Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ January 26, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

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Amen Corner

The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.  -Vance Havner

If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and counsel, there is no telling how great a catastrophe shall come upon us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.  -Daniel Webster

Somebody is in Hell now perhaps who would have been saved had you lived so your prayers could have been answered, had you lived so that God could have sent a revival, had you lived so the Spirit of God could have come in power.  Souls go to Hell because we are not right in our lives.  -John R. Rice

No man who knows the depths of his own weakness would dare to appear before the ineffable Presence with nothing to recommend him but his own character; nor would any Christian, wise after the discipline of failures and imperfections, want his acceptance with God to depend upon any degree of holiness to which he might have attained through the operation of inward grace.  -A.W. Tozer

The art of saying appropriate words in a kindly way is one that never goes out of fashion, never ceases to please, and is within the reach of the humblest.  F.W. Faber

For weak, poor, helpless, unworthy though we be in ourselves, in Him, our Lord, our Redeemer, we are complete in the fullest, broadest and most varied sense of that mighty word.  -Charles Spurgeon

This book is the minister’s “brief”; and he must not travel out of the record, because it alone contains the sum and substance of all he has to say.  -Dean Close

Some vices are hoary with age, but they show no signs of decrepitude; in fact, they seem to enjoy perpetual youth.  -F.J. Mallett

Whatever place allotted to us by Almighty God, that for us is the post of duty and honor.  God estimates us not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it.  -T. Edwards

It’s more important to know where you’re going than to see how fast you can get there.

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Remembering Barbara Bush…

Sorry folks, I do not have the warm fuzzies when I ponder upon the Bush family, legacy and Christian faith.  The only words I heard about Barbara Bush in the spiritual realm were that “she had a strong belief in the afterlife.”  I have never heard anyone in the extended Bush household refer to THE Author of salvation, Jesus Christ.  Read James 2:19 New King James Version (NKJV):
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!”

The eulogy for this First Lady was dotted with words like iconic, public servant, matriarch and patriotic.  Conspicuously absent was any reference to a Christian woman.  In my opinion, the highest praise that can be lauded on any woman is the following:  Proverbs 31:30 English Standard Version (ESV)
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Barbara Bush was given the familiar accolades that we have grown accustomed to, after her passing, but the fact of the matter is that “good people never go to heaven.”  Why is this?  Because we are all sinners:  Romans 3:23 King James Version (KJV)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…”  Romans 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
“As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one…”

Here is the key to salvation:  Hebrews 9:22 King James Version (KJV)
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (of sins).”

Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, are all globalists who seek the New World Order (NWO), and the so called Two State Solution, whereas Israel would forfeit the little land she has.  Christians would never do such a thing because we believe Genesis 12:3-

Genesis 12:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Amazingly, the crude and sometimes bombastic Donald Trump seems to understand the need to support Israel better than the “refined” Bush family.  Trump’s support of Israel may prolong the longevity of the United States of America!  This gives real meaning to the old adage:  “We will be surprised by who we do see in heaven and by who we do not see in heaven.”  Amen and amen.

If you do some research, you will find that Prescott Bush supported the Nazi Party in Germany, prior to the United States entering World War II, and George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush were members of the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University.  George H.W. Bush’s nickname was “Magog.”  Enough said…

We Christians should never judge another, as far as where one spends eternity.  But given the lack of evidence of understanding that salvation is “by grace through faith,” and the lack of even the mere mention of the name of Jesus Christ, does not give us a good feeling about where one will spend eternity.  Patriotism and love of country will not enable one to go to heaven.  One must be born from above and place their faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Salvation Comes Solely through the blood of Christ, Do Not Leave Earth Without It!

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Pray For Revival In America!

 

God Will Not Allow You To Be Tempted Beyond What You Can Bear

Tuesday,
June 14, 2016

Our Daily Bread

God of the Ordinary

Read: Genesis 12:1–4; 17:1–2

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Hearing testimonies about how God did something spectacular in someone else’s life can challenge us. While we may rejoice to hear about answers to prayer, we may also wonder why God hasn’t done anything amazing for us lately.

It’s easy to think that if God showed up in astonishing ways for us like He did for Abraham, then we would be more inspired to be faithful servants of God. But then we remember that God showed up for Abraham every 12 to 14 years, and most of Abraham’s journey was rather ordinary (see Gen. 12:1–4; 15:1–6; 16:16–17:12).

God’s work is usually done behind the scenes in the ordinary things of life. As 1 Corinthians 10 says, “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out.” Every day God is busy shielding us from devastating onslaughts of Satan that would otherwise leave us helplessly defeated. And when temptation hits, He is making exit ramps for us so we can escape.

When we put our head on the pillow at night, we should pause to thank God for the amazing things He has done for us that day in the midst of our ordinary lives. So, instead of longing for Him to do something spectacular for you, thank Him! He already has. Joe Stowell

Lord, help me to be constantly aware that Your power and presence are with me even in the ordinary times in my life. Thank You for Your amazing work on my behalf that I know nothing about.

God is always in control behind the scenes, even on “ordinary” days.

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ January 12, 2018

Amen Corner

Any religion that cannot work miracles in my heart and give me what the world cannot give, I do not want.  -John R. Rice

Without the Word of God, we are open prey to the Devil and to the enemy; but with the Word of God, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.  -Harold Sightler

The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their convictions.  -James Garfield

Some Christians would make good martyrs; they are so dry they would burn well.  -Charles Spurgeon

In the light of Christ’s inflexible, infallible, impartial standards that we are to judge a tree by its fruits; in the light of the undeniable, irrefutable and inevitable fruits of liquor drinking – by the sip, by the drink, by the glass, by the bottle, by the gallon, by the case, or by the barrel – it is a sin.  -Sam Morris

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.  -Winston Churchill

The burden borne by mankind is  heavy and a crushing thing.  The word Jesus used (Matthew 11:28) means “a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion.”  Rest is simply release from that burden.  It is not something we do; it is what comes to us when we cease to do.  -A.W. Tozer

One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.  -Goethe

Come!  See a book that told me all that ever I did!  Is not this the Book of God?  -Thomas Halyburton

One serious malady of the church is infantile paralysis – too many babes who never grow.  -Vance Havner

Worry affects circulation, the heart, the glands, and the whole nervous system.  I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt.  -Charles Mayo from the Mayo Clinic

The burden of proof should not be on the back of the accused but on the back of the accuser.  Until a man is proven guilty, he should be assumed innocent.  -Curtis Hutson

Prayer is the stop that keeps you going.

 

Four Ways To Share Your Faith

Knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.   Philippians 1:17

Paul uses four different words in Philippians to describe the communication of the gospel.  He says we are to “speak” (Gk. lalelo) the gospel in our everyday conversation (v. 14).  We are to “herald” (Gk. kerussa) the gospel as a public crier would in the open air (v. 15).  We are to “preach” (Gk. kataggello) the gospel through formal preaching (v. 16).  Finally we are to verbally defend (Gk. apologia) the gospel through the use of apologetics (v. 17).  Whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, let us not be ashamed of the gospel.  It alone can bring lasting change to a darkened mind.    -Sid Halsband

Lead me to some soul today, O teach me, Lord, just what to say; Melt my heart, and fill my life, give me one soul today.  -Will Houghton

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ December 29, 2017

Amen Corner

Every sincere Christian should be governed by Bible principles, not personalities or preferences.  One’s loyalty should be to Christ and the Bible, not to individuals or institutions.  The question should not be, Who is taking this position?  The question should be, is this position scriptural?  -Curtis Hutson

An out-and-out Christian has a safeguard.  People may say, “John Rice is a fanatic;” but they will never say, “Come on, Dr. Rice, take a drink out of my bottle.”  -John R. Rice

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.  -George Washington

The best way of eradicating error is to publish and practice truth.  -W. Arnot

Sin is a poisonous weed that throws the whole nature out of order.  The inner life disintegrates; the flesh lusts after forbidden pleasures; the moral judgment is distorted so that good appears evil and evil, good; time is chosen over eternity, earth over Heaven and death over life.  -A.W. Tozer

So many of us are not big enough to become little enough to be used of God.  -Vance Havner

Lord, save me from sins which call themselves little.  -Charles Spurgeon

It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.  -J.R. Miller

Self-denial is best for one’s self, for then we oblige God to take care of us.  -D.L. Moody

Even if marriages are made in Heaven, man has to be responsible for the maintenance.  -Kroehler News

There is one thing that mars all the pleasures of my life.  I am afraid the Bible is true.  If I could know for sure that death is an eternal sleep, I should be happy; my joy would be complete.  But here is the thorn that stings me; here is the sword that pierces my very soul – if the Bible is true, I am lost forever.  -Anonymous unbeliever

 

If You Are Called To Teach And/Or Preach, Then Become A Scholar Of The Word Of God

And they cast lots for their duty, the small as well as the great, the teacher with the scholar.  I Chronicles 25:8

To those who are regularly given opportunity to teach God’s Word in your assembly: are you also a scholar?  A lot of precious “pulpit time” is being used for personal opinions, anecdotes, and irrelevant stories, because the person teaching has not also been a scholar.  The Spirit’s injunction to “feed the flock of God” (I Peter 5:2) requires that teaching brothers be steadfast students of the Bible.  Are you?  -Rick Morse

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach; The precious things Thou dost impart.  -Frances R. Havergal

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II Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

James 3:1-12 King James Version (KJV)  My brethren, be not many masters (teachers), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

A Word For “Church Hoppers”

Oh that I knew where I might Find him!  that I might come even to his seat!   Job 23:3

Many believers move from one assembly to another in search of a place that pleases them; not knowing, that because of their own judgement they are unable to see that; “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (Genesis 28:16).  Ask the Lord to guide you to where He wants you to be, and He will lead you there.  Then commit yourself to that gathering.  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).  -Ken Gunnell

God will take care of you, be not afraid, He is your safeguard through sunshine and shade; Tenderly watching and keeping His own, He will not leave you to wander alone.  -F. Crosby

He Is Risen!

HE IS RISEN

 He is Risen!
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He Is Risen Indeed.

 

He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
Matthew 28:6 NLT
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