Tuesday, January 6, 2009
In continuance of the previous post Great is Thy Faithfulness about a brother in Christ. I wanted to share with you a little more of his testimony.
It is all God's Grace.
How a former Pastor...family man and a born again Christian can fall into sin so far...that you find yourself.. 20 years down the road
Homeless...on drugs...seemingly helpless and hopeless
yet, the GRACE OF GOD renewed his joy of salvation and set his feet once again upon a rock and put that song back into his heart!
His warning... GUARD YOUR HEART!
Psalm 119... READ the entire chapter and write this upon the tables of your heart!
God gave us his word for this very purpose...to yield our hearts, body and mind to his will and not our own. To walk with him, to think upon his ways and to guard against the wiles of the devil.
The devil is indeed a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Never underestimate that you have a will of your own...YOU make choices that determine your life's path.
God is faithful...he is always true...always near...but, he will not override the will of man. God in his mercies lets man decide. He doesn't want a bunch of robot Christians..he wants free will choices that show your desire to do right, your love of his righteousness and your thankfulness of heart for all that he has and will do for you.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. Psalm 119:2
Man...can forget...he can go astray.
Psalm 119:Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
This man testified that he began to write Bible verses on pieces of paper and kept a journal of remembering God's ways...this strengthened him and helped him. Just as the word of God says...IF YOU KEEP...HIS testimonies...if you take heed to God's word.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to they word. Psalm 119:9
He said that the t.v., advertisements in the paper and catalogs were his downfall. The exposure to lust....in day to day living...hearing and seeing their unlawful deeds.
GUARD your home..your eyes and your heart.
He began the pursuit of holiness in his life.
Everywhere you turn these things of the world are thrown in your face. You have to purposely avoid them...YOU make the choice.
Will you pursue Holiness in your life? This year.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24
As an exhortation in 2009... Dear Reader,
join me in a daily watch of our hearts and walk with the LORD! Let us walk as an example...to help others and our own selves...to give strength of hope and encouragement; that this is the good way to walk.
May God grant us the grace that was bestowed on this brother and renew in us a committed heart in the pursuit of holiness, that gives honor to the LORD Jesus Christ, edifies the church and encourages others to trust the LORD as their Saviour.
THIS IS THE DAY...I thank my GOD for his faithful WORD of truth and power that enables a man to stand up once again and testify of God's Grace and HOPE found in the LORD.