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Stand Fast

Posted in Devotional Corner on April 26, 2013 by Stephen Hare

 

Stand fast therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, and don’t be entangled in any yoke of bondage.

We are to consider or “reckon” ourselves to be “dead indeed” with regard to sin, but alive in regard to righteousness.

Stand fast is an archaic term these days, but it meant “Hold your ground”, or “Hold your position”.

You don’t have to strive to get where your at, but it requires effort to stay or remain where you are. In other words, you don’t have to try to get into a room you’re already in. That would be silly – and an excercise in futility.

Conversley, you don’t have to remain in a prison cell that you have been freed from. Why would you go back to hang around there when the door is standing open and you have been acquitted of your crimes against heaven?

– “Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God” – Colossians 3:3-4

There was nothing you could do in yourself to achieve that position, but we are warned in scripture that we must incorporate certain behavioral changes in our lives so that we don’t fall from our own steadfastness.

Peter said this; “Do not conform yourselves to the former lusts as in your ignorance, but as the One who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” In other words, don’t act like you did when you were totally ignorant of the grace of God that freed you from sin and it’s enslaving power in your life. Don’t behave as you did when God was not at work in you.

You are free, now act like it.

Paul said it this way, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1 This renewal of our minds is the “acknowledgment of every good thing that is in us in Christ.” Philemon 6

The new creation is the reality of a spirit that has been renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created him, in righteousness and true (actual) holiness.

This is the reality that the Son of God died for – to bring us into union with Himself and the Father.

These changes are not self-generated “works” as some might imply (whenever the topic of sanctification or holiness are brought up), but are rather the result of the new life of the Holy Spirit that resides within you, and are in keeping with your new regenerate nature. They are not some form of sanctified behavior modification, but rather a fundamental alteration – an actual transformation of the essence and nature of who we are.

The carnal or fleshly mind is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. We must therefore “put on the new man, who is created in righteousness and true holiness” and “put off the old man who grows increasingly corrupt according to deceitful lusts.”

We must realize the extent of what was provided for us in the atonement, and by faith rest in the present reality of who we now are, not what we once were.

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Where America Is Headed

Posted in Short Stories on April 20, 2013 by Stephen Hare

Excellent and accurate view of our once great nation. That we, as a nation need to repent is all too clear. That we, as a church need to repent is clearer still. We are clearly nearing the end of the age as we know it, and the Lord’s return is imminent. The current (this year) upheavals in the earth we see today are surely only the beginning of sorrows, so there is time to get our hearts right with the Lord and to stand for righteousness where we are – whatever it may cost us in terms of comfort or life itself. “Whoever falls upon the Rock will be broken; but whoever the Rock falls upon will be crushed to powder.” Let us therefore choose to fall upon Him and be broken that we can find forgiveness and healing, and cry out for the salvation of the souls of this nation who have placed their hope and expectation in what is futile and empty. Amen.

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This article was written on April 18, 2013, the first anniversary of the start of this blog. I hope you have been encouraged by the articles that have appeared on this page in the last year. God willing, they will continue.

A simple principle
There is a simple principle I have been repeating lately: if you are headed in a certain direction, eventually you will get there. If I am driving on I-95 North, eventually I will arrive in Richmond, then Washington D.C., then Baltimore, and so on. If I want to go to Atlanta, it is not going to happen unless I turn around and go the other way. Very simple, right?

For many years I violated this principle with my opinion of the future of America. I could see she was headed in the wrong direction, towards more sinfulness and depravity, and that ultimately, this would bring the…

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The Setting of Yahweh’s Affections

Posted in Short Stories on April 18, 2013 by Stephen Hare

“Little children, keep yourselves in the love of God.”

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“Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it; yet the Lord set his affection to love your fathers and chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as at this day.” -Deut. 10.14-15a

The subject of God’s love is not a syrupy, flighty, or hollow subject. It is not the stuff of spiritual lightweights, nor is it a distraction from the weightier matters of Scripture. His love is not merely an attribute to be considered, nor is it a mere compartment among His many traits. It is not a cheap and fluffy revelation, but the very essence of who the Lord of history is. The love of God is a vast reality, and it has ever and always been bound to His personality and purposes. A Biblical understanding of the love of God is absolutely foundational…

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A New Track-Record

Posted in Short Stories on April 18, 2013 by Stephen Hare

A New Track-Record.

A New Track-Record

Posted in Devotional Corner with tags , , , on April 17, 2013 by Stephen Hare

 

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A  person thinks all his ways are pure, but the Lord weighs motives. Prov 16:2

 

“…Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, so that He might make it holy by cleansing it, washing it with water and the word, and might present the church to himself in all its glory, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind, but holy and without fault.” Eph 5:25-27

 

Talking about doing what is right, and actually doing what is right are not the same. If all of our good thoughts, intents and motivations end in sin, what is the value of good intentions?

 

I’ve heard it said that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I’m wondering this morning if that might be true.

 

There are many in the church who somehow imagine that believing the right thing is sufficient, and if so are sadly deceived. Why did the apostle write, “Let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness, is righteous even as He is righteous.” ? GWT has it this way, “Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you. Whoever does what God approves of has God’s approval as Christ has God’s approval. The person who lives a sinful life belongs to the devil, because the devil has been committing sin since the beginning. The reason that the Son of God appeared was to destroy what the devil does.” 1 Jn 1:7-8

 

Our righteousness must be deeper than our lips. It must come from a new heart that has been born of another spirit that obeys from the heart wholeheartedly the teachings that we have been given, resulting in righteousness and true holiness.

 

Is it about Christ’s “track-record”? Well, yes… of course, but once we have received the righteousness that His track record provided for us, we begin OUR

 

track-record. a NEW one.

 

 

Once we were slaves of sin and our track-record reflected that reality, but now having been set free from sin and having become slaves of righteousness, we have our fruit leading to holiness of life. (Romans 6 – my paraphrase, but you can read it yourself).

 

 

My question for you this morning if you consider yourself to be part of the church of the living God is this: You once – (we all once) had a track-record of sin. Has that changed? Not His track-record, but YOURS. Has it changed? Are you walking in newness of life?

 

 

 

These are not “new” teachings or thoughts, but are the very foundation upon which the church of Christ is built. There are many destructive heresies that are presently creeping into EVERY denomination (and non-denomination) in various forms that are undermining and twisting the very truths of scripture in the minds of men and women.

 

 

There is a so-called “gospel” or “good news” message that is being accepted as truth that promises God’s unconditional acceptance without a change of life and conduct; no repentance. Don’t be deceived by this. The truth of God’s redemption is not difficult or so theologically lofty that you need a degree to understand it.

 

 

No matter what our history, God offers forgiveness and cleansing from all our sin if we will put our faith and trust in Him. He will give us His Holy Spirit who will enable us to walk in the ways that are pleasing to Him, but we must turn from our former way of life (repent) and begin to walk in the light even as He is in the light. A “gospel” without repentance is not the gospel at all.

 

 

Let us determine today that we will “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints”, and begin to practice the truth we profess that we might truly live as the light of the world as God intends.

 

VIDEO Something To Think About

Posted in Short Stories on April 15, 2013 by Stephen Hare

This is wonderfully challenging this morning, and definitely worth sharing. Was in line with many of the thoughts I journaled today. Be very blessed. He is so for us!

StopAndPrayTV

By Lyn Leahz on April 10, 2013

If today was your last day, and you never walked the face of this planet again, what would people remember you for? What things did you accomplish? Would you be greatly missed, or quickly forgotten? Would you be remembered as a selfish grump who did nothing but complain? Or, a loving, giving person who loved others and served God?

And then there’s the big question. In fact, you were probably expecting just one more question, weren’t you?

When the time comes, and it is just you and God, what will He say about your life on earth? Will He be well-pleased? Moderately pleased? Or, worse, not pleased at all?

Do know this, and think about it. This life has only one purpose! To live, and breathe, and move and to have our being in Him! Yes! You and I were made to serve…

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Canvas of Dreams

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , on April 8, 2013 by Stephen Hare

 

Blind-Faith

Fire of God suspended in

The skies that by His hand were drawn

Voices of the birds that wake

Rejoicing at the break of dawn

Canvas of dreams spans the ‘scape,

as cloak of night descends to veil

The Bride that sleeps who soon will wake,

Her purpose soon God will reveal

Given all creations voice

How can you say that you can’t see?

You must decide, … and it’s your choice;

Where will you spend eternity?

Authored by; Stephen Hare

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