Gauging Inward Impulses

256_cross_in_the_water“The wayward child and the self-willed youth is guided by his own unsanctified and unsubdued spirit. The man of the world is controlled by “the spirit of the world.” The wicked are governed by Satan “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). But the Christian is to yield himself unto “the still small voice” of the Holy Spirit. Yet a word of caution is needed at this point, for in our day there are many fanatics and impious people who do that which is grossly dishonoring to God under the plea that they were “prompted by the Spirit” so to act. To be “led by the Spirit of God” does not mean being influenced by unaccountable suggestions and uncontrollable impulses which result in conduct displeasing to God, and often injurious to ourselves and others. No, indeed: not so does the Spirit of God “lead” anyone.

There is a safe and sure criterion by which the Christian may gauge his inward impulses, and ascertain whether they proceed from his own restless spirit, an evil spirit, or the Spirit of God. That criterion is the written Word of God, and by it all must be measured. The Holy Spirit never prompts anyone to act contrary to the Scriptures. How could He, when He is the Author of them! His promptings are always unto obedience to the precepts of Holy Writ. Therefore, when a man who has not been distinctly called, separated, and qualified by God to be a minister of His Word, undertakes to “preach,” no matter how strong the impulse, it proceeds not from the Holy Spirit. When a woman “feels led” to pray in public where men are present, she is moved by “another spirit” (2 Corinthians 11:4), or if one claimed “guidance” in assuming an unequal yoke by marrying an unbeliever, 2 Corinthians 6:14 would prove conclusively that it was not the “guidance” of the Holy Spirit.”

~ A. W. Pink

Source: http://calvinisticquotes.blogspot.ca/2013/10/the-wayward-child-and-self-willed-youth.html

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Choose God for Your Portion

the-end“Death blows away all vain deceits.  Then carnal men begin to perceive their error.  When their portion comes to be taken away from them, then what indignation they have upon themselves for the folly of their choice, how the world has deceived them!  A godly man hath the beginning here; then he comes to have a consummate and most perfect enjoyment of it.  Death cannot separate us from our portion.  Indeed, it separates us from all things that withhold us from it; but it is a means to perfect our union with God, and make way for our full fruition of him. …we should choose God for our portion.”  –Thomas Manton “Psalm 119 Vol. 1, p. 561 (Banner of Truth)

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/choose-god-for-your-portion/

We Must Turn the World Upside Down!

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“The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!”  A. B. Simpson

Missionary Quotations: A.B. Simpson

My Paintings Page

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Journey’s End

I paint on the side and use my skills to express my world through eyes that are color-blind.

I used to think that it was quite unfair that God made me color-blind, but now I see it as a benefit, instead of a hinderance. Yes, color matching is hard sometimes, but with painting, it means my paintings will be different, unique, odd…but very interesting.

Please take a look at my page, visit my paintings blog and enjoy my work. It is a gift from God.

My Paintings

My Portion Forever

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” ‘He is my portion forever’ (Psalm 73:26).  The good things of this life are but like flowers:  they be for a season, and then they wither:  they are perishing, and of a short continuance.  We carry away nothing of it in our hands, when we go to the grave.  When we leave all other portions and inheritances, then we begin to take possession of this portion; yea, at that time when men see the vanity of making other things their portion, a child of God sees the happiness of his portion, at death.”  –Thomas Manton “Psalm 119, Volume 1, p. 560-561 (Banner of Truth)

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/my-portion-forever/

♣ God, My Stability, Strength and Security

Great article, and well worth the read.

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Seeking El-Shaddai

“I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed” – Psalm 34:4-5.

ONE OF THE prime hallmarks of great leaders throughout the history of the body of Christ was such oneness with God that they didn’t exist for the approval of people – something that riddles our day and age and plagues countless of people throughout evangelical Christendom.

What made such men the men that they were? It was a sharp and somewhat long education and it was learned in no college, university or conference; it was learned alone in the desert, a time where great loneliness was felt until God was found and what is meant by that is to know Him anew Who fills those places in our hearts where only He has the right to satisfy.

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Why God Doesn’t Save The Rich

EyeofneedleI tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19. 23-26

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?341px-IMG_8924-Bonifatius-Kirche

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

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Except you be born again you can not see the kingdom of God

So needed in this false, hypocritical society. Man needs God desperately!

Amazing Grace

O come, sinners. Give up your hearts to Christ,

that He may write on it His Holy Law! You have long enough the devil’s law graven on your hearts; Come to the Lord Jesus, and He will both shelter you from the curses of the law and He will give you the Spirit to write all that law in your heart; He will make you love it in your inmost soul. Plead the promise with Him. Surely you have tried the pleasures of sin long enough. Come now and try the pleasures of holiness out of a new heart. If you die with your heart as it is, it will be stamped a wicked heart to all eternity. “He who is unjust let him be unjust still”- Rev 22:11.

O come and get the new heart before you die; for except you be born again you can not see…

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