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The Just Shall Live by Faith

Walking by faith

Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus! We are living in perilous times today. We are in a day when everything we count as truth is being challenged on every side. If things continue as they are, we will see a day when those that choose to live by God’s word, will be considered a cult.

The apostle Paul truly hit the nail on the head when he told Timothy “In the last days perilous times shall come.” As we see this quickly approaching, what can we do to guard ourselves of the oncoming bombardment of a “lack of faith”?

Jesus said, in Luke 18:8 “When the son of man cometh, shall he find faith on earth?” We see all around us, men and women who are abstaining from worldly pleasures, fashionable attire, living a plain lifestyle, having Godly homes and families, standing for truth, and we thank God for them, but are they living by faith?

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Praying Till We PRAY

Dr. Moody Stuart, a great praying man of a past generation, once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. Among these rules is this one: “Pray till you pray.” The difference between praying till you quit and praying till you pray is illustrated by the American evangelist John Wesley Lee.

He often likened a season of prayer to a church service, and insisted that many of us close the meeting before the service is over. He confessed that once he arose too soon from a prayer session and started down the street to take care of some pressing business. He had only gone a short distance when an inner voice reproached him. “Son,” the voice seemed to say, “did you not pronounce the benediction before the meeting was ended?” He understood, and at once hurried back to the place of prayer where he tarried till the burden lifted and the blessing came down.

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We are too far removed from the actual scene to catch the atmosphere of dismay the Christians of that day felt.

Peter had moved from Pentecost to prison, from jeers to spears. He was guarded by sixteen soldiers. One wonders why such a defenseless man needed such a group to watch him. Could it be that Herod feared the supernatural, seeing he knew that Jesus escaped such a group that guarded Him?

Had Peter been hedged in by sixteen hundred soldiers, the problem would not have been increased nor the escape less sure. Peter was bound not only by two chains, but also by the thick walls of the prison, by the three wards of the prison, and finally by an iron gate.

When Peter is in prison, does the church organize a plan to get him released? No. When Peter is jailed, do the believers offer a plea to Herod or suggest a price to offer the lawmakers for his freedom? No. Peter had released others at the hour of prayer; now others must believe for his release.

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A Defense of Passion, Joy, and Zeal for the Things of God

It is no sign one way or the other, that religious affections are very great, or raised very high.

Some are ready to condemn all high affections: if persons appear to have their religious affections raised to an extraordinary pitch, they are prejudiced against them, and determine that they are delusions, without further inquiry.

But if it be, as has been proved, that true religion lies very much in religious affections, then it follows, that if there be a great deal of true religion, there will be great religious affections; if true religion in the hearts of men be raised to a great height, divine and holy affections will be raised to a great height.

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Bound by Chains

BlacksmithIt is told of a famous blacksmith of mediaeval times, that having been taken prisoner and immured in a dungeon, he conceived the idea of escaping, and began to examine the chain that bound him, with a view to discover some flaw that might make it easier to be broken.

His hope was vain, for he found, from marks upon it, that it was one of his own workmanship, and it had always been his boast that none could ever break a chain that he had forged. And now it was his own chain that bound him!

It is thus with the sinner. His own hands have forged the chain that binds him—a chain that no human hand can break. There is only one way of deliverance. Jesus can break the chains—Jesus alone! Seek His help in your need.

He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood avails for me.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36

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A Tame Wolf


A wolf can be tamed but no matter how carefully you may train it, it will still be a wolf, and its wild nature may break out at any time. Some years ago a gentleman brought a young wolf from Russia, and it became so tame that it followed him about like a dog; and the children played with it, and it never harmed them in the least

But one day its old nature broke out, and it attacked its master, who fought with it for half an hour, and would have been killed, had not a man come to his assistance, who shot the brute.

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What is Your Ishmael?

Abraham sends away Hagar and IshmaelThe Promise

Before there were Bible schools, seminaries or colleges…before denominations, creeds, councils or even churches, there was only a Promise. While still in the pagan city of Haran, Abraham heard that promise and responded:

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him…” (Gen. 12:1-4)

That was all Abraham needed to hear—it was as simple as that.

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