Iraqis are my neighbor?

For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the (statement),

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Gal.5:14 (Matt.22:39)

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“While I was writing this book, the United States entered into war with Iraq to remove from power its dictator, Saddam Hussein. Immediately, the local churches began placing American flags on the church lawns. Church billboards carried slogans such as: “God bless America”, and “Pray for our troops”. But I didn’t see even one billboard that said, “Pray for the people of Iraq.” Even though the purpose of the war was to remove Hussein from power, it was going to be the ordinary Iraqi people- men, women, children, and babies– who were going to die in the invasion. But apparently no church thought about reminding us to pray for them.” -David W. Bercot

 

 

Good Counsel

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Precede all your labors with earnest, diligent prayer. Do not rest on the number of tracts you have given because a million tracts may not lead to the conversion of one single soul. Yet, a blessing beyond calculation may result from one single tract. Expect everything to come from the blessing of the Lord and nothing at all from your own exertions.”

George Muller
The Autobiography of George Muller

from Today’s Grace Quote at  www.thegracetabernacle.org.

Revival in Haiti: Fasting and Prayer

You will not see a report of this true work of God on the satanically controlled MSM, or announced by the Beast world government system, or praise given to God by the Babylonian religious establishment. BUT GOD is bringing His sheep into His fold as He brings them to repentance and faith! He is bringing His people through the purifying fires of affliction, and leading them to repentance that their faith may be found as pure gold for the love, devotion and worship of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. May we also be brought to fasting and prayer– and repentance.

Thanksgiving to God for His mercy in bringing His people to repentance and faith, for His glory and for their joy. Thank You Lord for the work of Your Spirit among the beautiful Haitian people. Praise to God.

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the Throne of God Above
words by: Charitie L. Bancroft, 1863
tune by: Vikki Cook, 1997 (?)
listen to the tune here at Sovereign Grace Music

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Witnessing and the Holy Spirit

Over the last few weeks I was within the hearing of some anointed Gospel street preaching (as well as Bible preaching in church) by men filled with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no true witnessing or Gospel proclamation. I’m exhibit A of the train wreck that occurs when attempting to witness without the power of the Holy Spirit.

There is so much to this extremely important topic; it is vital to learn it and live it if we are to be useful to God as His vessels. He fills His clay pots with the Holy Spirit. Only then are they used. This gives God all the glory! We know all true believers are indwelt and sealed with the Holy Spirit. I am speaking here of the filling or empowering of the Holy Spirit for fruitful service, which comes by faith, prayer, repentance and obedience. Here are a few quotes from “The Church’s Greatest Need”, by E. Reisinger.

The Holy Spirit is the source of all spiritual witnessing and all spiritual worship; He is also the “Divine Agent of Evangelism”.

The power of the church for her external work will be proportionate with the power which dwells within herself.

Gauge the power of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers and you may fairly judge their influence upon unbelievers.

We ourselves, must first drink of the living water before the rivers of living water will flow out to the unconverted.

Without the Spirit there will be no conviction. Without the Spirit there will be no conversions. Without the Spirit there will be no Spiritual growth. Without the Spirit all preaching and witnessing is in vain.

The Holy Spirit at Pentecost produced powerful evangelistic preaching.

The answer is Spirit-breathed, Christ-centered, Bible preaching in the power and unction (anointing) of the Holy Spirit. Only the Spirit can bring conviction.

..if He does not so work we should search ourselves to see what it is that hinders, and whether there may not be somewhat in ourselves which vexes Him, so that He restrains His sacred energy and does not work among us as He did before. (He is referring to repentance.)

No acceptable action of the Christian life can be performed without the Holy Spirit.

The Bible makes two things very, very clear in connection with the fulness and power of the Spirit. First, prayer (Luke 11:13). Secondly, obedience (Acts 5:32).

The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods but through men. He does not anoint plans but men.

Knowledge comes by studying. Power comes by prayer and fasting.

Everything that grieves the Spirit must be put away. (He is again referring to repentance of sins.)

We will not have the power of the Holy Spirit without importunate earnest prayer (Acts 1:14 preceded Acts 2; Luke 11:9-13).

You might also like to see the post, The Power of the Holy Spirit, and listen to The Holy Spirit is the Witness, by Joseph LoSardo.

Keys to Biblical Evangelism

Here is an interesting article by Mike Ratliff:

Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:4-5 WEB)

Evangelism that is biblical is not numbers or results based as if it is a process we can control through methodology. The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism, on the other hand, is totally numbers or results based, and, therefore, uses methodologies to boost perceived effectiveness by increased numbers of “decisions for Christ.” The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism assumes that God is helpless to save anyone outside of their efforts. It ignores passages such as John 3:5-8 and Ephesians 2:1-10.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8 WEB)

In this passage, Jesus tells us that people are Born Again by the Spirit and His work in this is like the wind which no one can control or perceive.

Read the rest of the article here.