COME YE APART

 

Sunday Thought – Sunday 14th May 2017

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Mark 6:31

So often, life can get the better of us, it crowds us in and demands far more than we able to give. We get worn down at times,and it does not only affect us in bodily tiredness, but can also send our health on a downward spiral. I am sure I am talking to many this morning who can relate to this, because it’s something that affects us all at one time or other.

If we are a true Christian, it not only takes it’s bodily toll on us but also can drain us spiritually. The big problem for us is admitting it! We don’t like to portray signs of weakness as Christians, we want everybody to see us as OVERCOMERS. Some even like to be seen as SUPA-CHRISTIANS, a self image where nothing of this world can ever get us down or make us weaker. But all of this is just a part of our human ego, and if we are really honest, not just with others but with ourselves also, we have to admit we can be brought low.

Jesus knew all about our weaknesses as human beings. For although He was rightfully God, He also became truly man.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” Philippians 2: 5-7

Jesus Himself knew what it was to be tired and weary and he certainly knew what it was like to suffer pain.

In our opening text, Jesus saw that the disciples were tired and weary. They had just returned from their preaching and ministering expedition, related to us in verses 7-13 of the same chapter. Then, after hearing of the death of John the Baptist, they had collected his body and gave him a proper burial. They were tired and weary, duties had taken their toll, and our precious Saviour Jesus saw this, and knew they needed rest.

Come ye yourselves apart….and rest a while” Our Lord told His disciples.

There are times when He says those words to us also. Are you tuned in to hear His voice? A couple of weeks ago I sent out a Sunday Thought on the subject of HEALING and mentioned that Jesus doesn’t always heal. I thank those who responded to that with positive comments.

I mention this because this is one of the reasons we don’t receive the healing we seek. Jesus allows us to become sick and weak in body SO THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR REST.

The pressures of this life are many, and especially so in Christian service. Please take a look and compare these two verses:

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2

For every man shall bear his own burden” Galatians 6:5

On the face of it you may think it looks like a contradiction, but God NEVER contradicts Himself! In the first verse (Gal.6:2) the word BURDEN means just that. It means A LOAD, A WEIGHT…we are to help others carry the weight of their load that often they cannot escape from.

In the second verse (Gal. 6:5) the word BURDEN means a TASK or SERVICE. They are different Greek words. We all have our various GOD GIVEN TASKS and OUR SERVICE FOR HIM that nobody else can do in our place.

So, we need to carry, conscientiously, the burden of our GOD GIVEN WORK but at the same time, help others carry the WEIGHT of their LOAD, that may be bringing them down low. None of us are exempt from obedience to what God is saying here. May our Lord search our hearts that we may do His divine will in these matters and rest a while, when we need to.

Love in Christ to you all…..Pastor Keith

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DISAPPEARING TRUTH

DISAPPEARING TRUTH

Pilate once asked Jesus “What is truth?” John 18:38 I’m thinking that maybe we need to ask, and answer this question again in our age. We are living in a time when mankind looks at truth as changing and relative to the situation we are in. This modern ‘take’ on truth cannot be found in the Bible. Biblical truth is always absolute and is unchanging. This is so because truth is rooted in God who always remains constant.

Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the TRUTH and the life….” John 14:6

Does truth really matter? A look at Christendom today would make one feel that truth doesn’t really matter, at least not to the majority of professing Christians. But a careful look at the Bible, which is God’s precious word to us, shows us that truth is of absolute importance.

First of all, we are required to have a ‘love of the truth’ From the Old Testament, the end of Zechariah 8:19 God says:

….therefore love the truth and peace”

In the New Testament, we are told that those who will perish, will do so because:

they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” 2 Thess. 2:10

This link between love and truth is brought out even more in 1 John 3: 18-19

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him”

This link between love and truth is extremely interesting. For we find today that it has become an ‘either or’ option for many professing Christians. The idea being that we need not bother too much about the truth, if we show the love! This is at the very heart of the social gospel preached by the majority in Christendom. It is seen as ‘right’ to show love, and to be loving to each other and to the lost, rather than get concerned for truth. This sentimental wishy washy love turns out to be not love at all, by Biblical standards.

We are exhorted in the text above (1 John 3: 18-19) to NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN TONGUE, in other words telling folk we love them, in itself is meaningless. Our love for others should be IN DEED AND IN TRUTH. We should show a practical love that is based in truth.

It’s no good being kind and showing love, even meeting some of the needs of people, if we don’t also share the truth with them. If we know they are lost, then we need to warn them of their lost condition. And, we can’t even do that unless we ourselves KNOW THE TRUTH How can we lead people to Jesus, if we ourselves don’t even know the truth about getting saved?

So many today are getting completely deceived, by believing a false gospel given by false teachers and prophets. The order of the day in most religious establishments is getting people into Church fellowships, rather than getting their name written in the Lambs Book of Life! In fact, I wonder how many have even heard serious preaching on the subject of THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE (Revelation 13:8; 21:27)

The false gospel preached today is usually a “Come to Jesus” “Give your life to Jesus” with the promise that everything will go well for you once you obey the call. THIS IS A FALSE GOSPEL. It doesn’t save anybody because it’s not grounded in TRUTH. Then we end up with the situation that Jesus Himself spoke of in Matthew 7: 21-23:

Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father 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 I will profess to them, I never knew you; depart from Me ye that work iniquity”

What’s the point of just filling up a Church building? (other than to get their money?) Shouldn’t we be more concerned with populating heaven?

There is no salvation without REPENTANCE, and nobody can come to Jesus unless they are first drawn by the Father.

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day” John 6:44

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37

In my experience, I have found that many people like the idea of truth, as long as it doesn’t cross their preconceived ideas. If the truth demands change, then the truth is rejected. It’s often a case of ‘I believe what I believe, regardless of what the Bible actually says’

If we do not have a LOVE OF THE TRUTH, and allow the TRUTH to change our thinking, our ways and our very life, then we cannot be genuinely saved. I make no apologises for saying that because this is TRUTH.

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” 2 Thess. 2:10

The REAL Church of Jesus Christ is founded upon TRUTH. It is founded upon Jesus Christ, who is THE TRUTH. Throwing truth out the window, because it doesn’t fit our agenda or thinking is just another way of rejecting Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Reject Him at your peril.

…..the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” 1 Timothy 3:15b

If your Church is not that, then it’s not a real, genuine Church.

Pastor Keith Brown 

ETERNALLY SECURE

 

ETERNALLY SECURE

 

 

I have a son, his name is Simon. He is the Hiscoming Ministries Web Master. I love my son, he is a good son to me. But, even if that were not so, if he was a rotten son and went against me in everything, HE WOULD STILL BE MY SON. He is my son by birth, and nothing in this world can ever change that.

 

I was born again 48 years ago (25th October 1966) I was made God’s son by the new birth in the Holy Spirit.

 

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:15-17

 

 

No matter what happens, I will always be His child and He will be my Heavenly Father. Just as we can’t undo and natural birth, and be unborn, so we cannot undo a Spiritual birth and be unborn again!

 

 

When we are truly saved, we are kept by the grace of God. We don’t hold onto Him, He holds onto us!

 

 

Many believe in a vile doctrine that the once truly saved can be lost again. This is GROSS ERROR. In other words, they teach that our continuance in salvation and favour with God, depends upon how we live. It’s a works salvation. Believing this, one would have to WORK at keeping our salvation. I praise God that my salvation is ALL OF HIS GRACE and that by His grace HE WILL KEEP ME.

 

 

When we are truly saved, the Holy Spirit seals us.

 

 

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” Ephesians 4:30

 

 

This sealing by the Holy Spirit denotes OWNERSHIP.

 

 

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price…..” 1 Cor. 6:19-20

 

 

This sealing of the Holy Spirit also denotes Divine protection. We are SEALED unto the DAY OF REDEMPTION. Nothing can undo this divine sealing by God’s Spirit.

 

 

The other side of the coin, if we reject Eternal Security, is PROBATIONISM. In other words, He saved us, now it’s up to us to keep ourselves saved. If this is true (and it is not) then we can never be 100% certain at any time that we are still saved. How big does a sin have to be to cause us to forfeit our salvation?

 

 

I’m glad I have Eternal security. I have ASSURANCE of salvation, all the time. Nothing can ever take that away from me!

 

 

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

 

 

Pastor Keith. 28th February 2014

 

 

 

A Thought for This Lord’s Day

 

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A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 26th May 2013

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called; which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21

In my last year at school (I left school at the age of fourteen) I won the top science prize. It was always my best subject. I applied to work in a government laboratory, and was accepted, but my employment couldn’t start until I was sixteen years of age. So, I got a job as a junior salesman in a well known shoe shop. When I was sixteen, the call came to take up my position in the laboratory, but by then I was too settled in my shop job, and didn’t want to move. I worked my way up until I finally managed my own branch in Hornchurch Essex England.

I tell you this because I am so glad that God, although I didn’t know Him then, led me away from the scientific career, and drew me to Himself. I was finally saved at the age of nineteen. I had to turn my back on many of the things I once believed, because I realized that science was contrary to what God had declared in His precious word.

SCIENCE today, has become the god of the majority. They look to SCIENCE to solve all their problems and provide the answers to life’s questions. But, the great problem is, SCIENCE starts in the wrong place. It starts with unprovable statements that are treated as though they were facts. Take EVOLUTION, it is absolutely UNPROVABLE, because it starts in the wrong place, with blind assumptions that are just not true. It is then taught and treated as scientific fact.

In the beginning GOD created….” Genesis 1:1

That statement from God’s precious word is the only valid starting point.

Part of this GREAT END TIME APOSTASY is ‘Christians’ juggling around with the scriptures, trying to get them to agree with SCIENCE. This is an impossibility, because the BIBLE is TRUTH and SCIENCE is in ERROR. But they still try to explain the BIBLE by the tenants of their false god SCIENCE. They look to this FALSE GOD SCIENCE to solve all their problems instead of turning to the one TRUE GOD of the BIBLE.

The Apostle Paul tells young Timothy:

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of SCIENCE falsely so called; which some professing (Christians) have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”                       1 Timothy 6:20-21

Notice what is being said here. SCIENCE is described as profane and vain babblings”

which has caused PROFESSING CHRISTIANS to err from the TRUTH.

The Greek word translated as SCIENCE, actually means ‘KNOWING’ ‘KNOWLEDGE’ but modern day SCIENCE is not about KNOWING TRUTH but about GUESSING that is NOT established on FACTS. (Many of the so-called facts they use are UNPROVABLE)

Am I talking to any PROFESSING CHRISTIANS this morning who is making SCIENCE their god? Looking to SCIENCE will not meet your deepest needs. Only the one true GOD can satisfy the longing of the human heart. You were created for fellowship with God.

For by Him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities or powers; ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1: 16-17

You will never find true satisfaction apart from GOD. Your life will never be fulfilled until you find your peace in GOD. The god of SCIENCE can never do that for you!

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith

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