The Lonliness of the Christian

18 Comments

I found this little pearl here:

http://www.awildernessvoice.com/Lonely.htm

By: A.W. Tozer

The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

The Truth Divides

4 Comments

Our brother, ProclaimHisWord, gives us this. Thank you brother for speaking truth!

God of Retribution-God of Division

Leave a comment

King’s Bride Forum gives us this:

http://kingsbridesforum.wordpress.com/2009/07/

God of Retribution – God of Division

My dear brethren, I want to convey to you that we are living in unique times. We are living at the end times. A time that Jesus said would be unequaled from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be equaled again, agreeing with Daniel, who prophesied that this would be a time such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until now. There has never been a time like this, nor shall there ever be again. It is a unique opportunity for the church to lift the torch of God’s truth higher than ever. We are called to be watchmen on the walls, blowing the trumpet of warning so that those who will listen might be saved.

But saved from what? That is the point of this message. Those who believe and repent shall be saved from God’s coming wrath. Our Lord Jesus is coming to earth again, but this time He will not come as a suffering lamb, but a conquering lion, a fierce warrior king who will come to fulfill two main purposes: (1) deliver his people – the blood washed nation made up of those who remained connected to the vine, who had bought enough of the oil of His presence for their lamps, who were found wearing the white garments God Himself has provided, those who did not prostitute themselves with worldly idols, those whose hearts were fully His; and (2) judge the wicked – those who have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who have suppressed the truth by their wickedness, haters of God, who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness, those who have claimed to be wise, but are fools, who are filled with all kinds of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity, and who not only practice those evil deeds but who also approve of others who do the same.

The Bible says that the Lord is a God of retribution, that in the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; He will soon pour it out, and all the wicked of the earth shall drink it down to its very dregs. Church, this is the message we need to be preaching today. This is the evangelism, not only to the unchurched, but also to all the church folks who are sleeping, oblivious to the signs around them that the Lord’s day is at hand. It is time for prophets to rise who will be bold enough to preach a message like those of John the Baptist and Jeremiah, “Repent lest ye perish, for the kingdom of God is at hand!” Shallow evangelistic messages that stop at “Receive Jesus in your heart” and “Jesus loves you” WON’T DO!!!

The Lord has laid in my heart that He is getting ready to draw down a sharp line to separate the sheep from the goats. It is time to preach “Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve,” for the window of grace won’t always remain open.

While we hear a cry for “Unity!” and “ Peace!” everywhere, our Lord Himself has said He has come to the earth not to bring peace, but FIRE and DIVISION. The following video has a powerful message on this subject that I’d like to share with you. It is based on the text from Luke 12:49-56:

“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? “

Listen carefully. It will lead you to rethink some of the things you learned in Sunday School.

God bless you!

LuvWorkingatHome from youtube gives us these: