by John MacArthur – Grace To You
We’ve been talking about the spiritual battle and the spiritual struggle that we as believers engage in. We have looked fairly closely at Romans 7. We now understand who we are in Christ. The essential new nature, the new creature that we are. We know we have a struggle with sin. And we clarified, I trust, so that you understand and that you have the joy of the realization that the truest and purest expression of who you are is that longing and that love for righteousness and for our Lord.
Now, the battle does rage and I would be unfaithful to you if I didn’t give you some insight into how to gain victory in that day-to-day struggle. And we want to talk about that tonight. We’re gonna talk about tonight maybe the negative side, how to sort of overpower sin and next Sunday night we’re gonna make a bit of a more positive statement along that line as well.
But to begin with, I want to borrow from the Old Testament a story that will serve for us as an illustration. It is purely an illustration. It’s an analogy. I don’t normally use Old Testament stories in this fashion. But I think it’s so memorable that it works. And I remember when I was writing the book The Vanishing Conscience, that this struck me and became a part of a chapter in that book… read and listen
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Learn more about the Armour of God
August 14, eight people were killed in Mali during two separate attacks, seven at the UN mission in the ancient city of Timbuktu and one in Douenza, 130 miles to the south.
Militants who shot and killed 18 people at a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital the same day most likely came from Mali, a security source in Ouagadougou told the AFP news source on Wednesday. “Looking at the tactics of the assailants, their physical traits, they probably came from northern Mali or closer to the border” with Burkina Faso, an army officer said on condition of anonymity. No group has so far claimed responsibility, but Burkina Faso has witnessed a string of such attacks…. read more
2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
This article is so important that I’ve posted all of it. The Pope did not write the article but two of his top lieutenants did. If I understand the article correctly, one was a Presbyterian pastor and the other was a Jesuit. I just wrote about how dangerous I believe the Jesuit order is within the Catholic Church. The Pope is one, and he is surrounding himself with Jesuits. Remember the Jesuits were created by the Pope in the 1500s to stop the Reformation and they were brutal against believers.
This article is a direct attack on Bible believing Christians and on America. There is so much in it that I really can’t comment about it because right now my head is spinning. This is a direct Hard Left attack because they have figured out that the power base of America rests in the real church, and now they are attacking the power source. I see this Pope as being just as Hard Left as Obama. In fact, he can be the Obama of the Catholic Church!<!–more–>
A senior Republican politician is among five people wounded after a gunman opened fire at a baseball game in the US.
Steve Scalise was playing with fellow Congressmen and staff when a gunman peppered the baseball pitch with 50 bullets, according to eyewitnesses.
Congressman Scalise, the majority whip in the House of Representatives, was reportedly hit in the hip and police officers were also wounded, according to reports.
Donald Trump tweeted to say the Congressman was “badly injured but will fully recover”.
Representative Brad Wenstrup, an army veteran who was at the scene, reportedly said: “I felt like I was back in Iraq but without my weapon.”… read more
On April 2, 2015 148 people were killed in the al Shabaab attack on the Garissa University in north-eastern Kenya. Frederick Gitonga, the former chairman of the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS), miraculously survived the attack. Looking back, he tells Open Doors workers he remained standing thanks only to the grace of God and the prayers of supporters and for the purpose of preaching the gospel.
In the lead up to the April 2nd Garissa University massacre, rumors of an imminent attack circulated. “Sometimes we would hear people saying: ‘You guys will be attacked, terrorists are planning to come and bomb you’.” As a result some students left the university.
The night before the attack, Fred stayed up until 2 AM counselling a Christian friend. The next morning he was so tired he slept in. It was very unusual for him to miss the 5AM prayer session.
That meeting was the attackers’ first target. They killed all 22 people present…. read more
Proverbs 2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
Soros and Orban
George Soros ‘Has Ruined the Lives of Millions of Europeans’ Says Hungarian Prime Minister
“Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a stinging speech in the European Parliament Wednesday, asserting Hungary’s right to self-governance and defending its actions regarding immigration and against American financial speculator George Soros.
“I know that the power, size and weight of Hungary is much smaller than that of the financial speculator, George Soros, who is now attacking Hungary,” Orbán said.
“Despite ruining the lives of millions of European with his financial speculations, being penalized in Hungary for speculations, and who is an openly admitted enemy of the euro, he is so highly praised that he is received by the EU’s top leaders,” he said.”… read more
By Pastor Paul, Director of Bibles for Mideast
My risen Lord Jesus Christ has saved my life once again, and I praise and thank God for His unspeakable grace! Certainly I am not worthy of it.
The Assembly of Loving God (ALG) Church of Bibles for Mideast called for 21 days fasting and prayer from March 13 to April 2. As that drew to a close, more than 3000 former Muslims were baptized in many of our churches in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Lord enabled me to baptize many people during this time.
About three weeks ago, I was changing my wet clothes after an early-morning baptism service for one of our churches. Suddenly, militants began stoning me and our group. My head was severely injured and bloodied, and a number of others sustained injuries as well.
Believers rushed me to the nearest hospital. An examination showed serious damage to my skull, so I was transferred to a specialist hospital for immediate surgery. Authorities there, however, refused to do surgery before receiving payment. My poor believing friends somehow managed to comply… read more
Christians in Sydney, Australia, are being advised to hide their crosses after an Arabic-speaking gang shouting “F*** Jesus!” attacked a couple on a train while transport officers looked on from a “safe space” and did nothing.
The Sydney-based Daily Telegraph – a News Corp outlet unrelated to the Telegraph Media Group newspaper of the same name – reports the couple were attacked while riding the train through “Muslim enclaves” in south-west Sydney.
Mike, who asked for his surname to be withheld for fear he might be targeted, said that four men of Middle Eastern appearance ripped his cross from his neck, stomped on it, and rained kicks and punches on his face, back, and shoulders. Two women attacked his girlfriend when she tried to protect him.
Five uniformed transport officers watched the attack take place but failed to intervene, Mike claimed, leaving the police to meet the train at a later station…. read more
lhwm notes: Are you running from your enemy? Just exactly who is your enemy?
John 10:10 (AMPC) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy…
Your enemy is Satan – in order to break free learn more about the word enemy.