First Things First – Purity 1056
Purity 1056 05/31/2023 Purity 1056 Podcast
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Today’s photo of a cross at the peak of some high grass underneath a blazing sunset situated perfectly between the clouds comes to us from Brianne Kilmer who captured this scene presumably somewhere during her travels in Columbia County and shared it on social media back on May 24th. Brianne appeared to have spotted this scene while driving as she shared several shots of this scene from various vantage points along the roadside and shared them all to encourage her friends on social media.
Just like Brianne, I hope to encourage my friends, that’s you, to keep your eyes open to the beauty in this world and to recognize that it has all been provided for us by a God who loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to teach us the Truth, to pay for our sins, and to give us new and eternal lives when we put our faith in Him as Lord and Savior.
Well, It’s Wednesday and I thought Brianne’s picture was a beauty and while it doesn’t feature a “hump” per se, I thought that it’s cross and setting sun were centered enough to visually represent our arrival of the middle of the work week and that its unspoken message of hope in Christ, was a great representation for the hope and new life that I will be encouraging others to walk into at Celebrate Freedom tonight!
One of the missions of my blog and the reason that I highlight photos of God’s creation is to convey the truth that God is present in our world at all times and that we can know Him and interact with Him. In my walk of faith, I discovered just how real, present, available, loving, and powerful the Lord is when you decide to seek Him and follow where He leads.
Although, I resisted the Lord and fled from Him most of my life, He revealed the truth of Jesus Christ to me when I was least expecting it and I slowly answered His call to seek His truth, His presence, and to follow Him. When you know the love of God – that Christ died for me – for you – individually – to save us, it compels us to know more about God and the truth of His kingdom. But at that point, you still have free will, you can give as much or as little of yourself to your walk of faith. You can decide what you will do with your new life in Christ. You can decide just how far you want to take it.
As someone who was deceived by the world system – “the facts of life” - and a false religion, I thought I had “it all figured out” so when God interrupted my life to let me know I couldn’t have gotten it more wrong, I decided to “completely surrender” to His will and began to seek the truth of God’s word and tried to live out my new found faith and learned that for every step of faith I took towards God, I was rewarded.
11:6 (NKJV) reveals this truth. It says:
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
I had faith. I stepped out in faith, believed that God was who He said He was –“that He is” and so I diligently sought Him and was continually rewarded with knowledge, blessings, His presence, and eventually a whole new life. But it didn’t happen all at once.
After I learned that God was loving and good enough to save a “wretch like me”, I followed and after I was rewarded – with the confirmation of the reasonableness of my faith, and with the joy of my salvation, I decided to keep following Him “come what may”.
I answered the call to find a Bible believing church where I could learn more and serve. And it was there that a Christian recovery group began and called me out of the darkness of my sins and into the ministry of overcoming and encouragement. I sought the Lord and was rewarded with victory and freedom over my addictions. But God has kept calling and I have kept following and now know that this journey of faith never ends, and it will go on through out eternity, as I will follow the Lord all the days of my life and encourage others as I go.
The latest chapter of the unfolding saga of my life in the Spirit is the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group at Starpoint Church and even though we will only be meeting for the fourth time this evening, I have already been rewarded and blessed by the opportunity to tell a little of my story and to bless other Christians with the good news that God not only loved them enough to save them from a Godless eternity, He loves them enough to save them from themselves and the lies they have believed that caused them to choose the world’s ways over His. I have received positive reports that this group has been a blessing to the people who have attended, and I will continue to encourage others to know the Lord and to follow Him into the life that only He can give them.
Tonight we will be singing “First Things First” by Consumed by Fire, and I pray that the chorus will be a proclamation of our intention to follow where the Lord would lead us.
The lyrics say:
“I don't wanna love what the world loves.
I don't wanna chase what the world does.
I only want You.
I only want You (Pre- Chorus)
First thing's first
I seek Your will, Not my own.
Surrender all my wants to You.
Keep the first thing first.
To live Your truth, Walk Your ways.
Set my eyes.
Lord, I fix my face on You.
All my desires reversed.
To keep the first thing first”
In Christ all our earthly desires can be reversed. We can choose to do what God would have us do to. To seek His will, not our own. To surrender all to God and to fix our eyes on Him. To follow and to walk and His ways and to live our lives for Him. And it only requires a simple decision to put “first things first” by following the Lord and His truth to the life of meaning and purpose that He wants us to know, continually, progressively, forever.
For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verses are:
Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows..
Today’s verses tell us that we matter to God. To God, we matter! He knows every detail about us, and we matter to the Lord so much that He showed us the truth of who Jesus is so we could be saved and set free from lies of this world to experience a new and eternal life.
This is one of those “too much” truths. As in this is so big Lord, this is just too much! Am I to believe that the God who made everything, and created countless living creatures, and who knows everything, KNOWS ME? And LOVES ME? And CARES ABOUT ME? IT’s JUST TOO MUCH, LORD!
But it’s true. God does know us. God does love us. God does care about us.
And God has called us to know His son, know His truth, to live it, and to share it with all the earth. It might seem too good to be true. It may seem to be “too much” – but it is all true and it is all good. Thank You, Lord!
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.
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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit
6 - The Holy Spirit During the Old Testament Ages
Much ignorance prevails today concerning this aspect of our subject. The crudest ideas are now entertained as to the relation between the Third Person of the Godhead and the Old Testament saints. Yet this is scarcely to be wondered at in view of the fearful confusion which obtains respecting their salvation, many supposing that they were saved in an entirely different way from what we are now. Nor need we be surprised at that, for this, in turn, is only another of the evil effects produced by the misguided efforts of those who have been so eager to draw as many contrasts as possible between the present dispensation and those which preceded it, to the disparaging of the earlier members of God’s family. The Old Testament saints had far more in common with the New Testament saints than is generally supposed.
A verse which has been grossly perverted by many of our moderns is John 7:39, “The Holy Spirit was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” It seems passing strange that with the Old Testament in their hands, some men should place the construction which they do upon those words. The words “was not yet given” can no more be understood absolutely than “Enoch was not” (Gen. 5:24); they simply mean that the Spirit had not yet been given in His full administrative authority. He was not yet publicly manifested here on earth. All believers, in every age, had been sanctified and comforted by Him, but the “ministration of the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:8) was not at that time fully introduced; the outpouring of the Spirit, in the plentitude of His miraculous gifts, had not then taken place.
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).