Devotions

The daily offerings (Exodus 29:38) of two lambs and of incense burnt (Exodus 30:7) are Old Testament types pointing clearly to the need of every believer devoting themselves to God daily by taking time with him in the word and prayer (Bible time, quiet time etc). It was said of Moses, “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend ” (Exodus 3:11). That is our privilege even more-so (Heb.4:16). David was accustomed to more (Psalm 55:17). No reason we shouldn’t pray continually but we do need to set aside time to pray and read Scripture or listen to it being preached. A complete Bible reading plan helps.

 

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Mortification of Sin (2)

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13

  1. A duty prescribed: “Mortify the deeds of the body.”
    2. The persons are denoted to whom it is prescribed: “You,” –“if you mortify.”
    3. There is in them a promise annexed to that duty: “You shall live.”
    4. The cause or means of the performance of this duty, — the Spirit: “If you through the Spirit.”
    5. The conditionality of the whole proposition, wherein duty, means, and promise are contained: “If you,” etc.

This “if you” is not a contingent condition but rather a certain connection.

The intention, then, of this proposition as conditional is, that there is a certain
infallible connection between true mortification and eternal life: if you use this means, you shall obtain that end; if you do mortify, you shall live. And herein lies the main motive unto and enforcement of the duty prescribed.
So believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin (Rom.8:1), ought to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.

This must be done by the Spirit.

What is the body? It’s deeds? To mortify?

The body is the flesh, the corruption and depravity of our natures, indwelling sin, the old man. And to crucify him (he is already crucified in principle and dethroned) is to take away the principle of all his strength, vigour, and power, so that he cannot act or exert influence to bring forth the deeds of the body.

You shall live meaning, “You shall live, lead a good, vigorous, comfortable, spiritual life
whilst you are here, and obtain eternal life hereafter.”  The vigour, and power, and comfort of our spiritual life depends on the mortification of the deeds of the flesh. Great stuff-JK!

Adapted from John Owen’s “Mortification of sin.”

 

What Christ says or promises, he does!

 

When the disciples, fearing for their lives in the storm on the sea called upon Christ to save them, what had they forgotten? (Luke 8:22-25). Simply this, that Jesus had said, “Let us go over to the other side…” NOT let us sink in the middle of the sea!

When life’s storms assail us, remember Christ is with us, he is our anchor, the guarantee we will join him in heaven and the one who even in the midst of the storms bids us be still and know his peace (John 14:27).

Their lack of faith, which is sin, was not in calling upon their Lord to help, but in saying, “Don’t you care?” Faith prays, but faith also trusts in the infinite love and care of God!

Communion with God (58)

The Spirit produces hope.

Hope is an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast (The motto of the Boys Brigade).

Most boys, myself included, never thought about hope, what it means or about death wherein hope is vital.

Hope is the assurance (certainty) of eternal life, that ere we die, we go to be with Christ and that one day we shall be redeemed body and soul in his presence. (Psalm 16:9, Proverbs 14:32, Romans 5:2, Colossians 1:5,27, 1 Timothy 1:1, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 Peter 3:15.

We have this hope because it is bound up in the resurrection of Christ. He arose, we have arisen to new life, we will arise to new life because we are joined to Christ irrevocably. He is glorious in heaven and so we shall be!

What will happen to me when I die?

This message is a MUST for all believers AND unbelievers.

What must we believe in the face of the last enemy, the king of terrors, the separation of body and soul at death? Do we have hope of incomparable glory? Do we have hope in our Lord Jesus Christ? If not, ask God for this hope and to increase it!

Listen to Rev. Andrew Lanning lately pastor of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore speaking on Psalm 16 by way of explaining Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 22.

Psalm 16

H.C. L.D. 22 

Rev. Lanning

MESSAGE

 

Jacob’s hip.

And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good,” (Gen.32:12).

“And he (the wrestler-pre-incarnate Son of God) blessed him there.” (Gen.32:29).

“and he halted upon his thigh.” (Gen.32:31).

Sometimes God needs to cripple us to bless us. We are intent on doing things in our own strength and God humbles us, but be assured whatever he does is a blessing.

What God was teaching Jacob, he teaches all his people by leaving them with a sinful nature even after they are born again, instead of totally sanctifying them or taking them to heaven, so that as the catechism states they have only “a small beginning of new obedience.”  This makes us dependent upon God for daily grace-of forgiveness, for strength and for supplication.This is the message of  Romans 7 and Heidelberg Catechism L.D. 44.

Audio message or U tube below:

Which house are you building?

 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:47-49. Note the foundation is true faith in Christ that leads to obedience and to heaven,  continued disobedience shows the professor is false, does not trust Christ, and ends up in hell. 

Living Wisely in a Digital Age

Notes on a speech at Covenant P.R.Church, Ballymena 24th January 2018 by Rev. Nathan Decker, Trinity P.R.C., U.S.A.

Wisdom is the application of knowledge to glorify God.

Living intentionally.

A table contrasting living wisely with how Satan tempts us through digital technology:

How to live wisely How Satan may use this tool
Not addicted (enslaved)

Content viewed: good sites and neutral sites (but avoiding much pointless entertainment)

Addicted. Sites are intentionally addictive by design on our minds (physiologically/psychologically).

Content viewed: wicked sites

Serving others and pointing to Christ. Selfishness-promotion of self
Diligent, daily devotion and weekly worship Distracted from these
Porn is immediately avoided. Helpful book    “The Next Story” by Tim Challies chapter 10 on how to protect your home/children Pornography viewed.
Exercise authority over children/ keep them accountable Spoil them, never call to them to account.

It must be added that just like the printing press in the 16th century, digital technology can be and is used powerfully for the extension of the Kingdom of God in many places especially where access to Scriptures and churches is scarce. Christian websites, Scriptures on line, and live streaming of sermons and sermon archives are a boon to many in restricted countries and where the church has apostatized and there are no true churches.

Link to full message below:

 

Communion with God (45)

What an incomparable blessing the indwelling Spirit is to the believer. He really is our ALL IN ALL.

The work of the Holy Spirit in us.

He worketh effectively, distributes, gives.
How does he work and what does he produce?

He is said “to work effectually,” 1 Cor. 12: 11, “All these worketh” “that one and the self-same Spirit.”  This applies to his distribution of gifts and the communication of graces and privileges.  “Dividing to every man according to his will”. “There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God (the Spirit) which worketh all in all;”  He that distributes variously, does it with choice, and judgement, and freedom of will. We should be content with his portion! Power, choice, freedom of a divine person are evidently denoted in the expressions insisted on. As comforter and sanctifier he grants the constant and continual supplies of new light, power, vigour, and grace. He brings to remembrance the things spoken by Christ, John 14: 26. He glorifies Christ in the hearts of believers, John 16:14, sheds abroad the love of God in them. He seals Eph. 1:13. He is the earnest of our inheritance. He grants unction Isa. 11:2, and is the Spirit of adoption and of supplication.

Adapted from John Owen’s “Communion with God”