Deliverance From Spiritual Captivity, Sin And Bondage – Spiritual Reading

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Deliverance From Spiritual Captivity, Sin And Bondage – Spiritual Reading.



In this place I would say a plain word or two to those who understand the method of justification by faith which is in Christ Jesus, but whose trouble is that they cannot cease from sin. We can never be happy, restful, or spiritually healthy till we become holy. We must be rid of sin; but how is the riddance to be wrought? This is the life-or-death question of many.


The old nature is very strong, and they have tried to curb and tame it; but it will not be subdued, and they find themselves, though anxious to be better, if anything growing worse than before. The heart is so hard, the will is so obstinate, the passions are so furious, the thoughts are so volatile, the imagination is so ungovernable, the desires are so wild, that the man feels that he has a den of wild beasts within him, which will eat him up sooner than be ruled by him.


We may say of our fallen nature what the Lord said to Job concerning Leviathan: “Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?” A man might as well hope to hold the north wind in the hollow of his hand as expect to control by his own strength those boisterous powers which dwell within his fallen nature. This is a greater feat than any of the fabled labors of Hercules: God is wanted here.



“I could believe that Jesus would forgive sin,” says one, “but then my trouble is that I sin again, and that I feel such awful tendencies to evil within me. As surely as a stone, if it be flung up into the air, soon comes down again to the ground, so do I, though I am sent up to heaven by earnest preaching, return again to my insensible state. Alas ! I am easily fascinated with the basilisk eyes of sin, and am thus held as under a spell, so that I cannot escape from my own folly.”


Dear friend, salvation would be a sadly incomplete affair if it did not deal with this part of our ruined estate. We want to be purified as well as pardoned. Justification without sanctification would not be salvation at all. It would call the leper clean, and leave him to die of his disease; if would forgive the rebellion and allow the rebel to remain an enemy to his king.


It would remove the consequences but overlook the cause, and this would leave an endless and hopeless task before us. It would stop the stream for a time, but leave an open fountain of defilement, which would sooner or later break forth with increased power. Remember that the Lord Jesus came to take away sin in three ways; He came to remove the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and, at last, the presence of sin.


At once you may reach to the second part-the power of sin may immediately be broken; and so you will be on the road to the third, namely, the removal of the presence of sin. “We know that he was manifested to take away our sins.” The angel said of our Lord, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.” Our Lord Jesus came to destroy in us the works of the devil.


That which was said at our Lord’s birth was also declared in His death; for when the soldier pierced His side forthwith came there out blood and water, to set forth the double cure by which we are delivered from the guilt and the defilement of sin. If, however, you are troubled about the power of sin, and about the tendencies of your nature, as you well may be, here is a promise for you.



Have faith in it, for it stands in that covenant of grace which is ordered in all things and sure. God, who cannot lie, has said in Ezekiel 36:26:
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
You see, it is all “I will,” and “I will.” “I will give,” and “I will take away.” This is the royal style of the King of kings, who is able to accomplish all His will. No word of His shall ever fall to the ground.




The Lord knows right well that you cannot change your own heart, and cannot cleanse your own nature; but He also knows that He can do both. He can cause the Ethiopian to change his skin, and the leopard his spots. Hear this, and be astonished: He can create you a second time; He can cause you to be born again.


This is a miracle of grace, but the Holy Ghost will perform it. It would be a very wonderful thing if one could stand at the foot of the Niagara Falls, and could speak a word which should make the river Niagara begin to run up stream, and leap up that great precipice over which it now rolls in stupendous force. Nothing but the power of God could achieve that marvel; but that would be more than a fit parallel to what would take place if the course of your nature were altogether reversed.


All things are possible with God. He can reverse the direction of your desires and the current of your life, and instead of going downward from God, He can make your whole being tend upward toward God. That is, in fact, what the Lord has promised to do for all who are in the covenant; and we know from Scripture that all believers are in the covenant. Let me read the words again:
A new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give an heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19).


What a wonderful promise! And it is yea and amen in Christ Jesus to the glory of God by us. Let us lay hold of it; accept it as true, and appropriate it to ourselves. Then shall it be fulfilled in us, and we shall have, in after days and years, to sing of that wondrous change which the sovereign grace of God has wrought in us.



It is well worthy of consideration that when the Lord takes away the stony heart, that deed is done; and when that is once done, no known power can ever take away that new heart which He gives, and that right spirit which He puts within us. “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance “; that is, without repentance on His part; He does not take away what He once has given. Let Him renew you and you will be renewed.


Man’s reformations and cleanings up soon come to an end, for the dog returns to his vomit; but when God puts a new heart into us, the new heart is there forever, and never will it harden into stone again. He who made it flesh will keep it so. Herein we may rejoice and be glad forever in that which God creates in the kingdom of His grace.



To put the matter very simply–did you ever hear of Mr. Rowland Hill’s illustration of the cat and the sow? I will give it in my own fashion, to illustrate our Saviour’s expressive words–“Ye must be born again. ” Do you see that cat? What a cleanly creature she is! How cleverly she washes herself with her tongue and her paws! It is quite a pretty sight! Did you ever see a sow do that? No, you never did. It is contrary to its nature. It prefers to wallow in the mire.


Go and teach a sow to wash itself, and see how little success you would gain. It would be a great sanitary improvement if swine would be clean. Teach them to wash and clean themselves as the cat has been doing! Useless task. You may by force wash that sow, but it hastens to the mire, and is soon as foul as ever. The only way in which you can get a sow to wash itself is to transform it into a cat; then it will wash and be clean, but not till then!


Suppose that transformation to be accomplished, and then what was difficult or impossible is easy enough; the swine will henceforth be fit for your parlor and your hearth-rug. So it is with an ungodly man; you cannot force him to do what a renewed man does most willingly; you may teach him, and set him a good example, but he cannot learn the art of holiness, for he has no mind to it; his nature leads him another way.


When the Lord makes a new man of him, then all things wear a different aspect. So great is this change, that I once heard a convert say, “Either all the world is changed, or else I am.” The new nature follows after right as naturally as the old nature wanders after wrong. What a blessing to receive such a nature! Only the Holy Ghost can give it.



Did it ever strike you what a wonderful thing it is for the Lord to give a new heart and a right spirit to a man? You have seen a lobster, perhaps, which has fought with another lobster, and lost one of its claws, and a new claw has grown. That is a remarkable thing; but it is a much more astounding fact that a man should have a new heart given to him. This, indeed, is a miracle beyond the powers of nature.


There is a tree. If you cut off one of its limbs, another one may grow in its place; but can you change the tree; can you sweeten sour sap; can you make the thorn bear figs? You can graft something better into it and that is the analogy which nature gives us of the work of grace; but absolutely to change the vital sap of the tree would be a miracle indeed. Such a prodigy and mystery of power God works in all who believe in Jesus.



If you yield yourself up to His divine working, the Lord will alter your nature; He will subdue the old nature, and breathe new life into you. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will take the stony heart out of your flesh, and He will give you a heart of flesh. Where everything was hard, everything shall be tender; where everything was vicious, everything shall be virtuous: where everything tended downward, everything shall rise upward with impetuous force.


The lion of anger shall give place to the lamb of meekness; the raven of uncleanness shall fly before the dove of purity; the vile serpent of deceit shall be trodden under the heel of truth.
I have seen with my own eyes such marvellous changes of moral and spiritual character that I despair of none. I could, if it were fitting, point out those who were once unchaste women who are now pure as the driven snow, and blaspheming men who now delight all around them by their intense devotion.


Thieves are made honest, drunkards sober, liars truthful, and scoffers zealous. Wherever the grace of God has appeared to a man it has trained him to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world: and, dear reader, it will do the same for you. “I cannot make this change,” says one. Who said you could? The Scripture which we have quoted speaks not of what man will do, but of what God will do. It is God’s promise, and it is for Him to fulfill His own engagements.


Trust in Him to fulfill His Word to you, and it will be done. “But how is it to be done?” What business is that of yours? Must the Lord explain His methods before you will believe him? The Lord’s working in this matter is a great mystery: the Holy Ghost performs it. He who made the promise has the responsibility of keeping the promise, and He is equal to the occasion.


God, who promises this marvellous change, will assuredly carry it out in all who receive Jesus, for to all such He gives power to become the Sons of God. Oh that you would believe it! Oh that you would do the gracious Lord the justice to believe that He can and will do this for you, great miracle though it will be!


Oh that you would believe that God cannot lie! Oh that you would trust Him for a new heart, and a right spirit, for He can give them to you! May the Lord give you faith in His promise, faith in His Son, faith in the Holy Spirit, and faith in Him, and to Him shall be praise and honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.


Excerpt From – All of Grace By Charles Haddon Spurgeon.



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Is It True God Love’s Sinners It’s Only Their Sin He Hates – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Is It True God Love’s Sinners It’s Only Their Sin He Hates – Exploring Love In The New Age.

New age has really preached and spread this idea. The notion that, “God loves sinners and it’s only their sin that he hates.”

We hear it all the time. Even some priests, pastors, reverends throw it around during their services.

In fact a man I knew once used to tell me this every time I asked him to stop a particularly wicked habit.

He would go like, “Who are you to tell me to stop my evil vice when God loves me as a sinner? It’s my sin he doesn’t like but he loves me very much.”

Well, maybe it’s high time we took a rain check on some of these popular adages we are used to applying in everyday life.
The last time I checked the Holy Bible , God says it’s the unrepentant sinner he will throw into hell. He didn’t say he will throw the sin into hell and leave the sinner to enter heaven.
He clearly says he will throw people, coupled with their sins for added effect into hell.

43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 44 where
Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.’
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 46 where
Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.’
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’
Mark 9:43-48

Let us not fool ourselves. God hates sin, abominations and iniquity. We should stop being baby believers and start being mature, spirit filled and let men and women of God.

We should endeavour to live righteous and godly lives before God. We should pursue holiness and godliness. Let us leave sin behind us.

Jules

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Here Is Where Broken Hearts Go – Hearts That Don’t Break – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Here Is Where Broken Hearts Go – Hearts That Don’t Break – Exploring Love In The New Age.

Whitney Houston (God bless her soul) sang a famous song titled, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” Many of us have experienced heart ache in one way or another and had our hearts broken.

Is it possible to have an unbreakable heart?
Imagine if they sold such hearts, wouldn’t most of us love to purchase one so we wouldn’t feel the stings and arrows that life and people throw our way?

For a long time, people often accused me of feeling too much. Of wearing my heart on my sleeve. Of having a soft heart. Of being mushy! Of being an incurable romantic! Of seeing too deeply and refusing to leave things.

For a long time, I could not understand why other people’s pain affected me. Why when I cared I really cared to the point of destruction. Why most times I could only swing between two extremes, hot or cold but not lukewarm.

It often felt like I was too hot! I was too passionate! I loved too much! I gave too much! I was too sensitive! And for years I battled with these labels assigned to me by people.

I would often go to Jesus and ask, ‘But Jesus, why?’
‘Jesus, why don’t you just give me a stone heart like others?’
‘I hate feeling pain, why do you allow me to feel pain like this?’
‘And Lord, how can some people be so unfeeling and so hard and tough?’
‘Why don’t you make me like that?’

Looking back now, all I can say is, what utter foolishness on my part. I thank Jesus:

  1. Because he refused to hear my ignorant and selfish prayers.
  2. He opened my blind eyes to the truth.

And this is how it happened.

I was going through a particularly difficult period in my life where my heart was being tossed around the place like a Yoyo when I came across Prophet Ezekiel‘s words.
At first, his words didn’t register but as the weeks went on and I kept mulling on his words, my light bulb and eureka moment arrived and I remember jumping around the place like I had found a treasure field.

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

Ezekiel 11:19

Let’s break this scripture down further:

  1. Heart of stone: When we think of stones, we think of hard, cold, unfeeling, insensitive, uncaring objects. Dead objects.
    Do stones break? All the time. And very easily too. Ask people who work in quarries or remember the last time you broke a very fragile yet hard feeling drinking glass (since glass is made from the same chemical elements as stone).
  1. Heart of flesh: When we think of flesh, we think! Soft, malleable, flexible, warm, feeling, sensitive, caring. Alive! Physiologically when you especially take the differences between smooth muscle, skeletal muscle and heart muscle then this even becomes more profound.

If you need to experiment, for the non-believers and those who love to experiment, why not get a glass cup and then a piece of meat.

Throw both on the ground and see which one will break and which one will stay whole.

Many of us have gone our own ways and abandoned God who was our first love. And because we abandoned and forsook him, our hearts have turned hard and bitter.

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Revelation 2:4-5

Jesus is calling us back home. He is calling us to return to his every lasting love and embrace.

What God offers is a heart that cannot break.

A heart that is beating, feeling, working and sensitive.
A heart that keeps living and giving and being.
A heart that will stay in truth despite the pains of life.
A heart that will carry on loving and forgiving despite being betrayed, hurt and deceived.
A heart that stays whole despite being flogged, tossed around, taken for granted, despised, insulted and abused.
A heart that stays open and refuses to close itself off in high towers of bitterness, pride, anger, despite all the storms life throws at it.
A heart of flesh! A heart that is alive. A heart that knows right and wrong! A conscious heart!

So where should broken heart’s go?

Broken hearts should go to Jesus so that he can heal and restore them.

God wants to take out our stony, dead hearts and give to us hearts that are living.

Prayer:

I pray that the Lord will take out all the dead and stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh.
Jesus give us soft hearts that will obey you.
Jesus give us a heart like yours.
A heart that is devoted to doing what pleases you, the father and holy spirit.
Jesus a heart that lives for you and does your will.
Forgive us for the times we have chosen ourselves and the world over you. Forgive us our sins.
Lord, we forgot you as our first love. Help us return to you with the passion we had in the beginning.

Let us treat you with anticipation and excitement like going for a first date.
Jesus let our love for you never tire or grow weary.
Help our feebleness in loving you and living for you.
Help us return to you because you are our first love and you always will be our one true love.
Lord in a world that pressures us to live for ourselves instead of living for you, please help us to choose living for you always.
Cover us, our loved ones and our families in your precious blood and keep us in your embrace always.

Amen.

Bible Verse:

18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.
19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord. ”

Ezekiel 11:18-21

Jules

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