Echoes From the Campfire

We’ll face it then. Nobody lives their life without having to face things from time to time.”

               –Louis L’Amour (Hondo)

 

     “My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest; Days of affliction confront me.”

               –Job 30:27 (NKJV)

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How to Live in a Pagan, Apostate, and Foolish World

Key Verse: “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” –1 John 5:19 (NASB)

 

Know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are to be righteous in the evil world. Those in the world need to see the light even though they may fight against it. Know also that we are to have fellowship and communion with God as we travel through the world. One more thing that is essential; we are to have fullness of joy. If for no other reason it will make our enemies scratch their heads.

     To have true fellowship with God; to have a true relationship with Him we must have righteousness. If we are to be God’s companion we must walk a righteous life; we must walk as He walked. Since we are children of God we are to be righteous. Everyone who is born of God doeth righteousness.

 

          “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of Him. See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”

                    –1 John 2:29-3:1 (NASB)

 

     Notice, as children of God we are to practice righteousness. This in not merely morality or living right, but righteous means the quality, the kind of life that was lived by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Will we be perfect? Never in the sense that Jesus was, but that does not mean that we cannot live a life for Him. It should bring shame to us when we look at those in the world and see some living a more righteous life than the child of God.

     They may look at us strangely when we don’t do the things they do, go the places they go, say the things they say. We are children of the Most High. We have a certain position and a certain relationship that people of the world cannot understand. We have a blood relationship to God and a legal relationship with Him—He is our parent. We truly can sing, “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God…”

     A child is like his parent. He has similar characteristics and personality. To look at a child a person can see the parent in them whether it be attributes or actions. There is another important aspect a child has—they carry the name of the parents, hence the name Christian–”Christ-like.” We are not of the world, we are of our Father. Our manner of living should not be the same as those in the world.

Echoes From the Campfire

Never get in a hurry when you don’t have to. A man in too big a hurry makes mistakes he can’t afford.”

               –Elmer Kelton (The Buckskin Line)

 

     “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

               –Mark 4:39 (NKJV)

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Life doesn’t always go the way we would like. For the most part, it is a series of up and downs; somethings things go smoothly while at other times the ride seems quite bumpy and full of obstacles. Our minds, being what they are, tend to remember the bumps more than the smooth ride. In fact, we are told to remember some of those hard times as a memorial. We just did that a few days ago, and yesterday we took time to remember D-Day; that day in 1944 when Allied forces came ashore at Normandy. Hitler’s might Reich was on the way to defeat. It would be another year, but the end was in sight.

     David saw that his enemies had set a trap for him. The road he was to take had a deep pit, but instead of trapping David, his enemies fell into the pit. Let’s take a moment to read the second part of Psalms 57.

 

         6 — They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah

7 — My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
8 — Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.

9 — I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.
10 — For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds.

11 — Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory beabove all the earth. (NKJV)

 

     One of the most important things we can do is to learn that in the tough times, in perilous situations of life that we must continue to praise the Lord. Because of previous experiences, because of a relationship with God, because of God’s Word, David proclaims that his heart is steadfast. Out of that steadfast heart he sings and gives praises unto God. I like verse 8 in the New Living Translation, “Wake up, my soul!” Sometimes we have to tell ourselves to wake up. Maybe even slap ourselves a few times to help us get a proper perspective on the day.  

     Every day is a new day–wake up! God’s mercies are new every morning–wake up! He has given another day to you–wake up! Face the day, whatever may come your way. The Lord is with you whether you are down in a cave, or upon a high summit overlooking a wonderful vista.

 

          “My heart is fixed on thee, my God!

          I rest my hope on thee alone,

          I’ll spread thy sacred truths abroad,

          To all mankind thy love made known.”

                       –Francis Wrangham

Echoes From the Campfire

He was no diplomat.  He knew that right was always right, and wrong was always wrong.  And one did not make deals to skirt or avoid the two.”
              –William W. Johnstone  (Dreams of Eagles)

    “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
              –2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)
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More and more we need to be living in the Word of God.  There is a definite need to have it solidified in our hearts and minds as we face the onslaught of the world.  False teachers are on the rise, false ideologies are now being accepted.  I read recently that a third of Americans now aren’t sure that we should have been fighting against fascism in World War II with 14 percent saying it was an outright mistake.  Only 28 percent said that fighting against the spread of communism in Vietnam was right.  Should we then wonder why our youth are clamoring more and more for socialism?  It doesn’t make sense and it shows just how easy it is to dupe people.
    Genocide, euthanasia, murder, the false hope of socialism, and evil magnified seem to be all right in the eyes of the younger generation.  We shouldn’t wonder when the nation has sanctioned the death of millions of innocents through abortion.  When people are confused about gender, and forget the moral mandates of God, why not give in to the false ideologies that are offered?  Can we not now see how easy it will be for the powers of evil and the Antichrist to deceive the masses?
    The Bible is our lamp.  It is our guide?  Within its pages we find our hope.  It is full of promises that are ours.  Ponder the following by F.B. Meyer.

         “If a cluster of heavenly fruit hangs within reach, gather it.  If a promise lies upon the page as a blank check, cash it.  If a prayer is recorded, appropriate it, and launch it as a feathered arrow from the bow of your desire.  If an example of holiness gleams before you, ask God to do as much for you.  If a truth is revealed in all its intrinsic splendor, entreat that its brilliance may ever irradiate the hemispheres of your life like a star.  Entwine the climbing creepers of holy desire about the latticework of Scripture.  So shall you come to say with the psalmist, ‘Oh, how I love thy law!  It is my meditation all the day.’
         “The advantages of a deep knowledge of the Bible are more than can be numbered here.  It is the Storehouse of the Promises.  It is the Sword of the Spirit, before which temptation flees.  It is the all-sufficient Equipment of Christian usefulness.  It is the believer’s Guidebook and Directory in all possible circumstances.  Words fail to tell how glad, how strong, how useful shall be the daily life of those who can say with the prophet: ‘Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.”

In these evil times in which we are living.  These days of purposed subverting the Word of God, it is vital, no, it is the only hope that we have the Bible etched in our heart.  “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.” (HCSB)

Echoes From the Campfire

It only went to show what he already knew, which was that there were more dangers in life than even the sharpest training could anticipate.”
              –Larry McMurtry  (Lonesome Dove)

    “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
              –Revelation 1:7 (NKJV)
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How to Live in a Pagan, Apostate, and Foolish World

Key Verse:  “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”  –1 John 5:19 (NASB)

There are things that you must grasp!  Things that it is vital that you realize.  Two of them are in the key verse:  we are of God; the world is under the power of the evil one.  Never, ever forget that verse.  That is why I write it on every lesson.  Realize that there is a spiritual conflict and do not succumb to it.  (Be sure and read again in 1 John 2:18-28.)
In these evil and last days beware of false teachers.  Beware of those that bring a truth other than what is found in the Bible.  I was just reading of a “Christian guru” that said that Jesus was not God, but only the Son of God.  Don’t be mislead, especially in these last hours.  This was a person who had many “Christian” followers.
    Do not be seduced by false teachers who flap their lips with honey dripping from them.  There are those who say, “Because I have the Holy Spirit I am as inspired as if I were an apostle”–they claim to direct and have a new revelation.  Their word becomes primary and the Word of God becomes secondary.
    John uses strong words—he calls them LIARS!  The master lie is to deny that Jesus is the Christ.  Antichrists are those who deny the doctrine that Jesus is the Christ.  He is the only begotten Son of God who died on the cross.  They attempt to change or get rid of His life here on earth in one form or another.

         Jesus is the Truth – John 14:6
         Antichrist is the lie – 2 Thessalonians 2:11
         Devil is the father of lies – John 8:44

William Barclay said, “To deny Jesus is to be separated from God, for on our reaction to Jesus our relationship to God depends.”
    There is a consequence to accept false teaching.  Remember, anything that changes the doctrine of Jesus Christ is antichrist.  To deny the work of Christ is antichrist.  The work of Jesus Christ is the basis of Scripture.  Have you not noticed that most of the attacks are either against the written word of God or the living word of God?  Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-4).  What happens to hope if one rejects Christ?
    Barclay sums it up by saying, “What we need is not new truth, but that the truth which we already know becomes active and effective in our lives.”  One day, all will come face-to-face with the fact that Jesus is the Christ!