Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are? Oh, do not mind;
His house is what I left behind.
He will not see me stopping here
Watching his woods fill up with sheer
Rain and ice and snow and sleet
(I’m longing for a bit of heat).
My little horse is sad and sullen;
I urge him on, but no, he ‘wooden’
Move an inch, but shakes his head,
Says, “Hate these woods; wish I were dead!”

But I cannot be stranded here
In these horrid woods, all dark and queer,
The blizzard hits with icy rain
(Both horse and I, we feel the pain)
I’m already soaked, I feel the chill;
Pneumonia’s something no one will
Contemplate on an evening trip
(I know I sound like One Big Drip)
Made through woods with spindly trees
(I think I am going to freeze)

I wish I had remained at home
(I feel the chill enter my bones)
And did some cooking on my stove,
But poets love to drift and rove
Through haunted woods with foreboding trees
(And here I give out One Big Sneeze)
My horse is drowned in snow and sleet,
And I am dying on my seat!

(The Frosty poet succumbed in ice)
I think this poem will suffice
To warn us never to travel in snow,
The end is freezing death and woe.

Tan Pratonix

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THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

I am now going to share with you the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that

i. We are born sinners. Read Rom 3.23. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Read also Rom 3.12.)

ii. The Bible says the wages (the result) of sin is death, Rom 6.23. “The soul that sins shall die.” Ezek 18.4b.

iii. Heb 9.27 tells us that after death (physical death) there is judgment – judgment by God! Then unrepentant sinners will be cast into the lake of fire which is the second death, Rev 20.14.

iv. However, God in His infinite mercy does not want any one in the world to perish. 1 Tim 2.4; 2 Pet 3.9; Ezek 33.11. Since the penalty of sin has to be paid (God is a just God, a God of righteousness, a holy God who condemns the guilty), God bore that penalty Himself (through His beloved Son who bore the punishment for sin on the Cross).
So the Bible says, in Rom 5.8, “God demonstrated His love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Gal 3.13 goes further by saying that Christ became a curse for us; He bore the curse and punishment for sin, on the Cross of Calvary. (The crown of thorns speaks of the curse, for thorns are a symbol of the curse.)
1 Pet 1.19 says we have been redeemed (from sin, Satan and death) by the precious incorruptible blood of Jesus Christ. Eph 1.7 says, “In Him (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
2 Cor 5.21 says, “Christ became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” A divine transaction took place when we believed in Christ dying for our sins on the Cross: He took our sins and gave us divine righteousness. That means, no one can accuse us or lay a charge against us; we are completely acquitted by the Heavenly Court. We are clothed in His righteousness, which means we are completely justified – i.e. ‘just as if I have never sinned’.

v. Since Christ paid the debt of my sin on the Cross, and not only my debt, but the debt of sin of the whole world (read 1 John 2.2), and since His sacrifice on Calvary was accepted by the Father (which is why He rose again from the dead; read Rom 4.25) – God now offers salvation from sin as a free gift of His grace to all mankind. That is the Gospel. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Eph 2.8

vi. Christ did everything for our salvation (complete deliverance from sin and not only deliverance, but also being clothed with His righteousness – which means eternal salvation, and eternal security). We must accept Him and His sacrifice on the Cross for our sins. The gift is offered (salvation; Christ Himself). We can either accept Christ or reject Christ. Read John 1.12. “As many as received Him, to those who believed in His name, to them He gave the right to become children of God.”

Dear friend, I have given you the gospel in simple terms, easily understood. You must believe that the Bible is the Word of God – that it is inerrant, infallible, faithful and true. This is God’s Word, and the greatest truth contained in God’s Word is the truth of salvation by grace. Are you going to believe the truth? Are you going to accept Christ as your personal Saviour? Do you believe in His sacrifice on Calvary for the sin of the whole world (John 1.29)? What prevents you from believing? Come just as your are – a vile and wretched sinner – and accept that sacrifice, accept Christ as the Saviour of the world (John 4.42) and your own personal Saviour. Believe that there is power, wonder-working power in the Blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1.7; Rev 12.11; Heb 9.14). I tell you that your whole life will be transformed, and you will experience divine peace, divine joy, eternal life, the power of resurrection, and – best of all – the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, will come and dwell in you and you will have the inner witness that you are now the child of God.

I received Christ as my personal Saviour and my Lord and my God 27 years ago. Will you now read this entire post, read all the Bible verses that are given, believe in God’s Word (the Word of Truth) and become God’s child, eternally saved, eternally secure? I may add that if you reject the gift of grace, then only judgment awaits you – and if you care to read the Book of Revelation, you will know what a terrible judgment that is! You have a choice before you – life or death. Eternal life is in Jesus Christ; choose Him as your Saviour. Do it now in all humility and brokenness! May the Spirit of God convict you of your great need for salvation! May the Holy Spirit bring you to the Cross! May you receive the blessed gift of eternal salvation this very day as you (with a humble and contrite heart) finish reading this post!

If you wish to contact me, you may message me. I will pray for you. God bless you!

JK

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BE CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY

“…be clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5).

The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Simon Peter on the day of His resurrection as we read in Luke 24:34, “The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.” We can imagine why Simon Peter ran to the empty sepulchre after Mary told him that the sepulchre was empty. Perhaps while he was returning from the sepulchre, the Lord Jesus Christ met Peter, thus giving him an opportunity to ask forgiveness for denying Him three times. What a great joy the apostle Peter must have experienced when he tasted the abundant grace, and forgiveness of the Lord Jesus Christ!

The more we humble ourselves at the Lord’s feet and continue in His presence with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, the more we enjoy His power of resurrection. We find the same Peter writing in his first epistle chapter 5 verse 6, to all believers, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time”. He also says in verse 5, “…be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble”.

We also read in Matt. 23:12, “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that humble himself shall be exalted”. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself washed the feet of the disciples before He was crucified giving us an example of how to love and serve one another with a real sense of humility and brokenness. Our holy and mighty God lives only in two places according to Isa 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” He does not live in places made by man’s hands. Also our Lord said in Matt. 11:29 “…learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” We have to learn this lesson life-long to be kept humble in His presence. It is very easy for us to be proud and puffed up whenever we see God working mightily in us and through us. May the Lord keep us humble and save us from the great temptations of robbing God of His glory.

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PSALM 126

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psa. 126:5).
 
In Psalm 126:5,6 we read of the step we should take when we return to the Lord after our backsliding, as did the people of Israel. When we had been away from God through our disobedience, defeat and failure, we lost our first love, our burden for prayer and our interest in God’s Word. In this miserable state we caused other people also to go astray. God’s people were carried away as captives unto Babylon because of their disobedience; but when after 70 years they repented, the Lord brought them back to the promised land. When they returned their joy was great but it was mixed with sadness and tears. Our joy in being restored to fellowship with the Lord is always accompanied by tears. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 we find our Lord calling believers, in five out of seven churches to repentance.
 
The charge against the church at Ephesus is the loss of their first love (Rev. 2:4). Believers at Ephesus were well taught not only by Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, and by Timothy his helper, but also by John, one of the twelve disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet after a while they lost their first love and our Lord strongly rebuked them. Sometimes we also have such an experience. Through some subtle temptation we become cold and indifferent, our prayer burden becomes less and we have no concern for perishing souls. What is worse, we are content to remain in this state. But our gracious God, because of His everlasting love draws us to Himself and we humble ourselves and return to Him. Then He restores to us the lost joy and peace, and tears are mixed with our joy; tears for having grieved our Lord, tears over our lost opportunities and tears for having led others astray. After such experiences we are in a better position to help other believers who fall. We can go to them with tears as in Psalm 126:5,6.
B.S.

 

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GOD FINDS HIS REST IN OUR OBEDIENCE

“… All that the Lord (Jehovah) hath said will we do, and be obedient” (Exodus 24:7).
 
David, having been freed from chaff at the threshing floor of Araunah, was given the plan for God’s Temple to be built on the very same site. At that very place too, Abraham proved God and passed his last test of faith. In Genesis 22:1-2 God appeared to him and told him to offer up his only son Isaac on Mount Moriah. Without questioning God, Abraham took Isaac and prepared to offer him, laying him on the altar, believing that though he should slay his son, the Lord was able to raise him up.
 
With such a faith and without doubting or questioning God’s Word or His ways, we too may take our share in the House of God. Whatever God says, believe and obey Him. He cannot make a mistake. Sometimes we begin to argue like Peter as if we know better than God. In Acts 10:9-16 God spoke three times to Peter, and Peter said, “Not so, Lord.” The Lord never asks anybody to do anything wrong. But Peter refused to obey Him, and argued with all sincerity. We do not realize how much we grieve the Lord by questioning His dealings with us. We ask why the Lord permits such suffering, such difficulties, and sorrows and painful experiences in our lives even though we are so good and obedient and active in His service.
 
We see in Acts 9:11-15 that the Lord said to Ananias, “Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus.” Then Ananias also hesitated. “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me…”. So we too must obey Him without knowing, and must not doubt, question or argue. Our wisdom is foolishness with God. So we must receive the revelation of God’s purpose for His House. We may build good buildings and have campaigns, and yet not come into God’s plan and purpose.
 
In Psalm 132:7 David seems to have had the revelation of God’s purpose in His House. As we come to His feet in humility and brokenness we will receive revelation. God wants humble and contrite hearts which will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Those who have learned to worship Him thus, will be true to Him day by day. They will be willing to take share in the building of God’s House.
 
In worship we learn to give to God. But many want only to receive. Many worship in words but not from their hearts. In verse 8 of Psalm 132 David says, he wants to give God rest, satisfaction and pleasure. We need to seek God even in the smallest matters of life and in these also to know and to do His will. Such a life is only possible as we enthrone our Lord Jesus Christ as King. Then we will learn by experience. Our obedience will give God His rest.
B.S.
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BEING A CO-WORKER OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35).
 
The Lord Jesus Christ could see a great harvest in Samaria by bringing the Samaritan woman to Himself. He could see multitudes who would be saved through her. His eyes can see everything. He is our Creator and knows all about us. He has all power. He invites us with great love. If you are saved He wants to save many more through you. That is how you become a co-worker with Him. The Samaritans were the first Gentiles who confessed that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. What a revelation! All this was the result of the testimony of the woman. She was transformed quickly and fully because of true repentance. At the same time she received full revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. Then she became a means of revealing the Lord Jesus to others.
 
See how the Lord made Hannah also His co-worker. At that time God wanted a person or an instrument to rebuke Eli. If God wanted, He could have sent angels for that purpose, but God’s plan is to use human beings. His choice fell upon Hannah, who began to see that God also had some need, which a poor woman like her could meet by bringing forth a child like Samuel. Thus through her prayer she became God’s co-worker.
 
Similarly, the Lord gained ground into Ethiopia by saving one eunuch (Acts 8:26-27). The Lord asked Philip to go to the desert. As he obeyed, God guided him. The Ethiopian repented, believed and was baptized. And even today, there are believers in Ethiopia. The work began in a desert. Philip was God’s co-worker.
 
Lydia also became God’s co-worker (Acts 16:14-15). Through her, Gospel was taken to Europe and the first church in Europe was established in her house in Philippi. After a few years we find many believers in Philippi (Phil. 1:1). Not only that, in a very short time, they had deacons and elders. Also they learned to give liberally for the Lord’s work (Phil. 4:15-16). Lydia welcomed and received Paul and his whole party joyfully. Her life was an example and inspiration to all believers in Philippi. And thus the assembly in Philippi became so strong, with bold witnesses. Many churches were established in that whole region. Thus Lydia also became a co-worker with God.
 
Whosoever you may be, the Lord wants you to be His co-worker and partner. He wants that many more should be brought into His Kingdom through your humility. You may be small but remember that you too have a share in the building of His Church. Many doors are open. With all our handicaps God will use all of us, but we must be willing to obey Him and be true to the heavenly vision.
B.S.
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DIVINE PEACE, DIVINE JOY

“Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
 
Those who are going to be joined together as life-partners in the presence of God and before His people have a longing to be blessed by God. The very fact that they want to be joined in the House of God shows their longing that the Lord may bless their union. They know somehow, unless God blesses their union, whatever they may do or possess will not bring true happiness in their lives. But God also wants His own divine laws to be fulfilled before He can bless them. He is the God of blessing, and He desires to bless us as He says in Heb. 6:14, “Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee”. That means, as far as God is concerned He is willing to bless us throughout eternity. It also means, that He goes on adding blessing to blessing every day, every month, every year and throughout the ages. There is no end to it. What a promise and what a blessing! and that blessing is upon all those who call upon God.
 
God is not a respecter of persons. Whatever He offers to one He offers to all, provided you are willing to abide by the divine laws. Whatever He gives is for eternity and in abundance. He wants to give us everything in fulness and abundance as we read in John 16:24, “Ask… that your joy may be full”. These words were spoken to those disciples who were with Him for three and a half years. During those years, they saw many miracles performed by our Lord Jesus and were privileged to be with Him when He performed the miracles.
 
The disciples also performed miracles, and came back rejoicing to tell the Lord, “Even the devils are subject unto us through thy name”. But the Lord knew that none of those things could make their joy full. He did not want them to take pride in the miracles they had performed. So He said, “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). When you are sure that your name is found in the Book of Life, only then will your life be blessed abundantly. New life will give you new joy. When the new life comes into us the Lord will teach us all His divine laws. The divine life will make you content and give you true inward peace as the Lord said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.
 
Whatever we receive from the world in the form of wealth, gold, silver, honour, position and prosperity is only for a short time. You find your earthly joy melting away after you have received what you have desired. But there is a joy which becomes more and more in suffering and trials. It does not depend upon our health, position, wealth or knowledge.
 
B.S.
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