The Daily Nugget
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
As a child of God we see our society falling at a rapid pace into the detriments of sin. What was once referred to as a God fearing and God respecting nation is speedily becoming a heathen nation. Much of the biblical faith that once tied this country together has become a program of fake and frivolous man made senselessness. Old time religion based on the old paths of Jeremiah 6:16 has been widely abandoned. Once was once a Christian based government has mostly become a monstrous gang of agnostics and morons. Yes, America is in big trouble. There is a day of judgment coming to this God rejecting country. Open and hidden sin will be judged. So what do we as the remnant of believers do during these sin filled days? How do we cope with such wicked surroundings? Our text for today explains a society that was in similar shape as we are experiencing today. Habakkuk 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The prophet offers the answer to such a mess as this. Regardless of the open wickedness and the godless actions of society, I will praise the Lord. I will rejoice in the Lord. I will give Him the glory He deserves. I will be faithful to Him. I will faithfully support the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I will worship Him as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. I will honor Him as the eternal Saviour that the government is upon his shoulder and his name is called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. You see friend, no matter the shape this world is in today, we have a reason to praise Him. Regardless the sinful wickedness He is still LORD. He is still the Prince of Peace. He’s still God! And the old prophet said it well; I will joy in the God of my salvation. How can we continue faithfully among such an influential mess? It is because of the joy of salvation. Hallelujah! We, as the born again bride of Christ, have eternal joy deeply rooted into our soul because we know the ending of this situation the world is in today. We have read the promise at the end of the Book. We, as the saved by grace, are soon to lift off for Home. We will leave this mess behind. We are not even gonna take the time to shut the door and lock the house. So my friend, if you are saved, praise Him from the joy of your personal position in Christ Jesus. The end of this thing has already been determined. God still on the throne, the tomb is still empty and everything else is gonna be alright. Amen and Amen.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Philippians 2:12 …work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We must not mistake our text as saying that we can save ourselves. The meaning of this verse is that we must know within our own personal self if we are personally saved. Salvation is of the Lord. There are two beings that we must confer with in order to have the “know for sure” assurance in our soul. Earlier we looked at the security of our salvation, but today let’s look at the personal assurance of our salvation. We can rest easy knowing that salvation is secure in the possession of the sovereign God of the universe, but are we personally sure about our personal position in this salvation. Every child of God will experience many times of doubt in this walk of earthly life. If someone is truly saved there is one main reason we are guilty of doubting our personal salvation and that is carnal thinking. This carnal mind cannot figure out God nor can it comprehend His grace, therefore the human mind tends to cancel out anything that it cannot figure out. Friend, we cannot expect to have assurance of salvation through the deliberation of the carnal mind. Salvation is a celestial thing therefore cannot be assured with the human mind. It is a sovereign, eternal and spiritual matter. There are three marks in our life that can prove salvation. The first one is conversion. Do you recall a conversion time in your life? Many may say “I don’t know”. Well, if there is a conversion experience you will know. The conversion of the soul is a life altering experience. By this I do not mean a fireworks show was displayed or that you were given a resolution by the local government. If a soul is converted by the grace of God then there was conviction upon that soul. The Holy Ghost called upon that soul. Through this conviction that person realized they were lost and needed to be saved. This conviction brought on much heaviness of guilt. Even a young child under this conviction will feel the heaviness of guilt. They cannot explain it with words, but there is a squeeze of the heart, a weight of sin, and a drawing of the Spirit of God. This conversion will complete with a surrender. That person will have surrendered to the Lord’s call. Next we see that assurance of salvation can be staked down by the covenant. The Word of God is full of promises made of the Lord to His children that assure us that we are His. 1John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. We could read all day of these covenant promises. And I must say this covenant is a blood covenant through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Lastly, we know of our personal assurance by custody. All of God’s children are under protective custody. He is our Father and we are His children. Us Gentiles are His by adoption. We were outcast and homeless due to sin, but God in His rich mercy chose to save us by adoption. It is the powerful adoption of grace. Hallelujah! So what is the proof of adoption? Physically speaking, when a child is legally adopted there will be a recording in government records of this process. Then there will be a copy of the recording given to the adoptee. Dear friend, we were adopted through the saving grace of God Almighty. The records are in the eternal files of Heaven. The scriptures refer to it as the Lamb’s Book of Life. AND… a copy of the legal adoption was given to the adoptee. We are the adoptee and the record of proof is the Holy Ghost of God! Hallelujah! If a person is a true child of God they will be possessed with the Holy Ghost. This possession will cause an unmistakable fellowship between us and the other saved children of God and with God Himself. It is an unexplainable fellowship. It is an eternal fellowship. It is an energizing fellowship. Glory! I am excited as I ponder on this fellowship. It cannot be explained by human knowledge. It is a Spiritual knowledge. Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. 2Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. Well, I must close for now. I could go on until this time tomorrow discussing this wonderful matter. Assurance of salvation will always be assured with these three- conversion, covenant and custody. AMEN!
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Salvation is the most important thing of our life. Being saved by grace is life itself. Without salvation then we can expect an eternity of suffering and dying. So if salvation is that important then the last thing we want to happen is to lose this salvation. And if salvation is of the Lord then how can we secure it? What can we do to secure it that we do not take the chance of losing it? Nothing. There is nothing we can do to secure salvation. We as humans do not have authority over celestial things. Eternal powers belong to the Lord. Only He has the ability to secure salvation. Only He can keep it in place. Only He can keep it in force. So what if we disappoint God? What if we upset Him with some frivolous carnal sin? No worries! Our salvation was eternally secure before there was an us. Salvation was secured before the foundation of the world. How do we know this? Because the Lord said so! He promises us in His Word that salvation cannot be lost of us. We do not have the power to secure it, but He does! We can bank on His Word. If He said it then it… is. His Word is truth and promise in eternity. He said it and that settles it. So as a child of God how can we be sure that our salvation is still in force? Well as we mentioned, it is not a worry of ours because He has promised to keep us secure in Christ. But because we are carnal pessimist He has given us a receipt. This receipt is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the third part of the triune God. He is the living Spirit of God within us. There is no mistaking His presence. He is the living, sovereign, eternal God living and working His will within us. Amen! Am I saved? Yes! How do I know? I have a receipt!! Much of the religious world of today are strongly denying the presence and power of the Holy Ghost. Is the matter of fact, you will find very few people who are willing to call the Spirit of God by His New Testament name; The Holy Ghost. Most religious folk will barely mention Him as the Holy Spirit much less the Holy Ghost. A Ghost is the return of a dead person. Jesus died on Calvary, arose from the grave, and ascended back to the Throne room of Heaven. But before He left He made it clear that He would send us the Holy Ghost as a comforting receipt of purchase for our soul as a child of God. John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Glory Hallelujah! Security is a real thing my friend. Why go through this life not knowing when you can know?! Our salvation is secure. Amen.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Psalm 18:46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
As we step into this new day we all have an agenda. There are several things we hope to accomplish before this day is finished. Obviously we will take care of the most important things first. But before we know it this day will be finished. Just as sure as the sun rose above the horizon this morning it will disappear below the horizon this evening. Our life here on earth is very similar to a day and it appears and disappears seemingly just as fast. Life here speeds by right before our eyes. There are certain accomplishments we all hope to conquer in this life. Some are more important and vital than others. But there is one thing that stands out above all others. There is one asset that is very vital to this life. This important thing is salvation. The soul of mankind lives forever into eternity. The Word teaches us that man is created in the image of God therefore he will live forever. God cannot die and neither can the soul of man. If we have the assurance that our soul will live forever then salvation is essential. Salvation is the utmost important thing in your life. But we cannot just work hard and earn it. Many of the things in life require much hard work on our part, but salvation is not one of them. Salvation is of the Lord; Ps. 3:8. It is a Father thing. Salvation is of the Heavenly Father. It is His majesty and power that contains our eternal destiny. In the end it is His decision to determine our destiny and He will decide this depending upon our preparation for eternity. We must be saved; John 3. If we plan to miss the eternal Hell and place of the damned then we must be saved. Salvation is not only a Father thing but it is a Foundational thing. Salvation is based upon the remission of our sins. Humans are born into sin as sinners. We must be born again spiritually in order to escape the judgment of our sin. The Lord Jesus settled this great debt upon the cross. He shed His blood for the atonement of our soul. The perfect blood sacrifice is the only thing that is accepted of God for the remission of the sins of mankind; Hebrews 9. The foundation of salvation is the blood of Jesus Christ. It is a gift provided to us of the Father; John 3:16. Lastly, the scriptures teach us that salvation is not only a Father thing and a Foundational thing but it is a Faith thing. Ephesians 2 teaches us the truth of eternal salvation. It is through faith that the process is finished. It is through faith that it is active and alive upon our soul. Faith is the action of the active and living Spirit of God in us. Faith is that powerful presence in us that cannot be denied. It is that active presence in us that persuades us that He is true and that He is The Truth. Faith, it is a must to acquire salvation. Faith is the sovereign witness of the liveliness of our salvation. Salvation is the most important thing of life. Not second or third in line but the number one important thing of life. Friend, do you have salvation? Psalm 18:46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. Amen.