Branded For Christ

Branded For Christ

Psalm 46:1 KJV God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

The earth is shaking, land slides are everywhere, volcanoes are erupting, the seas are roaring, and that is the short list. 

Psalm 46:6 KJV The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

Nations, society, individuals are coming together to rage against God. They want God, His Son, and anyone connected to Him to be silenced and/or annihilated. Evil in this world appears to be getting stronger and has tipped the scales in their favor. Yet, God has not left us in the dark concerning what is happening now nor what is coming. The killing and torture of believers we see in many places of the world today, will one day fill the earth. There will be no safe place for believers. The greatest encouragement in scripture is, but God.

Psalm 46:8 KJV Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Yes, evil will increase and hatred toward God will work its way to a climax but evil will never win anything. Even when evil thinks it has won it has lost. The cross of Jesus Christ testifies to that every time someone is snatched from the fire. God is our home. Heaven is our eternal residence. One day, hopefully soon, we will look with awe at the works of the Lord. We will forever live out from under war, worry, and sorrow. I am in no way saying this is easy. I am saying this is the way of the narrow path. Rejoice you are on it and fight to walk on it  because it leads to eternal life.

Acts 5:40 KJV And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Make no reserve, exercise no choice–obey His command. When you know what He commands, do not hesitate, question, or try to avoid it–“do it”–do it at once, do it heartily, do it cheerfully, do it to the full. It is but a little thing that as our Lord has bought us with the price of His own blood, we should be His servants. The Apostles frequently call themselves the bond slaves of Christ. Where our Authorized Version softly puts it “servant,” it really is “bond wholly at His disposal. Paul even went so far as to rejoice that he had the marks of his Master’s brand on him and he cries, “Let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” There was the end of all debate–he was the Lord’s and the marks of the scourges, the rods and the stones were the broad-arrow of the King which marked Paul’s body as the property of Jesus, the Lord.

 

Now, if the saints of old time gloried in obeying Christ, I pray that you and I, forgetting the sect to which we may belong, or even the nation of which we form a part, may feel that our first object in life is to obey our Lord. Not to follow a human leader, or to promote a religious or political party. This one thing we mean to do and so follow the advice of Solomon as he says, “Let your eyes look right on and let your eyelids look straight before you.” Beloved, let us endeavor to be obedient in the minute as well as in the greater matters, for it is in details that true obedience is best seen. Let us copy the faintest touches in the life of our great Exemplar. “Eyes Right” — By Charles Haddon Spurgeon Jul 14, 1887Scripture: Proverbs 4:25 Sermon No. 2,058From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 34 This sermon is located here

Are you ready? 

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