“God’s moral government is made up of considerations, and inducements designed and calculated to influence the minds of intelligent creatures, to pursue that course of conduct, which will in the highest manner, promote the glory of God, their own interest, and the happiness of the universe” – Charles Finney
I thought that was a rather good statement. Worthy of being posted.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I will constantly check up on myself. I want to be right, I don’t ever want to feel comfortable in where I’m at unless it’s because I am so totally in the arms of God. Here’s one I think that hits alot of us really hard and we should all check ourselves by this quote.
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Now, the modern church, which we call the denomination… We holiness people, you know, we call them, the modern, and they go out there and they start in their revival, too. You say, “They’re not getting anywhere.”
But now wait just a minute. What have we got? Got nothing, no more than they got. That’s exactly right. As long as we fuss and stew and carry on among one another, we still walk as men. Until a man can get down at the altar and get right with God, till he can overlook little things and move on like a Christian ought to… Pot can’t call kettle black. Right. Don’t holler at them. Let’s clean our own steps first.
Are there little things that we can’t overlook in another brother? Will we disfellowship, or “fuss and stew and carry on among one another”. I think we could honestly say that us saying to someone else “why that brother, He said this about so and so, bless God, he’s got to get right!!” And we honestly can’t love one another because of some little thing.
I’m not saying that we say their peculiar “doctrine” or “revelation” is ok. The Word is the Word. Yet we should still love one another, no matter their view.
For if ye love them that love you what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans so?
If ye love only them that see things the same way you do…and “fuss and stew” with the others…then we “still walk as men” and we’ve “got nothing more” than the denominations have.
Christ died for and loved all people. If we have the love of Christ in our lives…will not we love all people likewise? Do we have His love in our lives?? Or do we just have some doctrine?
Sometimes the people in the Bible can be very funny. Amaziah was funny, but in a very sad way.
II CHRONICLES 25:14 – 15
14 ¶ Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.
15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?
As I said, I found this amusing, but in a sad way. Maybe we can laugh some at history. One would have thought it would have been common sense that if the gods of a conquered people couldn’t save them, how are they going to help you?
I can’t laugh at how this scripture might apply to our lives today. Do we go chasing after things of the world, which cannot deliver happiness to us? We set things before us to “enjoy”…but are they the right things? Would the same prophet that spoke to Amaziah be speaking like things to us today? “How can things created by this world, make someone who is not of this world happy?”
Enjoy the humor in the scriptures, but also try to understand the gravity behind it.
You’re a believer right? Consider yourself to be a Christian. Why? For some, you always have been, you were “born” that way. For others…well, “it’s the right thing to do.” Some see a genuine life lived before them in a son or daughter of God, and want that for themselves…so they follow the lead they see put before them in a pastor or prophet.
As I have been journeying this month through the book of II Chronicles, I have found a couple places where it talks of “not preparing” your heart for the Lord. Some were leaders, some were followers, but ultimately, those that had not prepared their hearts to the Lord, were led away when the Godly influence was taken from before them.
Rehoboam had one of the most Godly parents you could have asked for. Sure, Solomon had problems when he was older and influenced by his wives, yet I think the example should have been prevelant before Rehoboam. Things go well when you serve the Lord, or not so well if you are not. Yet Chronicles says of Rehoboam “And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.” (II Chron 12:14) The terrible thing is he did evil. But why? He prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.
Forward to the people of Judah under Jehoshaphat. They had Godly leadership in King Asa as well as king Jehoshaphat. Yet it says of them…”for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.” (II Chron 20:33) So when the next bad king comes along – they went right back into idolatry!
Will your Christianity be this wishy washy? When your Godly influence is taken away from before…where will you stand? Have you prepared your heart to seek the Lord? It comes down to you seeking the Lord, individually. You can follow Godly leadership almost every day of your life, and act the part, and even believe what you are doing is good and right, but until YOU prepare YOUR HEART to seek the Lord, you might find that as you have been led to follow the Lord, so you could be led to follow after ungodly ways.
Prepare your heart.