The Restless Mind Is The Devil’s Play-ground

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“The more the heart is replenished with holy meditation, the less will it be pestered with worldy and carnal thoughts.  The mind of man is restless, and cannot lie idle; therefore it is good to set it awork upon holy things.  It will be working upon somewhat; and, if you do not feed it with holy thoughts, what then?  All the imaginations of the heart will be evil, only evil, and that continually (Gen. vi.5)”  — Thomas Manton “Psalm 119 – Vol. 2” v. 97

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/the-mind-is-restless/

We Can’t Even Imagine!

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(John Newton, “The Present and Future Rest of True Believers“)

Our most enlarged ideas of our future glory are faint and imperfect.  Who can describe or conceive the happiness of Heaven? It will be as unlike as possible–to this wilderness of sin and sorrow where we are now confined. Here on earth, we are in a warfare–but then we shall enter into perfect rest. We now cry out, “O that I had wings like a dove! For then would I flee away and be at REST.” (Psalm 55:6)

Heaven will be a rest from all SIN. No ‘unclean thing’ shall ever defile or disturb us forever! We shall be free from all indwelling sin. This alone would be worth dying for! Indwelling sin is a burden under which all the redeemed must groan, while they sojourn in the body.

And those who are most spiritual–are most deeply affected with shame, humiliation, and grief, on account of their sins–because they have the clearest views . . .
of the holiness of God,
of the spirituality of His law,
of the love of Christ, and
of the deceitfulness of their own hearts!
Therefore the Apostle Paul, though perhaps in grace and talents, in zeal and usefulness, was distinguished above all saints–accounted himself the ‘chief of sinners,’ (1 Timothy 1:15) ‘less than the least of all saints,’ (Ephesians 3:8) and cried out under the disparity he felt between what he actually was–and what he desired to be, “O wretched man that I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin!” (Romans 7:24)

But we shall not carry this burden of sin beyond the grave. The hour of death shall free us from our inbred enemies (the inseparable attendants of this frail perishing nature) which now trouble us, and we shall see them no more forever!

Heaven will also be a rest from all outward AFFLICTIONS, which, though necessary, and, under the influence of Divine grace, are profitable–yet they are grievous to bear. But in Heaven, they will no more be necessary. Where there is no sin–there shall be no sorrow. Then, “God will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever!” (Revelation 21:4)

Heaven will also be a rest from SATAN’S TEMPTATIONS. How busy is this adversary of God and man–what various arts and schemes he employs! What surprising force, what constant assiduity does he employ to ensnare, distress, and terrify those who by grace have escaped from his servitude! He says, like Pharaoh of old, “I will pursue, I will overtake, I will destroy!” (Exodus 15:9) He follows them to the last stage of life–but he can follow them no farther. The moment of their departure out of the body–shall place them beyond his reach forever!

Heaven will also be a rest from UNSATISFIED DESIRES. Here on earth, the more we drink–the more we thirst. But in heaven, our highest wishes shall be crowned and exceeded! We shall rest in full communion with Him whom we love, and shall no more complain of interruptions and imperfections, and a careless heart.

Here on earth–we obtain a little glimpse of His presence, when He brings us into His banqueting-house, and spreads His banner of love over us! And how gladly would we remain in such a desirable frame! How unwilling are we to ‘come down’ from the mount! But these pleasing and holy seasons are quickly ended, and often give place to some sudden unexpected trial, which robs us of all that sweetness in which we lately rejoiced. But when we ascend the holy hill of God above–we shall never again ‘come down’! We shall be forever with the Lord, never offend Him, and never be separated from Him again! “I will see Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be fully satisfied with Your presence!” (Psalm 17:15)

Here on earth–we find a mixture of evil in our most holy moments! When we approach nearest to God, we have the liveliest sense of our defilement, and how much we fall short in every branch of duty, and in every temper of our hearts. But when we shall see Jesus as He is–we shall be fully transformed into His image, and be perfectly like Him!

“Yes, dear friends, we are already God’s children, and we can’t even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when He comes–we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is!” 1 John 3:2

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined–what God has prepared for those who love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9

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For further reading: You may want to read the whole of John Newton’s uplifting article, “The Present and Future Rest of True Believers“.

Pope Francis Continues Push For One World Religion

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BY MICHAEL SNYDER/END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
FEBRUARY 21, 2017

When I first started seeing headlines this week that claimed that Pope Francis said that “Muslim terrorism does not exist”, I thought that it couldn’t possibly be true.
After all, who could possibly deny that Islamic radicals are engaged in terrorism? Within the last 30 days, there have been 127 Islamic terror attacks in a total of 25 different countries.
And in 2016 global terror attacks set an all-time record high and were up 25 percent from the year before.
Unfortunately, there are many world leaders that are so politically correct and that are so married to the idea that Islam is good that they cannot admit to themselves that radical Islamic terror is being fueled by radical Islamic beliefs.
And in the case of Pope Francis, he is exceedingly careful never to say anything negative about Islam because it would greatly hinder his efforts to bring all of the major religions of the planet closer together.
 

Ever since the very beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has been pushing for global unity in religious matters, global unity in economic matters and global unity in political matters.
The following timeline of events comes from one of my previous articles…
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May 2016: Pope Francis welcomed one of the top Sunni clerics in the world to the Vatican, and he reportedly told the cleric that “our meeting is the message”.
And mainstream news outlets all over the planet clearly understood what was being communicated. For example, the Daily Mail article about this meeting was entitled “Pope embraces grand imam at historic Vatican meeting in a bid to bring the Catholic and Muslim churches together”.
January 2016: The Vatican releases an extremely disturbing video in which Pope Francis declared that all of the major world religions are “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” and that ultimately “we are all children of God”.
The video also featured leaders from various major religions, and they are shown declaring fidelity to their particular gods.
First, we see a female Buddhist cleric tell us “I have confidence in the Buddha”, and that is followed by a Jewish rabbi declaring “I believe in God”.
As the video goes on, a Catholic priest announces “I believe in Jesus Christ”, and last of all an Islamic leader boldly declares “I believe in God, Allah”.
November 2015: Pope Francis declared that fundamentalism, even Christian fundamentalism, is a “sickness” during remarks in which he stressed the similarity of the major religions.
September 2015: Pope Francis traveled to New York City to deliver a speech that kicked off a conference during which the United Nations unveiled a “new universal agenda” for humanity.
September 2015: During a stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Pope Francis stressed the unity between Christianity and Islam. These words were directly spoken by him…
I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice. I would have wished my greeting to be warmer. My sentiments of closeness, my sentiments of closeness in the face of tragedy. The tragedy that they suffered in Mecca.
In this moment, I give assurances of my prayers. I unite myself with you all. A prayer to almighty god, all merciful.
July 2015: During a trip to Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke of the need for “a new economic and ecological world order” in which the wealth of the planet is “shared by everyone”.
July 2015: Pope Francis denounced global capitalism and refers to its excesses as the “dung of the devil”.
June 2015: Pope Francis called for “a new global political authority” that would have the resources necessary “to deal with the world’s economic problems and injustices”.
October 2014: Pope Francis publicly embraced the theory of evolution by making statements such as these…
-“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.”
-“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it.”
-“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
By fully embracing the theory of evolution, Pope Francis has aligned himself with the leftist social engineers that are seeking to merge humanity into a socialist new world order, and he has aligned himself against “fundamentalists” that believe that there is one true God that created the heavens and the earth.
 

June 2014: For the first time in the history of Catholicism, Pope Francis authorized “Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran” at the Vatican. In ancient times, this would have been considered blasphemy, but today nobody really even notices when something like this happens.
March 2013:
During his very first ecumenical meeting as Pope, Francis made it very clear that he believes that Christians and Muslims both “worship the one God”…
I then greet and cordially thank you all, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; first of all the Muslims, who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer, and all of you. I really appreciate your presence: in it I see a tangible sign of the will to grow in mutual esteem and cooperation for the common good of humanity.
The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – I wish to repeat this: promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – it also attests the valuable work that the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue performs.
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The evidence very clearly shows that Pope Francis is a globalist, and the globalists are absolutely convinced that this planet could be transformed into some sort of great progressive utopia if they could just get humanity to unite.
But when they are finally able to achieve their goal, it won’t be a utopia at all. Instead, it will bring about the greatest tyranny that humanity has ever experienced under the rule of the Antichrist.
Whenever you deny the truth, you open yourself up for deception.
And everyone out there that chooses to believe that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and that all religions are equally valid paths to the same God is opening the door wide to great deception.
In this day and age, it is imperative that we all learn how to think for ourselves and to boldly speak the truth – even if that means disagreeing with the Pope himself.

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfmrecent_news_id=1034#JxDGLXro4MzjdeYO.99

Training Children To Pray

1924756_362917790512963_797200242_n“Parents, if you love your children, do all that lies in your power to train them up to a habit of prayer. Show them how to begin.

Tell them what to say. Encourage them to persevere. Remind them if they become careless and slack about it. Let it not be your fault, at any rate, if they never call on the name of the Lord.”
~ J.C. Ryle
The Upper Room, “The Duties of Parents”, 294.

Contemplating God’s Greatness!

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“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place–what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4

Lift up your eyes, behold the heavens, the work of God’s fingers–behold the sun guided in his daily march! Go forth at midnight, and behold the heavens–consider the stars and the moon! Look upon these works of God’s hands, and if you are men of sense, and your souls are attuned to the high music of the spheres–you will say, “What is man that You are mindful of him?”

My God! When I survey the boundless fields of ether, and see those ponderous orbs rolling therein; when I consider how vast are Your dominions–so wide that an angel’s wing might flap to all eternity and never reach a boundary–I marvel that You should look on insects so obscure as man!

When I behold the Almightiness of Jehovah–I am so little that I shrink into nothingness! I am so little, that the difference between the molecule and man dwindles into nothing–when compared with the infinite chasm between God and man.

Let your mind rove upon the great doctrines of the Godhead; consider the existence of God from before the foundations of the world; behold Him who is, and was, and is to come, the Almighty.

Let your soul comprehend as much as it can of the Infinite, and grasp as much as possible of the Eternal–and I am sure if you have minds at all, that they will shrink with awe.

The tall archangel bows himself before his Master’s throne–and we shall cast ourselves into the lowest dust when we feel what base nothings, what insignificant specks we are, when compared with our all-adorable Creator.

Labor, O soul, to know your nothingness–and learn it by contemplating God’s greatness!

Sickness, Trials and Disappointments!

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JC Ryle

Sickness helps to remind men of death. Most live as if they were never going to die. They follow business, or pleasure, or politics, or science–as if earth was their eternal home. They plan and scheme for the future, like the rich fool in the parable–as if they had a long lease of life. A heavy illness sometimes goes far to dispel these delusions. It awakens men from their day-dreams, and reminds them that they have to die, as well as to live. Now this I say emphatically is a mighty good.

We live in such a lovely and pleasant world–we are so surrounded with so much that is smiling and mirthful–that if we were not often obliged to taste of sickness, trials and disappointments–we would forget our heavenly home, and pitch our tents right in this Sodom!

Therefore it is that God’s people pass through great tribulations. Therefore it is they are often called upon to suffer the sting of affliction and anxiety–or weep over the grave of those whom they have loved as their own soul.

It is their Father’s hand that chastens them!

It is thus He weans their affections from things below–and fixes them on Himself!

It is thus He trains them for eternity, and cuts the threads one by one which bind their wavering hearts to this poor earth.

No doubt such chastening is grievous for the time–but still it brings many a hidden grace to light; and cuts down many a secret seed of sin.

The purest gold is that which has been longest in the refiner’s furnace.

The brightest diamond is often that which has required the most grinding and polishing.

We shall see those who have suffered most–shining among the brightest stars in the assembly of Heaven.

The last night of weeping will soon be spent, the last wave of trouble will soon have rolled over us–and then we shall be at home forever with the Lord!

“Our light affliction endures but for a moment, and it works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!” 2 Corinthians 4:17

Corrupting the Church With “Polari” Homosexual Slang

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Westcott House, an Anglican college of theology in Cambridge England, recently came under fire for allowing gay slang or Polari to be used in a liturgical service.
Forced to apologize after the outcry, the college was conducting a “liturgical experiment” to honor LGTB history month by “queering the liturgy of evening prayer, locating the queer within the compass of faith, and recovering for the Christian tradition a sense of its own intrinsically subversive jouissance,” according to a printed pamphlet.
It was only two months ago that another Anglican church was forced to apologize for allowing a Muslim woman to recite verses from the Qur’an that denied the divinity of Christ during a Christmas service.
In this most recent service, the Holy Spirit was referred to as the “fantabulosa fairy” and God the Father became just “the Duchess” in this queer performance.
 

What is Polari exactly and what are the implications of this assault on Christian values?
Polari is a fringe language that began in Britain between the 16th and 19th centuries as an argot of actors, street performers, sailors, prostitutes and criminals.
As many gay men and women occupied these fringe areas of society, Polari became the de facto language of the homosexual community and took on a code-like, underground status when homosexuality became illegal.
A mix of Italian, Romani, Palare, Yiddish, London Slang, sailor slang, thieves cant and rhyming slang, the language was closely associated with the gay subculture until the 1960s when it began to decline in use.
Polari, with a vocabulary of more than 500 unique words, closely mirrors that of English and its other associated languages in grammatical structure.
There does exist a Polari Bible for the curious, though it must be noted that the introduction on the homepage encourages readers to “Go forth and sin some more!”.
The language of God’s divine word becomes at times trite and frivolous and at others even seems mocking in the parlance of the Polari dialect.
In short, it has taken the majesty from the Bible in an act of deliberate, blasphemous corruption.
The Guardian reported that the Reverend Canon Christ Chivers, the college’s principal, called the service “hugely regrettable,” and recognized that “It used a form of liturgy which was not an authorized act of worship in line with the college’s procedures.”
He went on to say that he does “fully recognize that the contents of the service are at variance with the doctrine and teaching of the Church of England, and that is hugely regrettable.”
Supporters of the Polaric liturgy claim that “the hope is that just as Jesus welcomed the outcast (tax collectors, widows and sex workers, people on the fringe, often overlooked by the Church), today we might follow in the footsteps of His daring, boldly and outrageously welcoming the Queer (both human and divine) in a way never before attempted.”
Yet this misses the essential points of what took place 2,000 years ago.
 

No one would bat an eye if a person “on the fringe” were welcomed into a church service and shown Godly compassion along with proper teachings of Church doctrine. That is what Jesus did.
But to twist and pervert the Holy Gospel to stoop down to the level of sin rather than raising those ensnared by iniquity? That is the folly we see here.
With average church attendance now hovering below 1% in Wales, we are likely to see more such attempts to expand; to appeal to a wider audience.
But this cannot be allowed to come at the expense of core beliefs and values in the name of inclusion. Once you sacrifice those, very little of value or goodness remains.
As Pastor Lawrence Farley points out, this is just a symptom of a larger disease of liberal thinking in the Church today, and just as a tumor indicates a much larger problem, so also do these incidents of blasphemy and corruption in the chapel.

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfmrecent_news_id=1029#J0GQGuaX6kSO5O2h.99

Is Sunday the Christian Sabbath?

download-001Observing a Sabbath day of rest/non-work was a command in the Old Covenant law (Exodus 20:8; 31:12–18). Christians are not under the law but have traditionally set aside Sunday as a day of worship and rest in remembrance of the fact that Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday. Some view Sunday as the Christian Sabbath, essentially transferring the Old Covenant laws about not working from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday to Sundays. Even in an increasingly secular culture, many businesses are still closed on Sundays. Is this biblical?

It is important to understand that the New Covenant nowhere commands worship or restricts work on Sundays. Biblically speaking, Sunday is not the Christian Sabbath. The New Testament describes Christians worshiping on Sundays (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2), but this is descriptive rather than prescriptive. Christians are described as worshipping onSundays, but Sunday worship is nowhere prescribed or commanded. Nowhere in the New Testament are Christians even described as setting aside Sunday as a Sabbath day.

The Sabbath day was an important aspect of the covenant between God and Israel. Exodus 31:17 states, “It [the Sabbath day] is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.” Prior to God giving the nation of Israel the Mosaic Law, God nowhere required Sabbath observance. After Jesus’ death on the cross perfectly fulfilled the Law, God nowhere requires Sabbath observance. Biblically speaking, Christians are not commanded to observe a Sabbath day on Saturday or Sundayor any other day of the week.

At the same time, following the creation pattern of six days of work followed by a day of rest is a good thing. Further, setting aside a day of the week to focus on worship in undeniably biblical (Hebrews 10:25), although we are to worship God every day, not just one day per week. And, ultimately, Jesus is our Sabbath rest (Hebrews 4).

In conclusion, no, Sunday is not the Christian Sabbath. There is no biblically commanded Christian Sabbath. But it is perfectly acceptable to set aside Sunday as a day for worship in light of Christ’s resurrection occurring on a Sunday. Also, making Sunday a day of rest to coincide with its being a day of worship seems a logical and, more importantly, biblically sound thing to do.

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A Life-Time to Work Out

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“The more secure in their own minds the wicked are, the greater will be their surprise and amazement when their downfall shall come.  The ruin which they have taken a life-time to work out, will come upon them as in a moment, and they will be consumed with terrors.

The Bible brings this life and the next, time and eternity, human conduct and the last judgment, the sinner’s career and the sinner’s end into view at once.”  –William S. Plumer from Psalm 73 “Psalms” p. 717, 713

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/a-life-time-to-work-out/

Be Patient and Endure

87dec81797506402d8b06427d2f0a10cWe must run with patience, or we shall never obtain. There may be many things we cannot understand, much that the flesh could perhaps wish otherwise, but let us endure unto the end, and all shall be made clear, and God’s arrangements shall be proved best.

Think not to have your reward on earth, do not draw back because your good things are all yet to come. Today is the cross, but tomorrow is the crown. Today is the labor, but tomorrow is the wages. Today is the sowing, but tomorrow is the harvest. Today is the battle, but tomorrow is the rest. Today is the weeping, but tomorrow is the joy. And what is today compared to tomorrow? Today is but seventy years, but tomorrow is eternity. Be patient and hope unto the end.
~ J.C. Ryle