The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Pride is the great polluter of truth. While men may possess the knowledge of the truth, pride makes of it a canker. The man who thinks highly of himself does not fear God.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Pride leaves a man without a defense for the truth. It should be an embarrassment to the arrogant, but being blinded by self-absorption it is left to the onlooker to be embarrassed on his behalf. Eventually pride will bring one low but the prideful will not acknowledge it.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”
Perhaps in mercy you would admonish the arrogant man? Without divine grace what will be his response other than to harden his neck and double-down in pride.
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Of all graces, humility is the greatest. Without it we cannot love, will not show mercy, nor turn the object of our faith away from ourselves and onto God. May God grant us grace to always be putting pride to death for we are nothing until we think nothing of ourselves.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. “ —John 15:5
Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
The light is far spent. An evil moon is rising. Our freedoms are under open assault. Millennials and iGenners have little problem with the Caitlyn Jenners nor with the use of totalitarian force against those who stand for Biblical truth. The war against the Kingdom of Heaven is now a public spectacle. If God does not grant repentance, we are upon the precipice of a very dark future.
When God turns a people over to reprobation, everyone suffers. Those leaders claiming to be our saviors will bathe their swords in our blood.
As the light dims, are you preparing? I don’t refer to the hoarding of food and guns. I mean are you preparing spiritually for what is to come? Do you know Jesus Christ as your lord and savior? Have you repented of your sins and found your peace in Him?
Will you be faithful to Jesus when it costs you your means of making a living? Will you trade freedom in Christ for a compromised peace with the godless? Will you have heaven or will you have hell?
How do we prepare?
We prepare by giving diligent observance to the ordinary means of grace instituted by God in His word and empowered by His Holy Spirit. Are you following Christ? Do you “watch and pray” or will the day find you unprepared? Will you stand or will you be scattered?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves in church. A faithful church is a mighty means of grace.
…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Are you learning to make the word of God your chiefest treasure?
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Are you killing sin, or is sin killing you? Are you mortifying sinful passions or are you driven by them into the arms of unbelief? Are you setting your affections on things above and not on things on the earth?
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
If you look by sight you could easily think that Satan is winning. Make no mistake about it, God reigns. The evil that is upon us is not due to the lack of power on God’s part. Satan’s temporal victories are nothing more than the sounds of his death rattle for the war has already been fought and the old serpent lost. Christ won when he was declared to be the son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4).
When the last day arrives, it will be His enemies who cower in the cracks of the earth, for eternal doom will be upon them.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Where will you be when the Day of the Lord is upon you? Make no mistake about it; if you will not stand now, you will not stand then.
The future may very well be dark, but eternity without Christ will be Hell.
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
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
—2 Timothy 1:7
I have often heard people say, “I went to such and such a church and I didn’t feel the Holy Spirit there.”
Were the Scriptures not accurately taught? Was Christ not glorified? Were you not convicted of sin and encouraged to press on in the faith?…
“I just didn’t FEEL the Holy Spirit”, is the response I often get.
It is here that I have that UG! moment. What such people are really saying is that they did not experience certain feelings they look for in the worship of the church. They are mistaking raw sentimentalism for the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Sadly, many Christians have been so conditioned by ecclesiastical practices they’ve never stopped to consider that what they are doing has far more in common with paganism than Christianity (a good subject for a future post!).
What a debased and beggarly replacement man has made to replace the true work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. In the place of convicting us of sin, the encouragement of Christian virtue, and the advancement of our faith in Jesus Christ, many have fallen for the fleshly substitute of human passions.
The sad thing is, because of the horrid state of Christian theology today, few even realize the dynamic. OUT is the unapologetic, authoritative preaching of the word of God, IN is the sentimental sermon, the breathy and manipulative prayers over background mood music, worship music composed and performed to entertain while engaging the senses but not the mind, flashing multicolored stage lights and smoke machines.
Speaking of the senses, we have made the idolatry of Rome with it’s crucifixes, statues of Mary and the saints and many other liturgical visuals (all designed to engage the senses) seem orthodox compared to the sensual extremes of far too many evangelical churches today.
The true ministry of the Holy Spirit is so much more than the base movement of human passions. However, we will only experience it if we reject those things which promote the man-made substitute and and be renewed in the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 4:23). You may by the flesh be brought to weeping, but you will leave the same person as when you came.
The true ministry of the Holy Spirit will change you and manifest the reality that God is indeed with you.
Nay sayers will be thinking that I deny the Holy Spirit moves our passions at all. To that let me say that there is a great difference between being brought to tears over our sin, or the heights of joy over the knowledge of Christ versus being moved by the worship team and the dimming of the lights.
BUT WE CAN DO BOTH!!! Can we? Let’s put that to the test. Get rid of the band, the mood lights, the fog machines, the feel good sermons…replace these unbiblical elements of worship with the simple singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs and strong biblical preaching. Would you still “feel the Holy Spirit”? Judging by the low attendance in churches that are faithful to the regulative principle of worship, probably not. It doesn’t have to be this way.