Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Where Are They?

9 of 22 from Psalm 119

Psalms 119:65-72  TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.  (66)  Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.  (67)  Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.  (68)  Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.  (69)  The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.  (70)  Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.  (71)  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.  (72)  The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

            Have you ever had a day when absolutely nothing went wrong?  A day that you knew God had blessed you mightily.          A day the blessings flowed like “warm butter on a hot biscuit.”  I believe our Psalmist was telling us how God’s Blessings never stopped rolling.  (From my viewpoint, the Psalmist was notably “happy.”)  He was Praising God for all He had done.  It didn’t stop with Praise.  He continually asked God to “Teach me good judgment and knowledge… teach me thy statutes…” so he “might learn thy statutes.” 
            The thing we as Christians must understand, yes I said understand is that the Psalmist didn’t have a King James Bible sitting unread on his coffee table.  (The Psalmist was one of many writing The Word of God for us.  He was writing in Faith.)  He didn’t have The Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John to reference.  He didn’t build his Faith “on his daily reading.”  He wrote from his heart as God led him.
            Today we have a plethora of “Christian” churches all teaching “some person’s point of view.”  Supposedly, they have validated “their point” from some obscure verse in the Bible.  If they couldn’t find it their way, they created and wrote their own bible, or modified The King James Bible to agree with them.
            Where are our Psalmists’ who are praying and praising God, and even begging to be taught?  Our Bible Churches, (Churches which teach the Gospel of Christ, plus nothing, minus nothing,) are struggling with membership because it is “easier” to go to an “Oprah” church where sin is not discussed, and there are “millions” of ways to go to Heaven.
            Our God Loves All.  He tells us this over and over with Compassion and Love. 

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Yet, many people who call themselves “Christian” (after Christ’s Name) refuse to honour Him with Church attendance.  Heaven forbid they would go to Sunday School and be taught God’s Word.  (Where are the “multitudes” calling on His name?)  Many sleep in on Sunday.  Some are out on the Golf Course (weather permitting.)  Some are out doing anything (important stuff) to keep from honouring God.  Some are working.  I know we need income, yet there are too many who use this as their excuse to stay away.
            Where are they (the ones) that want to Praise God with their presence, their tithe, their offering, and their support of missions?  Where are they?
            Readers, “If I am speaking to you, today, this hour, determine in your heart to turn from your backsliding, and repent.  You have offended God by ignoring Him.  Determine today with a sincere heart, a true heart.  Get back to the Church that teaches from The Holy Bible, the one which praises God with its heart.  Don’t go just to be entertained.  Go to Worship God, and be a willing learner.” 
            Readers, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, know He Loves You, and the last thing He wants is for you to go into Eternity lost.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

All God is asking is that You accept His Son by believing God has raised Him from the grave.  He also asks that you confess that belief to another person.  If you do this with a sincere, truthful heart, God will save you. You will live eternally with God, His Son Jesus, and The Holy Spirit.  Today is the day, not tomorrow, today.  We have no guarantee of “a tomorrow.”  All we have is the “Now,” and it is “Now.”

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts       

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