repent of our sins.

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Text: Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me. (Galatians 1:21-24)

Tweet: The true servant of Christ seeks no reputation among men, but only that men praise Christ because of him.

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Text: Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me. (Galatians 1:21-24)

Tweet: The Christian life is NOT about self-promotion; it’s about SELF-DENIAL.

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Text: The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. (Isaiah 11:13-16)

Text: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22)

Tweet: When Christ was lifted up on the cross as an ensign, Isaiah predicted how He would take away partitions between men and make a path to God for every man.

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Text: And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11;10-12)

Text: And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. (John 12:32-33)

Text: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Tweet: When Christ was lifted up on the cross as an ensign, Isaiah predicted how He would draw all men, both Jews and Gentiles, to Himself for salvation; that is, into His glorious rest.

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Text: The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:6-9)

Tweet: The only hope of ending worldwide violence and destruction is to fill the world with the knowledge of the Lord. The earth will not be paradisiacal until populated by people who know God. As it’s been poignantly pointed but: KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE; NO GOD; NO PEACE!

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Text: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. (Isaiah 11:4-5)

Text: For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. (Matthew 26:11)

Tweet: The inciting of class warfare by present-day politicians can never end the exploitation of the poor. All it does is pull our country apart by pitting one American against another. As Jesus taught, poverty will prove to be an ever-present problem in this fallen world until He returns (Matthew 26:11). Then, and only then, will poverty be ended and all exploiters of the poor reproved and removed from the earth by our returning Redeemer!