THE ROCK OF MY SALVATION
On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. I am completely assured, that my salvation was purposed by God, before a star ever twinkled in the sky (Eph.1:4). How can I be so sure you say? God’s word say’s so! And I believe God’s word! You see that’s the real difference between the true children of God, and the rest of the religious world! God’s people believe God’s word! We believe we are broke and have nothing to offer God! We believe our salvation is of God alone, through Christ alone! We believe it is not of our will, but of God who sheweth mercy (Rom.9:16). And the Lord’s word say’s that “FAITH IS A GIFT” (Eph.2:8,9). God chose a people, in Christ before the foundation of the world, Christ paid the price of their sins, by sacrificing Himself on that cruel cross! He then arose, death could not hold Him, and he sit’s on His throne today, making intersession for all those that the Father hath given Him! My salvation is Rock solid, because SALVATION IS OF THE LORD!
Pastor John Reeves
Thy people shall be willing
Willing for what? What are the people of God willing? Could it be to seek after God? If that were so, the scripture in Romans 3 would be a contradiction (There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God). And as we know the word of the Lord is truth! So, There are none who seek after him willingly! The nature of men fell in Adam! All mankind willingly follow their nature, being spiritually dead in trespasses and sin, we seek only the things that satisfy the flesh! This is why there are so many different types of man’s imaginary gods, we conjure up god’s to fit our hearts desire, according to what satisfies our nature, a deer eats vegetation, because that’s it’s nature! A lion will kill and eat meat because it’s their nature! The nature of man is sin and cannot understand Spiritual truths, for the truths of God are Enmity to our very nature (Rom.8:7). The Lord of Glory declares “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN” (Jhn.3:3), this is the work of God and God alone! Who has had anything to do with their own birth? To be born again means too be given a new nature, the old natural heart, must be removed and a new heart that desires the truths of God must be put in it’s place, a new man, a new will, notice the last half of the statement “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power,” it takes the power of God for life to form, and the power of God for men to willingly seek after him! man will not seek God until the Lord by His power gives Spiritual life, then once alive, seeing our desperate need of a Savior, we submit willingly, yielding, and fully to Jesus the Lord!
Pastor John Reeves
THY FIRST LOVE
Can you go back, to the time the lord first spoke to your heart, through the preaching of His Gospel? Remember how it was? like the demonic man, sitting at the feet of Jesus, in his right mind! I believe that is what this is talking about. For some, we became involved with the church, doing this or that to do whatever part we have been blessed to do, cooking, cleaning, grounds keeping, leading the music, playing the piano, bringing devotionals, teaching studies, even preaching a message. Have we become so wrapped up in spreading the Gospel, that our works are more forefront might I say, than He who is the Gospel? If your one of His? bought and paid for with His own blood! He will not leave you there in that condition! He may let us wonder off for a time only to bring us back again by His word! Through His word, we learn our weakness, and see His might! Through His word, we are taught “LORD, TURN US AND WE SHALL BE TURNED”. Through His word, we are reminded of His wonderful mercy! Through His word, we see His gracious love for His people! And we remember “OH HOW I LOVE JESUS, BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED ME”
Pastor John Reeves