Text: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Tweet: All who profess Christ, but live in disobedience to Christ, are phony disciples of Christ who are destined in the end to be disowned by Christ.
Text: Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalm 119:165)
Tweet: Obedience to God’s Law is dependent upon our love for it. Loving it more results in our stumbling less.
Text: And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:26-30)
Tweet: As with the Baptist, so also with the believer, we should rejoice when the world’s attention on us is decreasing and it’s attention on Christ is increasing.
Text: Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. (Psalm 42:7)
Tweet: Our deepest prayers arise from our troubled soul when we’re caught in a trying tempest that overwhelms us like a waterspout above, a whirlpool below, and billowing waves all around.
Texts: There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (John 1:6-9)
Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. (John 5:33-35)
Tweet: Like the Baptist, both the Bible and the believer are forerunners of Christ, shining lights that point men to the true Light of whom they merely testify.
Text: O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. (Psalm 42:6)
Tweet: To raise up a cast down soul one should remember God’s past interventions.
Text: Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24)
Tweet: The Scriptures are a schoolmaster, preparing us for the Coming of Christ by persuading us to come to Christ.
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: Without the Spirit’s conviction the sinner cannot be converted.
Text: Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
Tweet: A nation that fights for the right, believing that right makes might, is exalted, but a nation that believes the opposite, that might makes right or that it is powerful enough to do as it pleases, even if it is wrong, is a reproach.
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own, intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” (Abraham Lincoln)
Text: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)
Tweet: Christ’s salvation in us commences with justification, salvation from the penalty of sin. It continues with sanctification, salvation from the power of sin. And it will be completed when Christ returns with glorification, salvation from the very presence of sin!