Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Intolerance of Darkness

Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

 

The ideological division that the nation and the world is facing today is the age-old conflict between faith and unbelief. The Lord Jesus explained it well with the metaphor of darkness and light in John 3:18-21, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” But, there are those Christians who believe that the polar opposites of the sinful rejection and disobedience of the darkness of unbelief and the accepting embracement and dedicated obedience of the light of Christian belief can somehow exist without conflict or compromise. 

 

Psalm 18:28 “For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.”

 

This mentality has led to the watering down of the Christian faith by many, the acceptance of sin against God and man without conviction, the non-necessity of our Creator God in life and the preaching of the false “gospel of permissive grace” that has led to the decline of the Christian church and their influence on the culture and society with the “Good News” of forgiveness and salvation in the Savior Jesus Christ as Lord, advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven and ,therefore, sacrificed the peace. The light retreated and darkness advanced because unholy unbelief caused (so-called) light to compromised the holy Word of God, commandments and statutes of Almighty God. 

 

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

Out of the fear of appearing intolerant, many in the Christian church have hidden the light from the lamp of truth and allowed the darkness of sin and unbelief to pervert the truth and dominate society, throwing the light into the closet of the four walls of the church, and all-the-while rejecting, ridiculing, slandering, and criminalizing the character and institution of the children of God and crippling its ministry impact. It will not be tolerated. The result has been the Christian church becoming a more “interpersonal relationship” focused organization than a Christ-centered, Bible-believing, Disciple-making and a declining membership. Evil is called good and good is proclaimed evil. The message of “tolerance of sin” instead of “repentance of sin” has caused the loss of the “understanding of sin” and the respect of God or Christ, fostering unbelief or false belief. It truly is rebellion against their Maker. It saves no one because they remain in their willful sin and the wrath of God abides on him. They neither have true life or eternal life. Their life of "glory be to me" is a lie unto death and eternal damnation. Return to God.

 

1 John 5:12-13 “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

 

Time to shine the light of truth in Christ in a dark world. Now the truth and speak the truth in love. 

In Christ and making disciples, Brian


Monday, September 28, 2020

As a Thief in the Night – Part 4

 

 

It is good and well to delve into End Time prophecy and learn more about it with awe and wonder, but remember that we should all want to be on the “Welcoming Committee”, not the “Programing Committee”. We should be careful not to let our Theological systems of understanding End Times in the Bible allow us to potentially miss the joy of His coming. The true details of that day and time belong to Heaven and no one, except God, knows exactly when it will happen. 

 

The next question is: “What should we do while we are waiting?  The fourth thing that the Apostle Peter wants us to know about the end times is that we should live godly obedient lives as we wait for His return. In 2 Peter 3:11-12a, the Apostle tells us, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God”. This is how we wait well for Jesus. The Apostle goes on to tell in 2 Peter 3:12b-13 that, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” Remember that as a born again child of God, we are citizens of Heaven and this earthly pilgrimage, possessions and property is not our home. We are living for new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells. We are going to be there!   

 

Revelation 21:1-7 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

 

Are you prepared for the moment that Jesus returns? One of the biggest reasons that this pandemic has been so devastating is that our world, largely speaking, was not ready for it. We were not prepared. Everyone will under-equipped, with no known medicines, and the few treatments that finally arisen where in extremely short supply. The previous years of research on viruses did not prepare us for this pandemic. The world was not ready when this one hit. We were not prepared. Our health, our nations and governments are not guaranteed, but there is One that we can depend – the Lord Jesus Christ. In contrast to the unpreparedness of the world during when the Coronavirus hit, but God is prepared and has a plan for the End Times, so we can be excited about it. We are not just randomly here. We are here with a plan.

 

And that plan includes sharing the “Good News”, not just to share the news. Turn on any television, Cell phone or computer and you hear news on COVID-19. But, GOd says that those of us who have seen and tasted the goodness of the Lord should not be silent, especially during these times. This is the time to speak up about our testimony, the power of God, and the “Good News” of Jesus Christ., helping the world to find salvation at the foot of the Cross and get ready for His Second Coming. Like Jesus said in Matthew 24:14“this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  Are you prepared for your Savior’s return? Are you ready to meet Him face to face? Would your life have enough evidence that you are a “born again” Believer? Or, you one of those who will say, “I was still undecided about God, the Bible, Jesus Christ. I didn’t see it coming. I thought that I had more time.” 

 

Our lives should reflect that expectant reality that the End Times will happen and Jesus is coming soon. We are all living in our last days, whether or not we are living in the last days. I’ll see you here, there or in the air.    

    

In Christ, Brian

Sunday, September 27, 2020

As a Thief in the Night – Part 3

Ezekiel 18:23-32 “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die. 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27 Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. 28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

 

The 2000 plus years since Jesus’ ascension may seem like a long time, but it is really not. In 2 Peter 3:8, the Apostle makes it a point to paraphrase Psalm 90:4 “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.” God created time but God is not confined by time. God operates within time because his creation (including us) are confined by time. In Heaven the length of eternity will be compared to the shortness of time on earth. James 4:14 says, “You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” I

 

In 2 Peter 3:9, the Apostle tells us, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, the Apostle Paul instructs us, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

(3) The third thing that the Apostle Peter wants us to know about the end times is that Jesus is coming back soon. In 2 Peter 3:9a, the Apostle tells us, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” In Matthew 24:40-42, the Lord Jesus says, “Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” The whole point is that we are not to fear and panic about the end of the world. The point of the Apostle Peter and Jesus’ words as a reminder are to stay awake, be aware and “remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles”. Live like today is the day that Jesus returns because it very well could be. 

 

Habakkuk 2:3 “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”  

When the Bible tells us that Jesus is coming back soon, we naturally ask: When is that happening? God says, “Trust Me”. We live in expectancy for that day, but to live every day for Jesus. The Apostle John tells us in Revelation 1:1-3 “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”  

Let's conclude Pastor Kyle's message on the "End Times" in the next post. 

In Christ, Brian

Saturday, September 26, 2020

As a Thief in the Night – Part 2

Matthew 24:3-14 “As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

 

We are not the first people to be trying to figure out if we are living in the “End Times”. We now have the vehicle for the gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations. That’s something to think about today. There is also the “Abomination of Desolation” and “the Tribulation” before Christ return. But, Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Only God the Father knows when the end of days is coming. Jesus said to His disciples again in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. Jesus goes on to say that what matters most is that we all are ready. Additionally, Jsus instructs His disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

Revelation 6:10-17 tells us, They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. 12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

 

It will be cataclysmic at the end. The Apostle Peter tells us “you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles”. The reason to keep these Scriptures fresh is not to scar us; its so that we will be ready for the end times. The goals is to encourage us, to know what is happening and know how to respond when you see these events taking place, if they happen in your lifetime. It doesn’t mean to watch the news daily with your Bible open comparing or figuring out who are the figurative figures in Revelation are. We are to be aware enough to recognize the events, but live in the daily Commandments of God without fear. 

 

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

 

(2) The reason that Jesus has not returned yet is because God is patient and wishing that no one should perish. The Apostle tells us, “that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming?” The rise in scoffing about God’s existence, His Creation of the Cosmos, the anthropic Earth, the origin and purpose of life and about Jesus Christ will return and exponentially grow in the last days. The willful and ignorant sinners on earth who reject God and His teachings, statues and commands, those who are perishing unto eternal damnation in Hell, will misinterpret God’s patience against the truths in the Bible. When the end comes, judgment will come to the wicked unbelievers. Scoffers in unbelief will misinterpret God’s patience and subsequently twist that since “all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation” to mean that God is not real and that Jesus is not really coming, but actually God’s is just buying time for those very scoffers.  


Let's continue Pastor Kyle's message on End Times in the next post.

In Christ, Brian

Friday, September 25, 2020

As a Thief in the Night - Part 1

This last Sunday Pastor Kyle continued in our church’s sermon series through the New Testament book of 2 Peter. He opened by stating that over the years, he has observed something about thieves and that is that they never phone ahead or leave a text message to let you know they are coming. They don’t do that because you’d make all kinds of preparation ahead of time. What’s makes thieves successful in their deeds of darkness is the element of surprise. The Apostle Peter tells us that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.

Jesus is not going to by giving us a heads up of His “Second Coming”, it’s just going to happen one day. With all that is happening in the year of our Lord - 2020, are we living in the last days? Life is short and we are all going to one day meet the Lord, whether through our own death or when Jesus returns. Even if we are not living in the “End Times”, we are supposed to be living here and now as if we are and Judgment Day is just around the next bend in our journey. 

 

2 Peter 3:-1-13 “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a housand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

 

In the Apostle Peter’s last days, he wanted to make sure that all of us understood that we are to live with a sense of expectancy and urgency of the Lord’s return. 1 in 30 Bible verses talks about the “end times”. 216nchapters in the New Testament contain over 300 references to the “End Times”. 23 out of 27 New Testament books talk about the “End Times”. This has been a hot topic since Christ’s first visitation and ascension to Heaven. There are four things that Peter wants every Christian to know about the end times. Keep the predictions and the Commandments of God’s Word fresh in our mind. (1) The Apostle uses the tool of reminding when he says. “I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.” Sincerity in the Christian faith is always a great thing, but reminders are still necessary for all of us. 

 

In our last sermon, we talked about how important it is to remind ourselves about sin and its consequences, no matter how many times we think that we’ve heard it. This week, Peter tells us that it is important to remind ourselves of God’s Word in the Holy Scriptures of the Bible and to keep it fresh in our minds. But specifically, the Apostles mentions two aspects of God’s Word that we need to keep fresh. The first one is the predictions of the holy prophets. The second thing is the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.


Let's continue Pastor continue Pastor's Kylee on the "End Times" in the next post.

In Christ, Brian

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Is It Well With Your Soul? - Part 2


Men and women begin to stumble when they focus on the selfish motives of their sinful flesh. According to verse three of this Psalm, when Asaph looked through eyes of envy and covetousness at the seeming prosperity of the wicked, he began to lose his joy. The evil seems to be better off than those who profess the Lord’s righteousness. The foolish who prosper in the riches of this world wear their pride like a golden chain. They look for opportunities to exert their power over the righteous. They revel in their pride and in their power over their innocent victims. The ungodly even dare to speak to God as if they are powerful and God is not.

The anarchist “political correctness” in our culture is evident. With on-line learning during the Corona virus social distancing mandate, one patriotic student in class was not allowed to show his face in the video call since he had an American flag on his wall. God’s holiness starts with separation from ungodly, evil practices. Holy means to separate from the darkness of this fallen sinful world according to the purpose for which God has called us.  

In Psalm 73, the Psalmist laments about the oppressiveness of the wicked and the darkness of this fallen world. However, there is an inflection point, a point of repentance ... of turning around. In verse 17, the Psalmist said, when I went into the sanctuary, into the house of the Lord, then I understood their end. He shifted his focus from the darkness of the world into the light of the sanctuary, where God dwells. The sanctuary is the place where God is welcome to help Himself to the lives of His people. According to 1 Corinthians 6, Paul wrote by God’s inspiration, “Do you not know that you (collectively) are the body of Christ, the temple, which is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit? In the sanctuary, God revealed the end of the destruction of the evil that permeates this sinful world of darkness. According to verse 18surely he has set their feet on slippery places. When the blind lead the blind, they both fall in the ditch.

God allows the prosperity of the worldly people, to allow them to fall in their own pride and conceit. The outcome of the ungodly will come to naught. Therefore, the Psalmist concludes that nevertheless God has taken hold of our right hand. The right hand is the hand of blessing. When confronted by the darkness of this world, our responsibility is our response to His ability. Our responsibility is to walk in the light as He is in the light

Psalm 73:26-28 “My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.”

 

Our calling isn’t to condemn the unjust, but that God through His mercy and grace would turn their hearts from the darkness of this sinful world and unto the glorious light of the gospel of truth through Jesus Christ. Our calling is not to be overcome by evil but to overcome evil with good. Our Lord Jesus Christ came not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Jesus Christ is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Despite the darkness of this fallen world, our joy is in the Lord and our hope is in the redemption of our vile sinful bodies, His purchased possession, at His return. Therefore, let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven. Whom have I in heaven but you Lord? ... our flesh and our heart will fail, but our portion is in you alone ... for in Thee and in Thee alone, it is well with our soul ... that we may ever live to the praise of the glory of Thy grace!

Your brother in Christ, Michael


Is It Well With Your Soul? - Part 1



This week, Michael says: The question for today is, “Is it well with your soul?” If we look at the world around us and at our own circumstances, we’ll be stressed, depressed and distressed. However, our joy is in the object of our joy ... our joy is in the Lord. Joy is not the absence of pain; joy is the presence of the Lord. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Through it we make a deliberate choice to position our heart inside of God’s heart. Therefore, Philippians 4:4 says, Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. Within the joy of the Lord, although the storm rocks our boat and the waves crash around us, it is well... it is well with our soul.

Psalm 73 is a Psalm of Asaph, one of David’s chief choir directors. David himself was a musician. Part of rejoicing is to lift up our voices as a choir in harmony unto the Lord as we “tune our hearts to sing thy praise.”

According to Psalm 73:1-28 “Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was

envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no pangs in their death, but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men, nor are they plagued like other men. Therefore, pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment. Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish. They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks through the earth. Therefore, his people return here, and waters of a full cup are drained by them. And they say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?” Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches. 


Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children. When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me—Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awakes, so, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image. Thus, my heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind. I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.  Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.  But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.


It’s easy to stumble when we look at the sinful world around us. The Psalmist began this psalm with a lamentation. It seems that the world around us is full of chaos, confusion, darkness and evil. Why would God allow the darkness? From the perspective of our fallen sin nature, God will appear like an unkind friend, an unnatural Father and an unrighteousness judge ... but he is not. God is not like the injustice and the unrighteousness of this fallen world. If we look around us we’ll be stressed, if we look at ourselves, we’ll be depressed, if we look at others, we’ll be distressed, but if we look at the Lord, our God through Christ’s eyes behind our eyes, we’ll be blessed.

In verse 2 the Psalmist looks at the battle inside his own soul. The Apostle Paul said, “I buffet my body to bring it under control”. The spiritual battle is first a battle for our own soul ... for our own hearts and minds. In 2 Peter, there are seven characteristics to add to our faith to make our calling and election sure2 Peter 1:5b-9 “add to your faith virtue, (superior excelling excellence) to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love (the unconditional love of God). For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” If you give your utmost diligence to these things to make your calling and election sure, you shall never fall.


Let's continue Michael's message on the soul in the next post.

In CHrist, Brian