Above All Else

Friday, August 11, 2017, 5:30 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “As the Deer.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Psalm 101:1-5 (NASB).

I will sing of lovingkindness and justice,
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
I will give heed to the blameless way.
When will You come to me?
I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will know no evil.
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy;
No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.

His Lovingkindness

God so loved the world that he gave his One and Only Begotten Son to come into the world to die on a cross for our sins, so that anyone believing in him will not perish, but have eternal life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Light that came into the world in order to show the way to God, and to provide the way for us to be saved from our sins. But, many people love the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds are evil. So, they will not come to the Light lest their evil deeds will be exposed (See: John 3:16-20).

Yet, if we want to come to the Light, Jesus said that we must deny self, take up our cross daily (daily die to sin and self) and follow (obey) him. He said that if we hold on to our old lives (of living for sin and self), we will lose them for eternity, but if we lose our lives (die with him to sin), we will gain eternal life. Paul reiterated Jesus’ words when he said that if we walk (in lifestyle) according to the flesh, we will die in our sins, but if by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, we will live with Christ for eternity, i.e. we will have eternal life with God (Lu. 9:23-25; Ro. 8:1-14).

For, Jesus did not die on that cross merely to give us an escape from hell and the promise of heaven when we leave this earth. He died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. He who knew no sin became sin for us on that cross so that we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus gave his life up for us that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for Him. When we trust in him as Lord and as Savior of our lives, we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we are resurrected with Christ to newness of life, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. So, if we claim to have fellowship with God, but we walk (conduct our lives) in the darkness (sin), we are liars who don’t live by the truth (See: 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Co. 5:15, 21; Ro. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Gal. 5:19-25).

The Blameless Way

The purpose in Jesus dying on that cross for our sins was not to just forgive us our sins, but to deliver us out of slavery to sin, and so that we might walk in (live to) his righteousness. And, his righteousness is what is approved in His eyes, i.e. what is deemed right by him, such as morality, purity, justice, decency, truth, integrity, uprightness, and holiness, etc. His grace to us is not a free license to continue in sin without guilt and without remorse. His grace, which brings salvation, instructs (commands) us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions (lusts), and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we await Christ’s return. So, if we continue in sin, i.e. if we make it our practice, we don’t have the hope of eternal life with God (See: Gal. 5:19-25; Eph. 5:3-6; Lu. 9:23-25; Ro. 8:1-14; & 1 Jn. 1:5-9).

When we come to faith in Jesus Christ, we die to sin. So, how can we continue in it? Our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. So, we should consider ourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Sin, thus, should no longer reign in our bodies so that we obey its lusts. Instead, we should present ourselves to God as instruments of his righteousness. Sin should no longer have mastery over us, because Jesus set us free from sin addiction. When we were enslaved to sin, though, we were free from the control of righteousness, but now that we have been set free from sin, we should have become slaves (bondservants) to righteousness, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life (See: Ro. 6:1-23).

So, our salvation from sin is something that is to be lived out in our lives day by day. God’s grace to us turns us from darkness (sin) to light (righteousness) and from the power of Satan to God, so that we might receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Acts 26:16-18). And, “Lord” means “master-owner,” for we were bought back for God with the price of Jesus’ blood shed on a cross for our sins. Thus, our lives are no longer our own to be lived however we want, but we are to honor God by all that we do, say, are and think. We are to walk in obedience to his commands. And, this is how we know that we love him, and that we are his very own.

Integrity of Heart

So, what does this all look like? It means we walk no longer according to our sinful flesh, but we now walk (in lifestyle) according to (in agreement with) the Spirit of God. We conduct our lives in truthfulness, sincerity of heart, purity, faithfulness, lovingkindness, morality, and obedience and loyalty to God. We don’t seek after, long after, or look to (or at) what is evil and contrary to God and to his Word. This means we don’t let our eyes watch TV shows, movies, magazines, books, videos or still pictures or images which reveal even partial nudity, appealing to sensual lusts, or which glorify or present physically before us what is immoral, wicked and evil. We should never allow ourselves to be entertained by what is evil and by what is in conflict with God’s Word and his Spirit now living within us.

We should hate evil, in fact, and we should grieve over those who are caught in sin’s deceitfulness, praying for their deliverance. We should have no part with what is evil so that it does not get a grip on our lives once again. So, we must be careful concerning our close associations and with regard to those with whom we partner so that we do not surround ourselves with those who will only bring us down spiritually and morally. There is no fellowship between light and darkness. So, we can’t have true fellowship with those who are walking in darkness and who are conducting their lives according to the flesh, and not according to the Spirit. Bad company corrupts good character, so choose your friends wisely.

Instead of longing after and running after and seeking after what is worldly, immoral, ungodly and contrary to the teachings of scripture, we should be those who seek after our Lord, and who run after him to follow him in his ways, and in his truth. We should hunger and thirst after righteousness, not after the things of this world. We should desire God with such passion that it would be like longing for water when one is parched and is thirsty. He alone should be our hearts’ desire. We should long to worship him in spirit and in truth by yielding our hearts, minds and souls over to him, to live holy lives, pleasing to him.

We should find our full satisfaction in this life in Him, and he should be the one to whom we go with our problems, our concerns and our requests. He is the one we should lean on, rely upon, and learn from. We should not trust in ourselves and in our own resources, thinking or reasoning. And, we should not follow other humans above God. Our full allegiance (commitment, loyalty, faithfulness) should be to him alone, and to no other gods should we give our worship, praise, adoration and devotion. Our Lord should be everything to us, and we should love and desire him above all else.

As the Deer / Martin J. Nystrom
Based off Psalm 42:1

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after You
You alone are my heart’s desire…

You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield…

Know No Evil

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 6:30 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “He Keeps Me Singing.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Psalm 101 (NASB).

Integrity of Heart (vv. 1-4)

A Psalm of David.

I will sing of lovingkindness and justice,
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
I will give heed to the blameless way.
When will You come to me?
I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will know no evil.

I will sing of God’s lovingkindness towards us, i.e. I will sing of his love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, steadfastness, and faithfulness. I will sing about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died on a cross for our sins, and who took our punishment for us so we could be set free from the curse of sin, which is death, and be free from bondage (addiction) to sin. I will praise him for his great salvation provided for us, and for eternal life, which is with God, promised to all who would put their faith and trust in him as Lord and as Savior of their lives. I will sing, too, of his compassion, and of the encouragement he gives to those who are walking in his ways. And, I will praise him, too, for the comfort, strength, guidance, and empowerment he provides for us so we might live holy and godly lives, pleasing to him.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we all ought to say with David that we will be mindful to walk (conduct our lives) according to the way of Christ’s righteousness. We should also be committed to walking (in lifestyle) within our houses, our jobs, neighborhoods, or within our church gatherings with integrity (honesty, honor and uprightness) of heart. We should not set any worthless thing before our eyes, too. This means we should not watch anything on TV, in movies, on the internet, in books, magazines, or live and in person which would bring dishonor to God’s name, either by the watching of it, or by the content of what we are viewing itself. But, this goes even beyond this to say we ought not to put what is worthless (rubbish, useless) before our eyes, too. Some things are just a waste of time, and God has better things for us to do, which would be useful to his kingdom work.

In the New Testament we are told to hate what is evil and to cling to that which is good (Ro. 12:9). We, too, should hate what God hates and love what he loves. God hates idolatry, sexual immorality, lies, deceit, pride, murder, evil plots, false witnesses, child abuse and evil doers, etc. But, he loves the people of the world, mercy, kindness, truth, faithfulness, integrity, and righteousness, etc. Yet, many who call themselves Christians have reversed this to where they take pleasure in evil, via what they watch on TV, in movies, on the internet, or in person, etc. And, they reject repentance, obedience, and submission to God and to his righteousness. So, they end up calling evil good and good evil. And, they cling to evil rather than to good.

Yet, to become a follower of Jesus Christ, we must deny self and take up our cross daily and follow (obey) him. If we hold on to our old lives (of living for sin and self), we will lose them for eternity, but if we lose our lives (die with Christ to sin), for the sake of his name, we will gain eternal life (Lu. 9:23-25). If we walk (in lifestyle) according to our sinful flesh, we will die in our sins without Christ, and without the hope of heaven when we die, or when we leave this earth. But, if by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of our sinful flesh, we will live with Christ for eternity (See: Ro. 8:1-14). If we say we have fellowship with God, but we walk (conduct our lives) in darkness (sin), we are liars, and we do not live by the truth (1 Jn. 1:6).

So, a perverse (obstinate) heart must depart from us, i.e. we must repent of our sin. And, we are to know no evil. What this word “know” means, in context, is that we are not to be intimately associated with evil. We should not be “in bed” with evil. We should not do anything that would show agreement with evil, including allowing ourselves to be entertained by it. And, we are not to be partners with or partakers in evil, at all, in any shape or form.

Workers of Evil (vv. 5-8)

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy;
No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.
He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.
Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
So as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity.

What the Lord Jesus is showing me here is that there is a present evil, particularly here in America, which many Christians are partnering (participating) with, probably most of them without any knowledge or understanding, because they have been duped by master manipulators and deceivers into believing their lies. What the Lord has been showing me for many years is that the US government is not the actual government of these United States, but that they serve (bow to) a shadow government of the Elite of the world, which is the de facto government here in the US. And, they use our government and military and news media to work for them in bringing the world under the subjection of the New World Order (beast).

Our government and military, for years, have been going into other nations under false pretenses, usually via false flag operations and the creating (orchestrating, instigating) of chaos within these nations, thus giving them an excuse to go inside. Inside these other nations, and now somewhat inside our own nation, as well, they rape, pillage, confiscate property not their own, destroy and take over sovereign nations, and murder innocents, including Christians, and at will, with no conscience on the part of those making these decisions. They are forcing other nations to bow to the beast, and they are also forcing unity with the beast and with its new world order and its one-world religion. And, they are against all those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus (Rev. 12:17).

This means we cannot trust our government, our mainstream media or our military officials to tell us the truth. Most of what we read or see in the news is fabricated, twisted, and/or completely orchestrated (scripted) from beginning to end, as is much of what we see in the political realm, as well. Our politicians, for the most part, are merely actors in a play who are just following their scripted roles, which is often for the purposes to deceive and to distract the American people, so they believe the lies and disbelieve the truth. For example, this whole “fake news” scenario is to get people to believe the mainstream media and to reject all other sources of truth, and they have been very successful in accomplishing their purposes, too.

So, Donald Trump has no real authority, nor does Congress, for they answer to this shadow government of the Elite of the world, i.e. the All-seeing eye which hovers over top the unfinished pyramid on our national seal; also on our $1 bill. Whether Trump gets booted from his office as president or not, I do not know, but I do know that who is getting the real boot is the US as a sovereign nation, and we are being taken over by this New World Order (beast). And, I know that the US was intended to be the instrument to bring about this N.W.O. from the very beginning, which is evidenced by our national symbols. Our forefathers were primarily freemasons, which is a false religion with a false god, and our nation was founded on syncretism, not on Christianity, which is also evidenced by our national symbols and the statues and buildings in D.C., including the layout of our capital city.

What this all means is that the US, or just our government, military and financial district, is the harlot which rides the beast and which sits on many waters, i.e. on peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues (Rev. 17). And, much of the church, via the 501c3 institutional church, is in bed with her, i.e. they are in bed with pure evil. They have partnered with an evil government in complete contradiction to God’s commands to not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, and against the teachings of scripture with regard to turning the house of prayer into a marketplace, and with regard to turning to a human government for their support and help. So, God is calling his church to come out of this Babylon so that she does not share in her sins and in her punishment, for her sins are piled high to heaven (Rev. 18:4-10).

He Keeps Me Singing / Luther B. Bridgers

There’s within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low:
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
In all of life’s ebb and flow.

All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
Discord filled my heart with pain;
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
Stirred the slumbering chords again.

Though sometimes he leads through waters deep,
Trials fall across the way,
Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
See his footprints all the way.

Feasting on the riches of his grace,
Resting neath his sheltering wing,
Always looking on his smiling face,
That is why I shout and sing.

Soon he’s coming back to welcome me
Far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown;
I shall reign with him on high.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Sweetest name I know,
Fills my every longing,
Keeps me singing as I go.