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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 7 No. 16 The Mirror Or The Window???

I am sure those of here in American are tired and weary of all the political bantering, accusations and meaningless promises, but why do we have this dilemma in our midst? I believe at least part of the reason, is that we have abandoned the foundations that God has given us to order our lives—both personal and national. We have done what humanity does by nature, we have turned away from God to go our own way—we have ‘sinned’.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned every one to his own way;

and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

We have made ourselves “god” and decided that we know best, and that we WILL go our own way. But that is exactly why Jesus came into this world, to deliver us from our SIN—and SIN is the issue. We have sinned by nature, the nature which we inherited from our ancestor “Adam” who chose to sin, (And yes I believe in a literal 6 day creation, a literal God who created all that we see, and a real man and woman whom God called Adam and Eve, who chose to believe Satan and not God!) but also by our own personal choice to SIN. We choose to do what we want to do rather than what God calls us to do—that which is always for our good.

And because we have gone astray from the ways of God and His Word, we are reaping the consequences of our choices. We have expelled God from our homes, our schools, and the public square (and many of our churches)—how can we expect to prosper when we continue to walk away from God? We can’t. So what will our future be? It will be a reflection of our choices, regardless of what (or who) they are. Will we choose to stand for truth or cave to the pressure and lies of the world! And in our current cultural climate, if we choose to stand for truth, we must be prepared to pay those consequences also. The consequences of following Jesus–Who is the TRUTH—in a world pervaded by deception will probably not be pleasant or popular, that I can almost guarantee!

But as believer we are called to obey our Lord in all our ways. Even when that obedience may call for “civil disobedience”! Now, I’m not talking about riot or chaos, but I am suggesting that if we choose to stand on the Word of God without compromise, we may be in the position of having to choose whether to obey God or man. We must determine what we believe and how firmly we believe it! If the gospel is true, and Jesus is the only way to God, then we are obligated to proclaim the truth with all our being, regardless of the personal cost to carry the cross. We must decide if we have only “one” message, or if we’ll join the worldly cry that “We’re all going to the same destination, we just choose different ways to get there”? If Jesus isn’t who He said He was, is and ever shall be, then we have a real dilemma! But if Jesus is God—and HE IS—then we have to decide if we will believe in Him and proclaim that truth fearlessly, or accept the consequences of rejecting HIM and HIS Word.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

Jesus is either the only way, or He is a liar and or a lunatic, who thought He was something He wasn’t. But the resurrection that we celebrate is the proof of His deity and overcoming power. He has overcome death, hell and the grave and I praise Him for His wondrous saving grace. It’s what Paul talked to the Corinthians about, and I join with him and proclaim unapologetically:

But we preach Christ crucified,

unto the Jews a stumblingblock,

and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24 But unto them which are called,

both Jews

and Greeks,

Christ the power of God,

and the wisdom of God.

25 Because

the foolishness of God

is wiser than men;

and the weakness of God

is stronger than men.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren,

how that not many wise men after the flesh,

not many mighty,

not many noble,

are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things

of the world

to confound the wise;

and God hath chosen the weak things

of the world

to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world,

and things which are despised,

hath God chosen,

yea, and things which are not,

to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30 But of him

are ye in Christ Jesus,

who of God

is made unto us wisdom,

and righteousness,

and sanctification,

and redemption:

31 That, according as it is written,

He that glorieth,

let him glory in the Lord.

2:1 And I, brethren,

when I came to you,

came not with excellency of speech

or of wisdom,

declaring unto you the testimony of God.

For I determined

not to know any thing among you,

save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”     1 Corinthians 1:23-2:2

It’s all about the CROSS! Apart from the cross of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for our SIN, there is no salvation, and hence no hope for mankind—or for you and me!!! Men, women, boys and girls across this world are faced with a decision: will they believe the Son or not? This is the choice that we all face. James talks about this principle and how it “looks”.

Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift

and every perfect gift

is from above,

and cometh down

from the Father of lights,

with whom is no variableness,

neither shadow of turning.

18 Of his own will begat he us

with the word of truth,

that we should be a kind of firstfruits

of his creatures.

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren,

let every man be swift to hear,

slow to speak,

slow to wrath:

20 For the wrath of man

worketh not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore lay apart

all filthiness

and superfluity of naughtiness,

and receive

with meekness

the engrafted word,

which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the word,

and not hearers only,

deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word,

and not a doer,

he is like unto

a man beholding

his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself,

and goeth his way,

and straightway forgetteth

what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh

into the perfect law of liberty,

and continueth therein,

he being not a forgetful hearer,

but a doer of the work,

this man shall be blessed in his deed.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue,

but deceiveth his own heart,

this man’s religion is vain.

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,

To visit the fatherless

and widows

in their affliction,

and to keep himself unspotted

from the world.” James 1:16-27

 

So the question that I asked in the title comes to us all; will we look through the window and see the world and follow their lead? Will we decide, “I can do that”, and follow the broad road to hell? Or will we look into that “perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein”, and experience the love and power of God in transforming, saving grace. We can choose to go our own way, even knowing it leads to destruction; or we can choose to follow Jesus and have the “abundant life” that Jesus came to give us? Imitate the world and die, or be truly transformed by the power of God and live—now and in eternity? The choice is yours—window or mirror!!! What will you do with your freedom of choice?

Will you look into the mirror of God’s Word, His love and His truth, and be a reflection of His character and grace to the world? Or will you continue to look out of that window and be deceived by the lies of the enemy of your soul? Jesus warned us about our choices—which road are you on?

Enter ye in at the strait gate:

for wide is the gate,

and broad is the way,

that leadeth to destruction,

and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate,

and narrow is the way,

which leadeth unto life,

and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets,

which come to you in sheep’s clothing,

but inwardly

they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:13-15

As an old song so clearly reminds us—only ONE WAY:

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee;

let the water and the blood,

from thy wounded side which flowed,

be of sin the double cure;

save from wrath and make me pure.

 

  1. Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

 

  1. Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross I cling;

naked, come to thee for dress;

helpless, look to thee for grace;

foul, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Savior, or I die.

 

  1. While I draw this fleeting breath,

when mine eyes shall close in death,

when I soar to worlds unknown,

see thee on thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee.

Author: Augustus M Toplady

Music: Thomas Hastings

              (Emphasis mine)

I pray that you will find the rock sufficient for your life—He has never failed me, ever. He is worthy of our devotion and trust; He died so YOU could have LIFE:

The thief cometh not,

but for to steal,

and to kill,

and to destroy:

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

The window of death, or them mirror of life, it’s your choice? Please choose wisely, your eternal destiny depends on it!