Reflections on Temporal and Eternal

The word soul and spirit are hardly mentioned today. I have rarely heard
the word spirit spoken even during church service. The words have fallen
by the wayside, and the word body has been elevated to worship status.
This is the day of the body, its wants and its desires are sacrosanct.
The pursuit of happiness/pleasure focused entirely on bodily desires has
assumed a supreme importance. The body combined with the word love is revered,
and love has become a pallid thing with no life.

But we are not just a body, we are soul and spirit also. We are first and
foremost a spirit wrapped within a body. The soul is that which makes up
the person that we are, and is intertwined with our spirit. The flesh is
one thing and the spirit is another. Jesus said…God is spirit and His
worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:2.

After the body dies, what then? If one believes and acts upon the premise
that rights to the body belong to the individual, then when death dissolves
the body where is the spirit? …For if you live according to the flesh,
you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body,
you will live. Romans 8:13

The faulty logic that the body is all we have,and it is grounded in this
world, is evident to all who believe that our spirit endures after we
leave this planet.

On the Word

       G.C. Morgan April 10, 2016

 

…The word was with God and the Word was God…
He tabernacled among us…John 1:…14
These words remind us that we are strangers on
earth as our Lord was when He walked among us.
We are Pilgrims traveling to another country.

His Word has transformed,and continually transforms,
us into beings like unto Him. Cor. 3:18.If not, we
are either disobedient followers,or we don’t belong to Him.
This world, under judgment of death, has faded from view and
no longer has any hold on the maturing children of the
Kingdom. Rom. 6:23

I have watched the buds of Spring unfold their petals
into a surprising beauty, a beauty that leaves one breathless.
The cluster of flowers on fragile limbs that move in a gentle wind
speaks to me of the Designer Who wants to unfold the beauty of our
spiritual being.

We are buds in Christ, and as we abide in the “Word” His life flows
through us, and we, like the buds of a tree, progress towards maturity.
It may be a million years, as we count time, to reach our full potential,
but still our advance with Him is a reflection of what will be. We can
trust Him with the unfolding beauty that is beyond our present comprehension.

Thoughts on Politics

 

I was reading A W Tozer (1897-1963) last night and stopped abruptly when I read these words.

I am among those who believe that our Western civilization is on it way to perishing. It has many commendable qualities, most of which it has borrowed from the Christian ethic, but it lacks the element of moral wisdom that would give it permanence. Future historians will record that we of the twentieth century had intelligence enough to create a great civilization but not the moral wisdom to preserve it.

We are now in another century. And these words are as relevant today as  when A W Tozer spoke them in the 1900’s. They are still pertinent, even more so, as the forces he spoke of has reached their  culmination in a culture that seeks only self-fulfillment.Today, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, guaranteed by the Constitution, has elevated the pursuit of happiness above any other right.

In addition, our nation is rent by divisive groups and is in danger of plunging into total anarchy. And when our country has been rent to an unbearable state  of lawlessness, who is there among us to mend the rents?

I see no one but God Who can heal and make us whole again. But how can He, when on every hand, His followers are mocked and the very idea of God is belittled. In the hour of trouble, anxious, insecure, people seek Him, but quickly forget when normality returns to the scene.

If my people, who 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.  Chronicles 2:7-14

In these verses God is speaking to (Israel) but the verses  relate to us today. We Christians  are to focus on prayer for our nation. We then must work in the civic arena to restore the moral basis that once contributed to the greatness  of our country. It is urgent that we do so.

Unless our nation turns away from its immoral culture, and prays for the wisdom to govern  justly and righteously, we will not be a democracy within twenty five years.

Jeremiah 17:12

A glorious Throne on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. Jer. 17:12

In these dreadful days of world-wide storm and strife
when it seems peace has taken leave of the earth,
and the ruins are inhabited by the base,
let us, like Jeremiah who uttered these words
amid a war-torn country, choose sanctuary at
the Throne that forever remains.

Once to every man and nation,
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
For the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision,
Offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever,
’Twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble,
When we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit,
And ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses
While the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue
Of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs,
Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever
With the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties,
Time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward,
Who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
Keeping watch above His own.
—James R. Lowell 1845

Comments on G Campbell Morgan: The All-sufficient Grace

God, who is the great giver of life, delights in the activity of love for the blessings of the recipients. God looks to the end product of our suffering and is pleased as He shapes us into the being we will ultimately become as we walk in obedience with Him.
We may not like the trial of suffering we are undergoing, but if we yield it up to God and receive it as coming from His Hand, we will begin to understand how God uses the circumstances of our life to bring about good for us.
God delights in the process of our spiritual growth. He gave Paul a ‘thorn in the flesh’ which Paul came to realize was the means that God used to further his spiritual growth. “I glory in my weakness…2 Cor. 12:8-10

A pearl is found beneath the flowing tide,
And there is held, a worse than worthless thing,
Spoiling the shell-built home where it doth cling—
Marring the life near which it must abide.
The everlasting portals are of these,
To teach us that perchance some heavy load—
Some cross ’gainst which so sorely we have striven,
That seems to mar our lives and spoil our ease—
May bring us nearer to the saints’ abode,
And prove at last the very “Gate of Heaven.”
—Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler

Materialism

What does the word materialism mean? It s a belief that only the material world exists. Excessive concern with material values rather than spiritual or intellectual values.

The focus is upon this world, indulging the senses; the desires and the longings pertaining to the self or to others.

If measured from 1-10 the most lofty desire is to work toward perfecting the world, the lowest is the indulging the desires of the self in ways destructive to the inner self.

Carnality is an old word, not much used in these days, but it is a defining word that describes the social practices of today.

A denial of the spiritual is inherent in the word materialism. A longing to make the world a better place is not wrong. The center is missing, however.

Many Christians, and even Churches, of today have joined the world to follow this lofty idea. Forgotten is the fact that Christian’s have an eternal destiny in another world, another Kingdom. Once the focus is off Christ and centered on the world it becomes easier to lose the mission that our Lord gave to His apostles, and thereby to us.

Nowhere did our Lord give a commandant to go into the world and perfect it.

The mission is to call people out of the world to His Kingdom by telling others about His redeeming work. We are no longer a part of this world, but an example to the world as we grow into the person God wants us to be; to put on the characteristic’s of Christ through the Holy Spirit working within us.

Commentary-G. Campbell Morgan June 5, 2015

                    Can Christianity conform to the culture of the world?

Many modern churches seem determined to join the world culture in the name of toleration and love, general terms, in eloquent speech so oratorical it deceives the naive,or Christians, who have no knowledge of God’s demands for His people. Demands not easy, but necessary for our eternal salvation.
“Come ye out from among them and be ye separate I will receive you, you shall be my people and I will be your God.”2 Corinthians 6:17
Has there been a man or woman who laid down their life for all the world and seen the growth of untold millions brought to a life of unspeakable joy, and productivity, for the good of others through their death?
There is one wise man who died because he plagued the upper class of Greek citizens with questions about their lives in the culture of their day… Socrates. He didn’t die to save anyone, but died at the behest of the ruling elites who didn’t like his questions. He confessed he asked the questions, but some else had to come to give the answers. He didn’t conform to the culture of his day.
The man came and answered the questions. Our Lord Jesus Christ. He it is who died at the behest of the ruling elites who didn’t want the answers. He didn’t conform to the culture of His day.
We, who have received the answers and entered into a new life know that the life we are called to may not be an easy one. The pressures of the world put obstacles in our path continually. It may seem at times, when one is weary with the struggle and tempted to give in, that  persevering is beyond our strength. But then the image comes of our Savior Who conquered and  promised that we would be conquerors too. We are called to endure and to fight the good fight for at the days end we are one day closer home. We are a people called out of the culture of this world to be an holy and loving people who live a stainless life in the world. God will not accept less. If we could be accepted by living in the world’s culture, then Christ has died in vain. Why then was it necessary for God to send His Son to die for us?
If our Lord Jesus Christ had conformed to this world he could have ruled it without having to die as mortal men do. Matthew 4:8.
He Loved His Father and bore the cross and the shame for love of  God and humanity.Untold millions of humans have followed Him for long generations down to our generation. Our Lord still calls His own and knows their way as we who follow Him know that it is the narrow path of life. Our Lord said it when He walked among the generation of His day. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Matthew 7: 13-14

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