Is there ever a bad time for
revival… in this our land,
when those that know God’s
grace are still here and stand?
I say there is ever hope to be
known and shown those without…
without an understanding of God’s
love- it gives rise for us to shout,
shout long and free that God’s love
be shown today, and every other day,
let it not be said man’s judgement of
wrong or right is first in turn to say,
here is the test, will God’s will come
first, and are we really in the know?
Let us love (true love) outcast Brothers,
Mothers or orphans withouta show,
Feed the sheep, His own or not, and
let’s not dally to His calling, His goal,
tend the sheep (his own or not) lest
we leave them fodder for hell’s shoal,
no matter how good we think we are
there is the standard of God’s own Son,
Jesus just a man… unlike any man,
God Himself, without Him we’re done.
There is a ‘Pearly Gate’ to wait for the
souls of men, one and all, by call,
there are the gates of hell too… real
enough to speak to hearts that fall.
[Look below, found under the compare link and in Commentary for 1 Peter 4:14]
13. inasmuch as–The oldest manuscripts read, “in proportion as”; “in as far as” ye by suffering are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that is, by faith enter into realizing fellowship with them; willingly for His sake suffering as He suffered.
with exceeding joy–Greek, “exulting joy”; now ye rejoice amidst sufferings; then ye shall EXULT, for ever free from sufferings ( 1 Peter 1:61 Peter 1:8 ). If we will not bear suffering for Christ now, we must bear eternal sufferings hereafter.
[Look below, found under the compare link and in Commentary for Philippians 3:18]
There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. Sin is the sinner’s shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end.
reaching forth–with hand and foot, like a runner in a race, and the body bent forward. The Christian is always humbled by the contrast between what he is and what he desires to be.
apprehend . . . apprehended–“If so be that I may lay hold on that (namely, the prize, Philippians 3:14 ) for which also I was laid hold on by Christ” (namely, at my conversion, Solomon 1:4 , 1 Corinthians 13:12 ).
[An abstract from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, on Good, Goodness, seen below]
Human goodness is modeled on divine goodness ( Matt 5:48 ). For human beings goodness involves right behavior, expresses itself in kindness and other praiseworthy qualities, includes avoiding evil, and springs from the inner person. Since then God’s curse has fallen on “those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” ( Isa 5:20 ).
It is then found to be true, there is a distinct difference between what man can claim as being good and what God knows to be good… it would be better to be found in right step with God‘s will– in a space God calls good for man to be!
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
“Because I follow the thing that good is. If men hate us for this reason we may rejoice to bear it: their wrath is the unconscious homage which vice renders to virtue. That anger that in remorse should burn against their own sin is set against their reprovers.”
Good men, by setting their sorrow continually before them, have been ready to fall; but by setting God always before them, they have kept their standing. If we are truly penitent for sin, that will make us patient under affliction. Nothing goes nearer to the heart of a believer when in affliction, than to be under the apprehension of God’s deserting him; nor does any thing come more feelingly from his heart than this prayer, “Be not far from me.”
Christ, the true Noah, which same shall comfort us, hath by his sufferings already prepared the ark, and kindly invites us by faith to enter in. While the day of his patience continues, let us hear and obey his voice.