What Shall We Do?

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:8-10 We are at a time of great national distress.  No one alive can remember a worse time of national distress and division as what we are witnessing, and all indications are, it is going to get worse. Our national sins have risen high above our heads, and that sin has a consequence.  Like the law of gravity, it cannot be changed and it cannot be avoided. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.  We have sown the wind, and we are reaping the whirlwind. What shall we do? In our pitiful state, our hope may be found in God’s Word. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; the

The Greatest Need of the Day Is Repentance

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”   2 Chronicles 7:14 There is much talk today about the need for prayer and revival.  Prayer is indeed essential, and if there was ever a desperate need for revival, it is in this dark and evil day. But prayers will not be heard, nor will revival ever come, without genuine heartfelt repentance and obedience on the part of God’s people. In our text, God gives clear instruction for revival and blessing. First of all, He says, “If my people, which are called by my name . . .”   This message is to God’s people only.  No other people can ask for revival and it be given except God’s people.  It is they who can bend His ear regarding this matter, and they only. God’s instruction to His people is that we must humble ourselves.  There can be no prideful arrogance about us, no conceit,

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.”   Psalm 46:1-5 In times of trouble, the redeemed of God need not fear.  Our Great God is bigger than any trouble we will ever face.   In the fiercest of tempests, we can be in perfect peace because  He who calmed the raging storm with a word is with us, and He will deliver us.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Cast all your cares upon the Great Saviour, for He cares for you. He said  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest

A Mighty Fortress

These words, penned so long ago by the great reformer Martin Luther, are just as true to today, and just as needed today for our encouragement, as they ever were.  May they comfort your soul, and cause faith to rise up in your heart. A mighty Fortress is our God, A Bulwark never failing; Our Helper He amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, And, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. Did we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing; Were not the right Man on our side, The Man of God’s Own choosing: Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth His Name, From age to age the same, And He must win the battle. And though this world, with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The Prince of Darkness grim, We tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, For lo! h

O How I Love Thy Law

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.  Psalms 119:97 So many in the church today have set aside the Law of God as being unimportant.  They say it was nailed to the cross and that we don’t need to worry about keeping the Law anymore, that the work of Christ on the cross did away with the Law. Certain aspects of the Law, contained in ordinances and involving the Levitical sacrifices, were indeed fulfilled by Christ’s work on the cross.  For example, we need no longer sacrifice a lamb because Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God.  In fact, Christ was ALL of the sacrifices rolled into one on that cross.  But Christ’s work on the cross did NOT do away with God’s Law. Jesus Himself said “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these leas

Looking Unto Jesus

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...  Hebrews 12:2 In Matthew 14:22-33 we read of the time when Christ’s disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee being tossed about by a tempestuous storm.  They were afraid for their lives, but Jesus appeared to them, walking on the water, and told them not to be afraid. Peter, wanting to reassure himself, said “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”  Jesus said, “Come,” and so Peter stepped out of the ship and onto the water, and began to go to Jesus. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”  Matthew 14:29-31 They got back into the ship, and when they did, the raging storm that had terrified the disciples so greatly immediately ceased (verse 32 and Mark 6:51) and there was perfect peace.  Not only that

What Do They See?

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.  Philippians 4:9 Here the apostle Paul tells the church in Philippi that if they would just act like him, and do those things which they had seen him do, that God would be with them and would bless them. In looking at your life, I wonder—could you safely give the same instruction to others?  Can you say without the slightest bit of trepidation “Act like me, and God will bless you?” Whether you realize it or not, people are always watching you.  What kind of person do they see?  Do they see a man or woman of integrity?  Do they see a man or woman who is totally committed to Christ?  What do they see? Think about that today, and ask the LORD to help you to be the kind of person that can say with the apostle Paul “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”   1 Corinthians 11:1