Archive for April, 2014

Only Trust Him (Hymn)

Only Trust Him
John Stockton (1869)

Come, every soul by sin oppressed;
There’s mercy with the Lord,
And He will surely give you rest
By trusting in His Word.

Refrain
Only trust Him, only trust Him,
Only trust Him now;
He will save you, He will save you,
He will save you now.

For Jesus shed His precious blood
Rich blessings to bestow;
Plunge now into the crimson flood
That washes white as snow.

Refrain

Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way,
That leads you into rest;
Believe in Him without delay
And you are fully blessed.

Refrain

Come, then, and join this holy band,
And on to glory go
To dwell in that celestial land
Where joys immortal flow.

Refrain

O Jesus, blessed Jesus, dear,
I’m coming now to Thee;
Since Thou hast made the way so clear
And full salvation free.

Refrain

This great old hymn starts off with the grand invitation of the gospel: “Come, every soul by sin oppressed, There’s mercy with the Lord…”  Those are the words of the gospel and the invitation of Jesus to every sinner.  This hymn was first published in a hymnal called “Salvation Melodies No. 1” and that is a perfect hymnal in which to find it.  What must we do to be saved?  Only trust Him.  Only trust Him now.  What a great hymn and what a great truth for Easter Sunday!  We can trust Him.  He said that He would rise again, and, on the third day after his crucifixion, He did just that.  Have a wonderful Easter celebrating our Saviour’s love and triumph over the grave!

Saturday Psalm (4a)

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?  Selah.  But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah.

Psalm 4:1-4

Last Saturday, we looked at the first two verses in this Psalm.  Today, we will look at the next two.

Verse 3 tells us that “the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself” and that “the Lord will hear when I call unto him.”  We definitely want to be in that category.  We definitely want to be considered “godly” by God Himself.

It is the godly person that the Lord will hear.  We want the Lord to hear us when we call to Him.  And, to do that, we need to be close to Him.  We need to be following Him.  We need to be godly.

Verse 4 tells us to “Stand in awe, and sin not…”  Just thinking about the nature of God will help to keep us from sin.  Thinking about God’s omnipresence will remind us that God is watching us at all times and sees all that we do (or don’t do).  Meditating on his omniscience will remind us that God knows even the thoughts and intents of our hearts.

It will help us to think about and meditate on these things.  A good place to do that is “upon our beds.”  When all is quiet and still, it is then that we can really meditate on the Lord and the things of the Lord.  Let us use that time to draw nearer to the Lord.

The Romans Road, Pt. 5

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

Some Promises from Romans

We will end this series with some verses from the book of Romans that give some wonderful promises to Christians.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?  It is God that justifieth.

Romans 8:28, 31-33

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8;38-39

These verses are by no means all of the promises in the book of Romans, but they are all good ones.  What a wonderful Saviour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Romans Road, Pt. 4

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

How Do We Get This Salvation?

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.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:9-13

We saw yesterday how Jesus Christ became the perfect sacrifice for our sin.  We have no righteousness and must pay for our sin.  He has perfect righteousness and has already paid for our sin.  But how do we accept what He has done for us?  These verses give us a clear answer.

“…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.”  (vs. 9)  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (vs. 13)  It doesn’t get much clearer than those verses.

All we need to do to accept Jesus’ offer of salvation from our sin is to accept it.  We must believe in our hearts that what He has told us is true and we must “call upon the name of the Lord.”  There is no elaborate ritual that we must go through.  There is no amount of money that we must give.  There is nothing to do but believe on Him and call upon Him and He has promised to save any and all who will do so.

The book of Romans calls this wonderful offer of salvation a “free gift” three different times.  If you have never accepted this gift, won’t you do it today?

 

 

The Romans Road, Pt. 3

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

What Can Be Done About Our Sin

For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Romans 5:6-8

In the last two days, we have looked at verses in the book of Romans that show us that we are all sinners and that the wages of that sin is death.  If we were to stop there, mankind would truly be in a sad condition.  If we were all sinners and were all doomed to continue in and pay for that sin, we would be miserable and without hope.  Fortunately, that is not where things end.

We come to Romans 5:8, “But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  God loves us.  But God is also holy.  Something must be done about our sin if we are to have fellowship with Him.  God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sin.

One of the most famous verses in the Bible is 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.”

We are not perfect, but Jesus is.  And He became the perfect sacrifice for us and for our sin.  We can do nothing about our sin, but Jesus has done everything to take them away.  The wages of sin is death, and Jesus paid those wages on the cross.  What a wonderful Saviour!

The Romans Road, Pt. 2

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

The Consequence of Sin

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

We saw yesterday the fact that we are all sinners.  We saw that none of us are righteous and that we have all sinned.  Because we have all fallen “short of the glory of God,” we need salvation and we need a Saviour.  But that brings up the question: “what do we need to be saved from?” and “what is so bad about sin and/or being a sinner?”  These are the questions that are answered by this verse.

“For the wages of sin is death…”

That is a very simple and powerful statement.  Wages are things that we receive for work that we have done.  Just as we go to our jobs to collect our wages at the end of the week, so at the end of our lives will we collect our “wages” for what we have done while we lived on this earth.  Sadly, since we are all sinners, those wages are “death.”  “Death” in this case does not mean simply a physical death.  It refers to the “second death,” or spiritual death and hell itself.

That is a terrible fate for any man or woman, but that is the fate of all those who refuse the Saviour.  “For the wages of sin is death…”  We need to always be mindful of that truth.

The Romans Road, Pt. 1

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

Who Needs Salvation?

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Romans 3:10-12, 23

The simplest answer to the question “who needs to be saved” is this: everyone.  Every single one of us is in desperate need of a Saviour.  The great issue of life is this: sin and righteousness.  Sin is anything that goes against the laws of God.  Righteousness is the opposite of sin.  As it tells us in verse 23, “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  All of us have sinned.  None of us are perfect.  God’s righteousness demands absolute perfection and we all miss that mark by a long shot.

We are all, in our natural state, separated from God.  We are all sinners by birth and sinners by choice.  We all need a Saviour.  The Bible could not be more clear on this matter.  I believe that the more important something is, the easier God makes it to understand.  Over and over again we are told that there is “none righteous.”  And, if we somehow don’t understand that, God immediately repeats Himself – “no, not one.”

We are all sinner and we all need a Saviour.  Understanding this is the first step toward accepting that Saviour!

 

 

Only Once You Pass This Way (Hymn)

Only Once You Pass This Way
Johnson Oatman, Jr.

Do your best while life’s pilgrim way you tread,
Scattering sunshine while you may;
Bear in mind, while the precious seed you spread,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain
Only once you pass this way,
Only once you pass this way;
Be a blessing while you may,
Only once you pass this way.

Every day poor and needy you will find,
Filled with sorrow and dismay;
Do your best some poor, broken hearts to bind,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain

Tell the world that the Savior died for all,
Bid them ever watch and pray;
Lift your voice, shout aloud the Gospel call,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain

Be a brave, earnest soldier in the strife,
Then when comes the close of day,
May the world be the better for your life,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain

I enjoy this old hymn because of the important truth it makes us think of.  It is true that “only once we pass this way.”  This is the only life here on earth that we are going to get.  It is important to do all that we can for the Lord while it lasts.  It is important for us to remember the words of the refrain of this hymn: Only once you pass this way; Be a blessing while you may, only once you pass this way.”  What are we doing today?  Have we lived up to “May the world be the better for your life…?”  If not, let us get to work being a blessing!

Saturday Psalm (4)

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?  Selah.

Psalm 4:1-2

The first verse in this Psalm is typical of the Psalms.  The Psalmist asks God to hear him when he calls.  He tells God that He has helped him before when he needed it.  He asks for mercy and for answered prayer.  Those are common themes throughout the Psalms and are likely common themes in all of our prayers.

The second verse is the one we will look at today.  The writer turns his attention from the Lord to the “sons of men.”  He speaks directly to the people on behalf of the Lord and asks them “how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?”  “Leasing” is an archaic word that simply means “the act of lying.”

Why do people turn the glory of the Lord into shame?  Why do they love vanity?  And why do they lie so often?  When will they stop doing those things?  Those are good questions for us to think about.

People do “turn the glory of the Lord into shame.”  Everywhere you turn, people are taking the things that God has given them and blessed them with, and using them for all the wrong reasons.

People do love vanity.  Think about what most people spend their lives chasing after.  Most people spend their lives on things that really don’t matter.  Most people, after 70 or 80 years on earth, have really just wasted their time, following after vanity.

And we all know that lying is everywhere.

How long will these things last?  The answer is simple.  They will last until a person allows Jesus to run their life or until Jesus returns.  But they should not last even a day in our lives.  We must be on guard against them at all times!

Not By The Law

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:19-20

There are many people alive today who think that all they need to do to get to Heaven is to “be a good person.”  They think that, somewhere, there is some “scale of justice” on which all of their deeds, good and bad, will be placed.  And as long as their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds, then they will be ok.  Other people take this concept a little further and believe that as long as they follow the Ten Commandments, they will be ok.  But neither of those things is going to be enough.

These verses tell us that the law is there so that “…every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”  They tell us that “…by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.”  The law is there to show us just how far short we fall.  And, if the law of the Old Testament wasn’t enough, Jesus came and raised the bar for obedience.  The law says not to kill or commit adultery.  But Jesus said that if we hate our brother or look upon a woman with lust in our hearts, we have already committed those sins in our hearts.  The law is there to show us our sin and show us how bad it truly is.  But the law cannot save us – it can only make us guilty.

We need something else to take our sin away and, thankful, we have just that in the person of Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful Saviour!