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

 

 

 

New Sermons Added

Two new sermons have been added to the sermon page.

Two Ways of Life by Goldie Spearman

The Decline of the visible Church by Pastor Keith Brown.

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The Age of Accountability – Pastor Keith Brown

“This came up in the Bible Study last night and I offer it to you for your consideration. I am not laying this down as doctrine but it is certainly my personal opinion based upon my understanding of God’s word.

Hiscoming Ministries

Teaching Letter – January 2008

The Age of Accountability

I am sure we have all wondered at sometime or other, whether or not children are automatically saved. To put it another way, if a child of ten should die, does that child go to heaven, even without actually coming to faith? It’s a big question!

First we need to establish what God feels about children. Are they important to Him or are they just a necessary stage leading to adulthood?

The very best way to understand the heart of God on a particular matter is to look at Jesus in the gospels, because Jesus said:

“If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” John 14:7
“He that hath seen me hast seen the Father” John 14:9

So let’s not waste time, let’s discover what Jesus feels about little children.

“And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Matthew 18:1-5

“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” Matthew 18:10

I believe that these verses from Matthew 18 are sufficient to establish that God holds children in very high esteem. He values them greatly, and even says that adults must become like them.

So, knowing the great love and respect that God gives to little children, we must ask ourselves would God allow them to go into eternal damnation because they have not believed or have not understood the gospel.

But this alone is not sufficient to base doctrine on. The love of God for little children is beyond question, but we need clear biblical proof to back up what we feel and know in our hearts.

A strong, but not totally convincing, case can be made from the fact that in Jewish custom, a boy becomes a man at the age of 13 years (12 years for a girl). At that age they are deemed as being totally accountable and under Jewish law are able to enter into binding contracts and are expected to keep the law of God.

This custom is traced back to Genesis 34:25 when it is said of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi “took each man his sword”. Apparently, Levi was 13 years old at the time (I have not yet been able to establish this from scripture) and was the youngest male to be called ‘a man’ in the Torah. This information came from a Jewish Rabbi.

So, in orthodox Jewish tradition, the age of accountability is definitely considered to be 13 years old. Orthodox Jews are the custodians of the Torah. This, although quite weighty evidence, is not, in my opinion proof enough that God Himself recognises an age of accountability, especially where salvation is concerned. So let’s look further.

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin” James 4:17

In this verse, sin is committed when a person knows the difference between good and evil and then chooses not to do good. Small children especially have no concept of good and evil to be able to make that choice. So I don’t believe it is reasonable for our God, who esteems children so highly, to damn them because they are unable to discern between good and evil. So this is the route I am taking to prove the age of accountability. Here is a similar verse from the Old Testament:

“For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings” Isaiah 7:16

The quote from Isaiah above shows us that there is a period of time when children do not have knowledge of good and evil. That being so, how can they be held responsible for sin?

After their miraculous exodus from slavery in Egypt, Israel still disbelieved God and rebelled against Him on many occasions. God did not forget this rebellion, for unbelief is sin. God decreed that the Jews would not enter the Promised Land, but would wander in the wilderness for 40 years, until that unbelieving generation died of old age.

“After the number of days, in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years and ye shall know my breach of promise. I the Lord have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me; in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die” Numbers 14:34-35

But God made exceptions, not all would die in the wilderness, some would enter the Promised Land.

“Moreover, your little ones which ye said should be a prey (victims) and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it”
Deuteronomy 1:39

This verse is most enlightening. It speaks of the ‘little ones’ and the ‘children’. I would guess that the ‘little ones’ were those infants who we would still consider to be babies. What about the children? When does a child stop being a child? When is a child considered by God to be an adult? We shall answer those questions shortly. But notice first that these ‘little ones and children’ had no knowledge of the difference between good and evil, and because of that fact, God would not judge them for being part of that rebellion, but would allow them to enter the land!

It is because of this that God set a precedent! Only those over the age of 20 would be held accountable for the sin of this rebellion! Shall I repeat that?
God would judge ONLY THOSE OVER THE AGE OF TWENTY for the sin of this rebellion. Look at it in the word of God:

“Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARDS, which have murmured against me” Numbers 14:29

If you want more proof of this, turn to Exodus 30 and read about the command to pay the tabernacle tax in verses 11-16. Here, God only holds responsible for paying this tax, those who were 20 years old and above!

“Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the Lord” Exodus 30:14

God set a precedent. Only those 20 years old and above are accountable for their sin of unbelief and giving offerings unto the Lord.

So, how does God put this precedent into action?

“And He (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” 1 John 2:2

Now understand this, it’s so important. Propitiation means that God’s wrath against sin is satisfied. So God’s wrath against sin has been satisfied for all the sins of the elect. But it goes much further. Not just for the sins of the elect, but Calvary was sufficient to atone for the sins of the whole world! His sacrifice on the cross was always sufficient for ALL people at ALL times! But only the elect according to God’s foreknowledge (1 Peter 1:2) have availed themselves of this atonement BY FAITH (believing – read John 3:14-17)

But God Himself extends this atonement to those below the age of accountability, which have no knowledge of good or evil, and are not accountable to God for their sins. God set that age of accountability at all those under 20 years old! Such is His grace towards children. Calvary always has been and always is SUFFICIENT!

Studying this has been such a blessing to me and I really pray that it will bless you also. God has opened my eyes to this tremendous truth; I just pray that my efforts here to present this to you have been enough to convince you too.

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith

(1st February 2008)”

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 26th January 2014

“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:40

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matt. 24:33

Some see a contradiction in these two verses, but I can assure you there is none! There is only a contradiction when we fail to “rightly divide the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15

Many are going down the REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY road. This error says that God has finished with Israel and all the promises made to Israel now belong to the Church. But you can never understand biblical prophecy rightly unless you see that God has a separate plan for Israel and the Church.

In our verses above we see that (1) Jesus is coming when we are not expecting Him, and (2) by reading the signs of the times we can know that His coming is almost upon us. I believe both these statements are true because they speak of two separate events. You can only see this view if you realize the two separate plans God has for Israel and the Church in these end times.

When Jesus returns in the air, at the event we call THE RAPTURE, He is coming to collect His true Church and take them back to heaven. This event will come as a surprise to most Christians. Even though we preach it, we read about it, and pray for it, it will happen so suddenly that it will take us ‘off guard’, a big surprise to us if we’re honest. If we are ready, it will be a good surprise! But it will be at an hour “when ye think not.”

When Jesus comes in great power and glory at the end of the TRIBULATION, He is returning, with all His saints,(Jude 14) to rescue Israel from the clutches of THE ANTICHRIST, to judge the nations and to set up His earthly kingdom that we call THE MILLENIUM, that will last for one thousand years. (Rev. 20:4) This coming will be PREDICTABLE. Those that follow REVELATION will know just when that event will happen. When they see all the prophesied events happening, they will be able to say, “it is near, even at the doors.”

I know there are many today who say that the RAPTURE will happen at the same time as our Lord’s coming in power and glory at the end of the TRIBULATION. But if you look at the facts, I believe it is absurd to hold to this false view for several reasons. First, this false view has the CHURCH rising up in the air (THE RAPTURE 1 Thess 4: 13-18) and coming straight back down again! It’s what I call THE YO YO RAPTURE, and I have to ask, what purpose there is in that!

Even more importantly, if I understand my Bible correctly, the TRIBULATION will be such a terrible time that if the CHURCH were to go through it,there will hardly be any CHURCH left to rapture!

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” Revelation 13:7

So ANTICHRIST is given the power to make war with the saints, AND TO OVERCOME THEM! We know that those who refuse to take the MARK OF THE BEAST will be beheaded. (Rev. 20:4)

Jesus said, “I will build My CHURCH and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” Matt. 16:18

Was Jesus telling the TRUTH? If He was (and He certainly was) how come the ANTICHRIST is given power to overcome the CHURCH? Sorry, but this just doesn’t fit the scriptures. The “gates of hell shall not prevail against” the CHURCH because the CHURCH will not be on the earth at that time. SHE IS IN HEAVEN WITH HER LORD! The saints who ANTICHRIST is given power to overcome, are the TRIBULATION SAINTS. Those who are converted during the TRIBULATION, and are martyred for their faith. (Rev. 7: 13-17)

If we “rightly divide the word of truth” taking into consideration ALL THE SCRIPTURES and not just some isolated verses taken out of context, we will clearly see that the TRUE CHURCH is RAPTURED to heaven before the TRIBULATION. God hasn’t written Israel off. The REMNANT of Israel SHALL BE SAVED.

Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, THE REMNANT WILL BE SAVED. “Rom 9:27

“Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. “Rom 11:5

 “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “THE DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION, AND HE WILL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB;” Rom 11:26

We are living in the end times, and for the true believer in Jesus Christ, it’s getting very exciting as we watch and wait for our Lord!

Brotherly love…..Pastor Keith

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 19th January 2014

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 19th January 2014

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any man eat this bread he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this Man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me and I in him” John 6: 51-56

Many people trip up badly over this passage, it was never intended to be taken in a literal sense. The whole chapter had eating bread as it’s emphasis. It was coming up to Passover (V4) and the Jews would have been thinking about the Passover lamb that would be slain to commemorate the Israel’s miraculous deliverance from bondage in Egypt. It was with this backdrop that Jesus fed the 5000 plus with just five loaves and two small fish, a powerful message for all of them.

The very next day, crowds came seeking Jesus, possibly wondering if they would if they would get another free lunch! Jesus said to them:

“Verily, verily I say unto you, Ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled” John 6:26

The crowd spoke to Him of the manna that their fathers received in the wilderness and Jesus announced to them:

“I am the bread of life; he that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst” John 6:35

Jesus proceeded to give some very powerful teaching to the people. I shall be preaching to my congregation on some of these amazing verses this morning, but for now I hope you can see the background of our text above. The people were thinking of eating and drinking and Jesus used this theme to speak to them concerning Himself. I have already said that Jesus never meant these verses to be taken in a literal sense. Today, many do just that. They take the bread and the wine of the sacrament and falsely believe that it actually becomes the body and the blood of Jesus! (See the false teaching of the Council of Trent) In fact, the Lord’s supper had not taken place when Jesus spoke these words, and the sacrament not instituted.

It is absolutely absurd to think that this wonderful Saviour who gave His life for us on the cross, should be eaten by His followers! But this is what happens when people depart from the simple teachings of the Bible. I like the way that the Amplified Bible puts these verses.

“And Jesus said unto them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you cannot have any life in you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood (unless you appropriate His life and the saving merit of His blood)” John 6:53 AMP.

It’s in His life and blood that we have life! He is the BREAD OF LIFE, and just a bread is the mainstay of our diet, so Jesus is ESSENTIAL to us that we may know REAL LIFE!

This, after all, is the Gospel. The points that Paul made when He wrote to the Corinthian Church, the clear GOSPEL OF GRACE.

 

  • That Jesus died for our sins. (His precious body was broken)
  • That He was buried. (eaten up by the earth)
  • That He rose again from the dead. (new resurrection life) See,              1 Corinthians 15: 1-4)

 

Unless we appropriate His life and death – His body and blood – we cannot be saved. The word appropriate is given this meaning among others, in the Oxford dictionary –

 take (something) for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission:the accused had appropriated the property

To take something for one’s own use! Jesus not only gives us permission, He commands that we do so!

His very life and death saves us, when we make it our very own! What a Saviour! Let His life become your life! Paul, put it this way:

“I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20

Get to it, my friends! Appropriate His life and death – make it your very own!

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith

Blood Moon

Blood MoonJoe_2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Act_2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Rev_6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

There is quite a lot of fervour at the moment over the predicted ‘Blood Moons’ that will coincide with the Jewish festivals of Sukkot and Passover. Mark Biltz, the founder of El Shaddai Ministries,, a Hebrew roots resource and teaching ministry, has been giving convincing presentations, suggesting that this occurrence may be the fulfilment of the end time prophecy in Joel 2:31. In fact, the occurrence of these blood moons is not as unusual as it is being made out to be. To save space in this article, please check out this very reliable link that gives the details of Blood Moon occurrences .
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/07/12/lunar-eclipses-cause-blood-moons
Another Bible teacher John Hagee, has also been giving teaching on this subject, but because of his acceptance of the RCC, he is not a teacher that I would personally recommend as being reliable.
For the purpose of this article, I shall restrict my comments to what the Bible actually teaches.
Joel_2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
First let me show the the whole context of this verse.
Joel 2:30-31 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke, The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the TERRIBLE day of the LORD come”
Can you see the difference when we quote the whole text in question? I’ve heard all the emphasis on the Blood Moon, but nothing on the BLOOD AND FIRE AND PILLARS OF SMOKE on the earth or the sun being turned into darkness! We can’t just pluck out the part that suits our purposes. Please also note that Joel is talking about the TERRIBLE day of the Lord. I can only guess that the word TERRIBLE described an even worse period of time during the DAY OF THE LORD.
Now look at the timing. This passage comes in the verses that Peter quoted on the Day of Pentecoste. (Acts 2:17-21) but look at the preceding words that were not quoted by Peter.
“AND AFTERWARD…….I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh….” Joel 2:28
I ask you AFTER WHAT? The preceding verses in Joel 2 are talking about the coming of THE DAY OF THE LORD (The Tribulation)
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm in My holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD COMETH, for it is nigh at hand” Joel 2:1
The remainder of Joel 2 teaches the terrible things that will happen during the tribulation.
So the blood moon (moon turning into blood) will happen, WHEN? …..AFTER THE TRIBULATION!

The only other mention of the blood moon in the Bible comes in Revelation 6:12
Rev_6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
This occurrence will happen after the opening of the 6th seal, it will be accompanied by a GREAT EARTHQUAKE and starts what is known as THE WRATH OF THE LAMB (Rev. 6:16) Again, all this will happen during the DAY OF THE LORD – The Tribulation.
I am not expecting the forecast BLOOD MOONS to have any prophetic significance. And I sincerely hope that Mark Biltz, The Hebrew Roots Movement and John Hagee are not suggesting that we are now in the TRIBULATION, that would be a very serious error if they were.
I would also like to point out the danger in Bible Text Hunting to find verses that ‘fit’ certain world happenings. This is wrong. ALWAYS allow God’s precious word, the Bible, to teach us concerning what is going to happen. ALWAYS START WITH THE BIBLE not the other way around! Let the Bible describe end time events and form our beliefs. Don’t let end time events govern what we believe. It’s BIBLE FIRST ALL THE TIME!

Be blessed!
Pastor Keith (Hiscoming Ministries) January 2014

Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015? – Answers in Genesis

www.answersingenesis.org

In 2014 and 2015, a series of lunar and solar eclipses around the times of Passover and Sukkot are regarded by some as a fulfillment of prophecy regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 29th December 2013

“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” Genesis 19:26

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” Luke 9:62

 

Well, here we are, the last Sunday of 2013. No doubt there have been good times as well as bad, even some painful times, in this old year that is fast slipping away. Whilst a new year to us is probably something of a milestone, it is actually only a change of the date. But it does represent to us a line drawn, and the possibility of a new beginning.

All of us have had things happen and done things this year that we would rather forget about and put behind us. It’s when we allow the mistakes and sins of the past to rule our future, that we make the biggest error. Or even when we look back at our past sins and actually harbour some delight in them.

That’s where Lot’s wife became unstuck! She looked back a Sodom with some regret that it was being destroyed, perhaps secretly she had enjoyed that sinful place. The command not to look behind you (V17), had been like water off a ducks back! She had been disobedient.

Do we sometimes look back with some enjoyment at our sins & failings of the past? The things that we are now or should be ashamed?

“What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death” Romans 6:21

If we are to move forward in 2014, to grow more like our precious Lord, then we need to use the calendar change as a turning point, a line to be drawn, a point to move on from.

I am NOT advocating making a new year resolution, as the world does. That’s just an attempt to ‘TIDY’ up our outward life, to look BETTER to other people.

As Christians, we should allow our Lord, by His Spirit, to search our hearts, the bits that others rarely see. Repenting of those things that have GRIEVED our Lord and moving on with His divine help, to better things.

Let’s not look back with pleasure at things that we should now be ashamed of. 2014 can present us with a turning point in our relationship with the great God who created all things. It’s up to us to make it happen, and we start that process on our knees!

I wish you all a very happy and seriously blessed new year as we seek to please Him is all that we do.

Brotherly love…..Pastor Keith

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 17th November 2013

 

 “But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, behold a man gluttonous and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.” Matthew 11:16-19

Children are the same, the world over. They love to play games. In this passage, Jesus is referring to the children of His day, playing their favourite games – weddings and funerals. In the market places at the time of Jesus, children would call to one another to dance to their piped music in a game of weddings, or they would make a lot of noise, lamenting, as they played funerals. It was customary in those days to wail loudly at a funeral, even hiring professional mourners, because it was a mark of respect to mourn loudly. Children picked up on these things, just as they do today, and copied the adults, in their play.

But Jesus was referring to their CHILDISHNESS, which was acceptable and expected, among the little children, but WRONG when practised by adults. When music was piped, the children we EXPECTED to dance, as at a wedding. When playing funerals, they were expected to wail. If a child didn’t join in, doing what was expected of them, they were chided by their fellows. CHILDISHNESS, fine among the children but WRONG among the adults. Many ‘Christians’ today act CHILDISH when others don’t do what is expected of them, and when they don’t FOLLOW THE CROWD in Christian circles, and do, what everybody else is doing.

Whilst Jesus condemned CHILDISHNESS, He praised CHILDLIKENESS, and said it was a MUST among all believers.

“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein” Luke 18:17

A  little child shows unconditional trust. When my children were little, they are all grown up now, they used to hold dad’s hand when we went out. If we came to a busy road, they didn’t worry about when it was safe to cross, they had dad’s hand! They trusted dad to lead them safely across.

That’s how we should be with our heavenly Father. If you’re holding FATHER’S HAND, what have you to fear? Why are you anxious? Imitate their CHILDLIKE faith and trust! Keep holding onto FATHER’S HAND!

That’s how we should be with His precious word, the Bible. It’s God’s word to us. It’s as if He were standing next to us, talking us through life. That’s why I know that Jesus is returning to collect me and take me home, He has told be in His word.

“Let not your heart be troubled (if your holding on to FATHER’S HAND) ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; THAT WHERE I AM THERE YE MAY BE ALSO” John 14:1-3

I’m not going to argue about what Jesus meant here. I KNOW WHAT HE MEANT. He wants me to be where He is! He even prayed that it would be so.

“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, that they might behold My glory…..”John 17:24

Do you think that our Saviour’s prayer will go unanswered? It is enough for me that Jesus has told me in His word that He is returning to take me to be with Him in heaven. I’m looking for that day, I’m longing for His appearing and the sound of the trumpet! I’m going home – I’m holding on to FATHER’S HAND!

‘Christians’ can argue all they like, and say ‘it don’t mean that, it means this’ I feel sad for them. They are not holding onto FATHER’S HAND, and listening, as He speaks with them.

Come, as a little child, my friend. Hold onto FATHER’S HAND and believe Him. Let Him take you home!

Brotherly love…..Pastor Keith

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A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 20th October 2013

 “And He said unto them, Take heed, and and beware of covetousness: for am man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” Luke 12:15

What is the measure of our life’s work? I was thinking about this just the other day. I’ve reached the age of 66, worked hard for much of my life, at one point even having three jobs at once in order to ‘make ends meet’. My working life was cut a bit short by ill heath and on those grounds I had to retire early. I look over my life and think, what have I got? What have I achieved? What was it all about?

We all have different stories to tell, and are in different circumstances today, but as sure as night follows day, we will end up asking the same questions, What have I done with my life that is fast flashing past? No doubt, people will judge the success of my life on the size of the estate I leave behind when I die. BUT GOD HAS DIFFERENT VALUES!

With God, it’s not what we leave behind that counts, but WHAT WE SEND ON AHEAD!

“Lay NOT up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” Matt. 6:19-21.

Your life, in the eyes of men, consists of how good a job you have, how much money you have in the bank, how many THINGS you possess. What make of trainers do you wear, or if you have the latest iPhone in your pocket and are your children playing on the latest Game Console and watching the BIG plasma TV that takes up almost a whole wall in your home, these are the things that the world will judge your success by.

BUT GOD LOOKS UPON YOUR HEART! Do you really love Him? Are you serving Him to gain the applause of men or the approval of God? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, haven’t I? I’m getting near to heaven and I’m only concerned with the things that really matter now.

I remember years ago when I managed a shoe shop, we used to do a stock take about every six months. Everything in the shop had to be listed and counted. It’s a good exercise to do that with our lives at times. Have I laid up treasure in heaven? Are my motives for serving Him really pure? Jesus asked the Apostle Peter this question:

“Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” John 21:15

I sense our Lord asking that question of us at times. Of all that we have and of all whom we love, do we love Him MORE, MUCH MORE, than all these?

I am looking for the coming of Jesus. I’m looking for Him to come and take me home. I’m listening for the sound of the trumpet, I’m watching the signs around us that are signposts of His approaching. I long for the rapture. I long to be in that place He has gone to prepare for me. I ache to be gathered up and to be in that great throng around the throne and singing “WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN” Rev. 5:12 and to sit by the RIVER THAT FLOWS FROM THE THRONE OF GOD. Rev. 22:1 I can truly say that I am:

looking for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” Heb. 11:10.

You could say I’m homesick, for my true home is in heaven and I’m very eager to get there!

We need to be happy with such things as we need down here to live a comfortable and peaceful life whilst we await that trumpet blast. Remembering always that our earthly lives are not measured by the ‘THINGS’ that we accumulate here, but by those qualities that are noticed and recorded in heaven. Our true TREASURE is in the ETERNAL BANK of the vaults of heaven and not here on earth below.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be revealed in us”         Romans 8:18

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith

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