Archive for August 23rd, 2012


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 The Milky Way in the Himalayas.


For over forty years, I have heard of the two facets of God’s will:  His “sovereign will” and His “permissive will.”  His “sovereign will” was described as His determining the order and the outcome of His plan for each individual and the collective whole of mankind, while His “permissive will” had to do with God allowing man to have a free will.  Yesterday, I heard an awesome sermon from Pastor Tibbs in which he described the two facets of God’s will as being His “sovereign will” and His “pleasing will.”  At first, I thought he was simply using a different term to describe “permissive will,” but I soon realized that he had a whole different view of man’s free will.  He had my full attention.

In 2 Peter 3:9, we read, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  But is that verse to be taken by itself as truth, or should it be taken in the context of what the entire Bible has to say?  Obviously, since Scripture is inspired of God, and therefore, cannot contradict itself, what the rest of God’s Word has to say on the subject must determine what this particular passage means. 

Men do perish.  Unsaved men do die and wait in hell for their sentencing at the Lord’s Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11).  So, while it does not please God that any should perish, yet according to His sovereignty, men who reject His Son will do just that:  perish!  His “sovereign will” has determined their end. 

Perhaps the best example of the difference between God’s two-faceted will is the Crucifixion.  You and I know that it did not please God to see the sin of the world placed upon His Son during the six- hour torture of hanging on a cross.  And yet, when Jesus prayed, “O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done” (Mt. 26:42), it is obvious by the outcome what God’s “sovereign will” was.  He gave His Son to pay for our sin!

We can only please God when we act according to His sovereign will!


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Major Daniel Webster Whittle (1840-1901) was an American evangelist, Bible teacher and hymn writer. Through the influence of D. L. Moody, he entered full-time evangelism.  This is one of his many hymns…

Going forth at Christ’s command,
Going forth to every land;
Full salvation making known,
Through the blood of God’s dear Son.

Serving God through all our days,
Toiling not for purse or praise;
But to magnify His name,
While the gospel we proclaim.

Seeking only souls to win,
From the deadly power of sin;
We would guide their steps aright,
Out of darkness into light.

“Saved to serve!” the watchword ring,
“Saved to serve,” our glorious King;
Tell the story o’er and o’er,
“Saved to serve” forever more.

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

There is only ONE statement made by our Lord Jesus Christ that is recorded in all four Gospels:

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  Matthew 16: 24-25

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”  Mark 8:35

“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”  Luke 14:27

“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”  John 12: 25-26


The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:16  “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!”

It’s my prayer, that each new day is one in which we offer ourselves as servants to our  Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ!  Our life does not belong to us… it is HIS!

August 23, 2012 by alwayzhis  at http://learning2bestill.com/2012/08/23/saved-to-serve/#respond

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Eu te-am iubit intai


1) Eu te-am iubit inainte ca tu sa fi existat
Si drept dovada,ca jertfa pentru tin’ M-am dat
Am asteptat ca sa te nasti si asa sa Ma cunosti
Iar ca protectie Ti-am dat cerestile osti.

2) Eu te-am iubit inainte ca tu sa ma fi cunoscut,
Ti-am dovedit aceasta prin tot ce am facut
In rasaritul dulce din dimineti senine
Si-n asfintitu-n care,tu imi spuneai:,,-ramai straine“.

3) Eu te-am iubit inainte ca tu sa fi meritat
Si-am dovedit aceasta cand la moarte in locul tau
M-am dat.
Cand pentru tine am baut pana la fund paharul
Si-n locul tau,eu am gustat durerea si amarul.

4) Eu te-am iubit inainte ca tu sa ma iubesti
Si-am dovedit aceasta in fapte,nu povesti.
Ti-am declarat ca te iubesc din inima, mereu
Si o sa fiu cu tine cand drumu-ti va fi greu.

5) Eu te-am iubit inainte ca tu sa te intorci
Si-am dovedit aceasta,cand venit-ai de la porci.
Nu m-am uitat la zdrente sau la traista-ti goala
Ti-am aratat iubirea…Iubirea ce nu-nsala.

6) Eu te-am iubit inainte ca tu sa fii curat
Si-am dovedit aceasta,cand pregatitu-ti-am palat
Cand jertfa am depus sa poti a te spala
Cand poarta am deschis-o sa poti in cer intra.

Eu te-am iubit inainte !…

7) …De-atata vreme m-ai iubit o Doamne
Si ce pacat ca au trecut atatea toamne,
Pana am ajuns iubirea sa-Ti patrund
Si hotarat-am , Doamne,sa-Ti raspund.

8) Dar vreau sa stii ca Te iubesc ,Stapane
Nu doar pentru apa,haine si zilnica paine,
Ci pentru iubirea-Ti mare,curata,nesecata
Ce revarsat-ai Doamne,in viata mea patata.

9) Te iubesc,o,Doamne ca-n’tai Tu m-ai iubit.
Ca-n zilele de incercare,Tu nu m-ai parasit
Si nu ai renuntat la cautare dupa mine
Cand eu umblam ratacitor pe cai straine.

10) Eu te iubesc,tarziu…dar Te iubesc,Stapane
Si vreau ca pe altaru-ti sacru sa ma jertfesc pe
Ca astfel sa ma darui Tie pe deplin…
Sa te iubesc de-a pururi,acum si-n veci amin.



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Born again believers exist in one of two states:  they are either “filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18), or they are, as Paul described it, “carnal,” or “walking in the flesh” (1 Cor. 3:1; Gal. 5:16).  He said you can tell which of the two states you are in at any given time, by the “fruit” you are producing.  He wrote:  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other. . . .  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these:  adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. . . .  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:16-23).

Paul described his personal struggle with his two natures in Romans 7:1-25.  He concluded by saying, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin” (v. 24-25).  John described the state of the believer as being one of righteousness, or being one of sin (unrighteousness – 1 Jn. 1:8-10).  Notice his epistle was written to those who are said to be in a state of fellowship with other believers, and with God, Himself (1 Jn. 1:3).

James explained how a believer can guard himself against living according to his fleshly desires, and living according to the will of God.  He wrote, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (Jam. 1:22-25).

Believes are controlled by someone:  the Holy Spirit, or themselves! 


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