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.

Grace Upon Grace / Foothills of True Grace / As Christ: A Man and Marriage / Realities of a True Christian

Who is this Jesus?

 

 


 

Who is this Jesus?

In the beginning mankind, being formed by Almighty God Himself, was set upon the earth. Man was to tend to God’s creation and under the boundaries of godliness and the very best way for his life.

Soon though, mankind sinned. Resulting effects of the direct defiance and willful sin against God’s perfect design immediately manifested. Sin, deep, dark, and at enmity against God, entered into mankind. This resulting effect, this depravity of mankind, took root and spread through the human seed, generation to generation.

Yet, God in His sovereignty and omniscience and omnipotence, began to lay out His redeeming plan of grace and mercy. Over and over and over again, grace and mercy, in His agape, would be demonstrated. Prophet after prophet, prophecy after prophecy, would lay hold of the authenticity of the “word made flesh,” a “Savior” to come, the very “God with us.” For Jesus was the authenticity of grace, the tortured One offering mercy, the Chief-most of love given and sacrificed and foretold of His coming.

As Loraine Boettner put it,

In all the history of the world Jesus emerges as the only “expected” person.  No one was looking for such a person as Julius Caesar, or Napoleon, or Washington, or Lincoln to appear at the time and place that they did appear. No other person has had his course foretold or his work laid out for him centuries before he was born. But the coming of the Messiah had been predicted for centuries. In fact, the first promise of his coming was given to Adam and Eve soon after their fall into sin. As time went on various details concerning his person and work were revealed through the prophets; and at the time Jesus was born there was a general expectation throughout the Jewish world that the Messiah was soon to appear, even the manner of His birth and the town in which it would occur having both clearly indicated.”[1]

 

This Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us. He who fulfilled every prophecy of the Old Testament, He declared, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”[2]

This Jesus was yet again foretold by the angel Gabriel to a virgin, favored by God, named Mary. He foretold of this coming One, this Jesus, this one who would be conceived in her, by the Holy Spirit.

This Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the city of David, the Savior, Christ the Lord.

This Jesus was raised sinless, without spot or blemish.

This Jesus lived a life in the demonstration of passion for the glory of God and the fulfillment of His perfect will.

This Jesus taught us a great many things, yet maybe none so great as to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our strength.

This Jesus “did not exalt Himself,” yet “in the days of His flesh, [He] offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.” And “although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”[3]

This Jesus suffered when not guilty; suffering for the sins of many. Yet, this Jesus, “when He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.”[4]

This Jesus was beaten and bruised, broken and whipped, mocked and spit upon. He was led up a long, spiritually dark, tortuous road unto Calvary’s hill, the very place where He would be lifted onto a tree and left for dead.

This Jesus, even in the darkest hour, pitied and prayed for the multitudes, forgave a condemned sinner and was in the control of all things.

This Jesus, bore our deserved punishment of wrath, being crushed of His own Father.

This Jesus, even while under such immense and unfathomable pressure, spoke forth His reminder to all that He indeed was the One, the only One, who fulfilled it all. For in such an unbearable time, as He drank down the cup of God’s own wrath against sin, Jesus said, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?” For you see He was quoting, and bringing attention, to the fact He was indeed the fulfillment of the “worm,” being encompassed by the “bulls of Bashan;” for it was He would “walk through the valley of the shadow of death;” it was He who would speak to the doors of heaven, “Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”

This Jesus, giving up His own spirit, said, “It is finished.”

This Jesus died, but He could not be held back, for it was foretold that this temple would rise again on the third day, and so this Jesus did just that.

Death was conquered.

This Jesus, after defeating the grave and rising from the dead, showed Himself to over 500 people at the same time.

This Jesus, even after all He went through, still offered forgiveness to His disciples, even the one who turned away from Him the hardest.

This Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God.

This Jesus will return, riding on a white horse, to destroy the kingdom of Satan forever.

This Jesus, today, still offers His unconditional love, grace and mercy to those who will seek Him. For to those who will knock, the door will be opened, for those who desire Him to come in and dine, He will.

But know this, this Jesus, this “God with us,” this mighty Savior, He is not impotent nor is He ignorant; He knows exactly those who are serious about knowing Him, worshiping Him, using His name in term only but not in reality of a new life.

This Jesus, oh friends, this Jesus, do not trifle with; do not cast Him aside. Do not think Him slow nor take Him lax. For many, oh a great many, will presume upon Him, using His name, doing all kinds of things in His name; and a great many, a great many of those who make claim to Him and the religions holding His name, will be told, by Him, “be away from Me, I never knew you.”

This Jesus, oh yes, this Jesus, friends, is real; for He is the only way, the only truth, the only life. He is The Great and Only Propitiator for our eternal life.

This Jesus, this day, seek to know Him.

Regardless of your stance on this Christmas/New Year Holiday Season – “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”[5]

[1] Loraine Boettner, The Person of Christ, pg. 42-43

[2] Matthew 5:17 (17-20)

[3] Hebrews 5:5-10

[4] 1 Peter 2:23

[5] Psalm 2:11-12

Nearness of God

The Nearness of God

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” Psalm 73:28

I can relate with the Psalmist in Psalm 73. Oh how easy it is to look at people and desire the things of this world, things that would pull me away from the “simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3) “But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, my steps had almost slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant as I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Psalm 73:2-3)

To take our eyes off of Christ, all we have to do is look away. And as we look away from Christ, all the fears and worries of man creep in seeking to devour us whole. It is only when we are “fixing our eyes upon the Author and Perfector of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) that we can live out Matthew 6:25-34 and not worry about tomorrow.

 “When I pondered to understand this, it was troublesome in my sight until I came into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end.” Psalm 73:16-17

It is when we come into the sanctuary of God, the very meeting place where we commune with God in a deep, true and powerful way, that our troublesome sight and thinking are shown for what they are. When we come into the presence of the Lord we see just how near He really is. This meeting with Him is not mere emotions, lights, music, programs and etc, but rather in the one on one experiential communion with the Almighty, the very One who ransomed our soul through the grace and sufferings of Christ. It is then, when we surrender and walk with Him, authentically, that we will see the true end of this world and have our eyes more fully opened to our true condition and great need for our Savior.

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” In Christ, we have our refuge, our strength, our rest, for His burden is truly light; but we must enter into His sanctuary, turn our eyes off of the world and affix them upon Jesus with a holy resolve and singleness of eye.

May the Lord draw you near to Himself and may you take refuge in Him.

Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy.” – Leonard Ravenhill

All the devil wants to do is get the fight out of you, so you won’t labor in prayer any more, you weep before God any more, you can sit and watch television and your family go to hell.” – David Wilkerson

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.

Ever Thought About… Aligned: Podcast of a Christian, husband, father and author.

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Oct. 15, 2016 – Aligned Podcast: Jeremy Strang begins his first podcast by posing the question, “ever thought about…?” Music: Shane and Shane – “Without Jesus


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.

Does Baptism Save You?

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In light of my son’s recent baptism, and the subject being so fresh in my mind, I thought I would share the article below from Grace to You‘s recent blog. May the Lord be glorified and you be refreshed in our Lord.


by Jeremiah Johnson – Grace to You

Faith and repentance are not easy. Submission contradicts the natural disposition of the human heart. And the transforming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is often uncomfortable and difficult.

Salvation would be so much more inviting and enticing to our human understanding if it didn’t require humility, repentance, and the transformation of your entire being. Why can’t it simply be the product of a one-time activity? Read More

Stay In The Boat – When Perception Begs Our Abandonment

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Stay In The Boat: When Perception Begs Our Abandonment by Author Jeremy B. Strang.


wp-1469410861839.jpgAre you in need of hope? Are the distractions of this world causing you to fear and take action into your own hands? Are you feeling as if all the storms of your life and dragging you deeper and deeper? Take heart, there is hope! Are you willing to seek it out?

Jeremy B. Strang’s new book, “Stay In The Boat,” takes you along with the Apostle Paul in his journey as a prisoner heading for Rome. In this epic voyage, a violent storm tossed sea causes fear, loss of hope, and destruction. Yet in the midst of all the chaos, Paul delivers a clear message of truth and hope – for he was resolved in the Spirit, ordained of God and Christ centered.

No matter if you are a seasoned believer, one who has recently come to Christianity, or seeking out truths of Jesus Christ, this book has something for everyone. If you have been struggling with issues, storms, or sins in your life, or simply do not know where to turn next, Jeremy helps you to refocus your vision.

Do not abandon the boat! Read More

Questions & Answers with Paul Washer

Questions and Answers with Paul Washer

From the What is The Truth About the Gospel? conference 2016 from out of Australia.

paul_washer_profileThis is a wonderful Q & A with Paul Washer. If you listen, it is a message with many messages full of love, compassion, truth and power. If you wish to listen to all of the messages from the conference, visit, http://www.truthofthegospel.com/conference-2016/ The general subjects of this Q & A are listed below.

  • home schooling
  • young people hanging out with young people
  • street preaching
  • love
  • biblical local churches
  • Antinomianism, legalism and terminology
  • moving because of not having a biblical church
  • sin and no longer a sacrifice for sin
  • what if you have no faith?
  • how do you explain the deity of Christ to an unbeliever?
  • instructions for boys becoming men