Resolve.

Resolve.


Without a doubt, especially as the days grow so ever darker, we, especially us men, need a holy and right resolve unto godliness.

Recently, the Scripture passage below has been exceptionally convicting and challenging for me. I pray that these words will stick firmly in the mind and grip the depths of our innermost being. Personally pray and seek God as to the really of this type of authentic reality and resolution.

“I will ponder the way that is blameless.

Oh when will you come to me?

I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.

I hate the work of those who fall away;

it shall not cling to me.

A perverse heart shall be far from me; 

I will know nothing of evil.”

Psalm 101:2-5

All of Psalm 101 is edifying, but these few verses alone are enough to send us to our knees.

Let us ask ourselves, as we ought to do:

Is this a reality in my life?

Is this my resolve to be godly and seek to please God?

Have I been convicted to live in such a way?

If not, may we be a people, men, who will live in such a way!


Jeremy B. Strang

Christian. Husband. Father. Author.

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The Collision of Will and the Constraining Love of Christ

It is the power of God working conversion in the lives of men (and women) as men choose to embrace the love of God in and through Christ’s propitiation that was demonstrated for all. For God has indeed made Himself known – yet most will deny Him and deny His love. But those who truly embrace Christ are first to admit, even though their wills are free and active in making sound decisions, their power is grossly insufficient to craft a darkened sin laden heart into a new creation. And although God is indeed sovereign and omniscient, although the book of life has already been written, what man, woman or child, what beast or flower of the earth, what vast universe can attain such knowledge?

Therefore, in working under God’s sovereignty, and working in His economy, we, that is those of us truly born again to new life, are constrained by the love of God to be witnesses, in love, mercy, patience, and humility to every person that we meet. Thus our hope is that more people will yet have their free will collide headlong with the person of Christ and the sovereignty and power of God. For to His glory that we labor, and that we would boast in Him, giving verbal mention and practical application of our lives to Christ His Son and His powerful working Spirit. For our will, regardless of its given freedom, is ever so temporal and will one day need be given account for by its owner.

Let us boast in our God and respond to our salvation by being good witnesses of His workings, salvations, graces and mercies. For who knows what man yet will come to embrace the constraining and powerful love of Christ.

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Thought: If cancer radically destroys tissue and alters one’s life, if an accident deforms our bodies, if the smallest of microscopic bugs can make one sick and can kill, how much more radically changed is the life of one who collides with the God of all creation, encounters the love of Christ and is convicted by His Spirit?


This message below, “Reconciled“, from Pastor Larry Sheahan of Faith Fellowship in Marshfield, WI may just be a help to you.


 

Relying Upon The Bible’s Testimony

“Every word proves true…”

Proverbs 30:5


20161222_204625.jpgAs the new year is rapidly approaching, people often tend to make new commitments and resolutions. There is just something about starting anew that gives us a sense of having a clean slate. I would like to challenge us all and see how we really believe concerning the Bible’s testimony to itself.

A testimony of itself? When we think about something or someone bearing witness to themselves, in this age, we think how prideful, how self-exalting, how arrogant, but yet, that is exactly what the Bible does. Of course, if indeed there is falsehood to be found in the Scriptures, then the said mentioned would be true, but regarding the Bible, this could not be further from the truth.

Now, instead of going down a rabbit trail and entering into the realm of apologetics, I want use to examine what we really believe about what the Scriptures say regarding themselves. Below are just a few passages for us to think about.

“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.”

Proverbs 30:5-6

“This God—his way is perfect;
    the word of the Lord proves true;
    he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 18:30

“The words of the Lord are pure words,
    like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.”

Psalm 12:6

 “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

2 Peter 1:19-21

 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

Revelation 22:18-19

What did you think about the verses above? Are any new to you? If not, when was the last time you really thought upon and prayed through these? You see, if God’s word in how it speaks of itself is indeed true, and it is, we then have a serious mandate ever before us. If we claim we believe the passages above are indeed true, being inspired, inerrant, and sufficient, and we do not seek out to know all of the words (the full council of God) contained within, our proclamation of personal belief in the Scriptures is tainted. For how can we say we believe what the Book (Bible) says, yet have no real idea what it has said?

Listen to what George Whitefield had to say about the Scriptures shortly after he was truly converted. Keep in mind, he was only 20 years old at the time.


“My mind being now more open and enlarged, I began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees, laying aside all other books, and praying over, if possible, every line and word. This proved meat indeed, and drink indeed, to my soul. I daily received fresh life, light, and power from above. [I got more true knowledge from reading the Book of God in one month, than I could ever have acquired from all the writings of men. In one word.] I found it profitable for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, every way sufficient to make the man of God perfect, thoroughly furnished unto every good word and work.”

~ George Whitefield Journals, pg. 20, Year 1735


Worse than a simple nod of the head in agreement of the Bible’s testimony to itself, is that we would read the words printed and not heed their teaching and deep rooted application unto our soul. For to live, having both agreeing with the written word and having read the word, in defiance to the written word, is to set proof against our own profession of faith. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” Luke 6:46

Consider what George Muller has said about the Bible.


“In his ninety-second year, he said to the writer, that for every page of any other reading he was sure he read ten of the Bible.”  ~ George Muller of Bristol, by A.T.Pierson, pg. 49

“First of all, it is of the utmost moment that we regularly read through the Scripture. We ought not to turn over the Bible, and pick out chapters as we please here and there, but to read it regularly through. We should read carefully and regularly through the Scriptures. I speak advisedly, and as one who has known the blessedness of thus reading the Word for the last forty-six years. I say forty-six years, because for the first four years of my Christian life I did not carefully read the word of God. I used to read a tract, or an interesting book; but I knew nothing of the power of the Word. I read next to nothing of it and the result was, that, though a preacher then, and though I had preached in connection with the establishment made no progress in the divine life. And why? Just for this reason, that I neglected the word of God.”

“If any believers read this, who practically prefer other books to the Holy Scriptures, and who enjoy the writings of men much more than the word of God, may they be warned by my loss. I shall consider this book to have been the means of doing much good, should it please the Lord, through its instrumentality, to lead some of His people no longer to neglect the Holy Scriptures, but to give them that preference, which they have hitherto bestowed on the writings of men. My dislike to increase the number of books would have been sufficient to deter me from writing these pages, had I not been convinced, that this is the only way in which the brethren at large may be benefited through my mistakes and errors, and been influenced by the hope, that in answer to my prayers, the reading of my experience may be the means of leading them to value the Scriptures more highly, and to make them the rule of all their actions.”


Let us this coming year, seek to authentically examine, respond and live out the faith by which we claim. Let us start afresh with the testimony of the Scriptures themselves and then move forward in being both renewed in mind and presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, in all we do, think, and say, unto God. (Romans 12:1-2)

What do you and I really believe about the Bible?


How to Read the Bible – Charles Spurgeon

Jump in on McCheyne’s Bible reading with Bible Gateway

Learn more about George WhitefieldGeorge Muller, and Robert Murray McCheyne

High and Primary View of Scripture

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

cropped-be-still.pngOver the course of my Christian life, and especially much more strongly lately, I have been thinking and praying about the reality of my personal belief in the authority, supremacy, and inspiration of the Scriptures. Now, it’s not as if I did not believe in these things, but more so meaning to what deeply applied authentic reality have I allowed the A.S.I. (authority, supremacy, inspiration) of God’s Word to affect ALL areas of my life? After all, no one can believe in these things if God Himself has not testified and transformed a man’s (or woman’s) life. Yet, I must not be lax in my searching to know this God more, and in having Him search my heart, my motivations, and my hidden unbelief.

This God – His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true.” Psalm 18:30

The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6

Listen (read) below to a couple of quotes from Dr. M. Lloyd-Jones:

For me the real cause of the present state of the Church of God on earth is to be found in the Church’s voluntary departure from a belief in the Bible as the fully inspired Word of God, and from stressing and emphasizing real evangelical truth.” [1]

“’We can be perfectly certain that the Church lost her authority and power from the moment she ceased to firmly believe in the authority of the Word of God.’ Such apostasy in the church always leads to its spiritual impotence at every level.[2]

From the moment that the idea began to gain currency that the Bible was the history of the quest of mankind for God, rather than God’s revelation of Himself and the only way of salvation to mankind, the Church began to decline and to wane in her influence and in her power. From the time the Church threw overboard the great evangelical doctrines, and substitute for them a belief in the moral and spiritual evolution of mankind, and began to preach a social gospel rather than a personal salvation – from that moment church attendance really became a mere matter of form, or a merely pleasant way of gratifying one’s appetite for ceremony, ritual, oratory, and music.”[3]

Below are just a few of my own thoughts regarding my own need in believing God in greater measure.

There without doubt must be a holy resolve upon, in, and through the Scriptures themselves, the very Word (logos) of God, that fundamentally shakes a man to his core and grips his heart, thus so to stand on nothing short of Christ Himself and Him alone. For he must see how much passion is missing in his life for the authority, supremacy, and inspiration of Scripture. Of course this only comes when confronted with the Scriptures themselves, being empowered by the Holy Spirit, quickening the glories therein contained – with great substance and depth of God seen, being driven into the inner most chambers of the heart. For then one must cry out for more and more desire to see God’s Word as supreme; and to also live as a witness, full of passion and truth, to elevate God’s Word unto all.

Oh God, give me a holy resolve, a passionate heart, a zeal with knowledge, a vision to gaze upon the depths and riches, and a purified tongue, full of your Spirit, to speak Your truths. May I be Your witness in all these things, and to all peoples, especially to those closest to me. Amen.

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:19-20


I highly recommend the “Preaching and Preachers” series by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. You can also get, “Preaching and Preachers” book by Dr. ML Jones as well.


cropped-20160722_100723.jpgJeremy B. Strang is a Christian, husband, father, and author.

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[1] Dr. M. Lloyd-Jones, “The Return to the Bible,” Eusebeia 7; “The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones,” A Long Line of Godly Men Profile series, Steven J. Lawson, pg. 49

[2] Ibid. pg. 50

[3] Ibid. pg. 8; pg. 51

Walk with God

Walk with God


Have you ever thought about just how “Enoch walked with God“? Or how Abraham “believed God“? Or how David “was a man after God’s own heart”? Or what about what Isaiah saw, Jeremiah felt, Daniel experienced, Paul went through, the love John felt, Peter being forgiven? What about the woman at the well? Or Lazarus first conversation with Christ after being raised from the dead? What about doing “what was right in the eyes of the Lord” like Hezekiah? The list goes on and on.

Through this site, I hope that God is truly honored and you are edified and drawn closer to God. I pray that we would never be “led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” If you wish to learn more about God’s grace and mercy upon my life, click here.


Jeremy B. Strang is a Christian, husband, father, and author.


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Looking to Jesus – Aligned: A 2 Minute Podcast

ALIGNED


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Oct. 17, 2016Looking to Jesus – Aligned: A 2 (ish) Minute Podcast

Today’s podcast is an encouragement to look unto Jesus Christ, the author/founder and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-4; Romans 8:28-29)

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Aligned: Podcast & Messages of a Christian, husband, father and author.

Listen to all of Jeremy’s podcasts.


cropped-20160722_100723.jpgThe goal with the podcast is to glorify God by focusing on His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to edify and align our vision everyday, and to offer hope to those who do not understand the Gospel. Our goal is to keep each podcast to around 2 minutes. To listen to a few of Jeremy’s full messages, click here. “May the glory of the Lord be your strength.”


Jeremy is a Christian, a husband, a father to 5 and has written 9 books.

October Special: Caloca Bible

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Caloca Bible Rebinds is pleased to announce that we are teaming up with Christian Author Jeremy B. Strang for a special during the month of October.

In light of the fact that many celebrate the reformation at the end of October, we must remember that if it were not for men such as William Tyndale (1494-1536), a martyr for being the first person to translate and print the Bible from the Hebrew and Greek languages into English, we would not have the ability to read, cherish, ponder and pray through God’s Word today. In remembering those who have labored and died for the work of the Gospel and the Bible to go forward in all the world, we have decided to give a small gift to our customers during the month of October. Read More

If the Bible Has Been Added To, Can We Trust It? – John Piper Answers

If the Bible Has Been Added To, Can We Trust It? (Listen Here)

Interview by John Piper


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large_if-the-bible-has-been-added-to-can-we-trust-it-dkfsdkxvA listener to the podcast writes in. “Pastor John, how can I trust the Bible if there have been so many add-ins, such as Mark 16:9–20 and John 7:53–8:11 and 1 John 5:7–8. If these verses have been added into the Bible, and should not have been, how do we know other things have not been added into the Bible as well?”

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