When Life Becomes Unbearable – Part 3

In I Corinthians 10, verse 13, we read this dogmatic statement: “There has no temptation (or trial) taken you (or, overtaken you), but such as is common to man (many others have faced and conquered what you now face), but God is faithful, who will not suffer (or allow) you to be tempted above that (which) you are able (to bear), but will with the temptation (at that same exact moment in time) also make a (God-made) way of escape (hence, a perfect escape route), that you may be able to bear (any trial, any temptation, any problem of life).”  Please note that all words or statements contained in parentheses are comments added by the author hopefully to make clearer what is being said in some scripture.
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Other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the greatest sufferer in all the Bible was a man called Job.  Job’s sufferings are proverbial.  In the 10th verse of Job 23, Job cried out, “He knows the way that I take…”  There is not a sparrow that falls to the ground without our heavenly Father taking note of the same.  (See Matthew 10:29).  And, of course, some cynic might add, ‘Yes, but it falls to the ground nonetheless.”  But the Holy Spirit left the scenario incomplete.  Perhaps the tiny sparrow fell into some soft grass where the mother sparrow immediately went to its rescue.  But whatever the completed scenario might have been, the passage is actually directed toward God’s interest and care for human beings, not sparrows.  The next two verses read: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (verses 30-31).
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Some years ago the Holy Spirit opened to my mind the profound truth that Jesus uttered when He said, “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  Look at your comb, or hairbrush, or pillow.  The hairs of your head are continuously changing in number from one moment to the next.  When Jesus said “the very hairs of your head are all numbered,” He was actually saying God’s attention on us is continuous, undeviating, unwavering.  Satan would have the would-be suicide think, “God doesn’t care about me.”  Yet scripture states quite clearly that “God is not willing that ANY should perish” (See 2 Peter 3:9).
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I have heard many a preacher say, “If you had been the only human on earth that needed saving, Jesus Christ would have still come to earth and died for you.”  In that assessment they are right.  You alone and all by yourself are intensely loved by God and valuable to His kingdom plans.
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Barry Manilow wrote a song he entitled “One Voice” and, in the lyrics of that song, he speaks of “one voice singing in the darkness.”  Troubled one, will you not listen to that one voice softly speaking, even singing, in your darkness.  That voice is the voice of your Creator, if you will but listen.  And that voice cries out in your anguish, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”  Turn a deaf ear to any and all voices that speak to the contrary.  God loves you and assures you – it’s a promise – “You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart” (See Jeremiah 29:13).  Seek the Lord and find Him for He is not far from every one of us.  (See Acts 17:22-31).
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Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

 

 

When Life Becomes Unbearable – Part 2

The taking of one’s own life – suicide – is self murder.  Make no mistake, it is a sin and it is a crime.  About the only way a suicide could be punished in this life was to refuse them burial in what was known as sacred ground.  Relatives of the deceased had to find somewhere else to bury them.  Gradually that ban was lifted and those who died by their own hand were permitted burial among the rest of societies dead.

If one accepts the scriptures as authoritative in such matters, then a passage in Genesis Chapter 9 seems to clearly give God’s mind on the matter of taking one’s life: “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man, whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man, shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made He man” (See verses 5 and 6).  God will require that justice be satisfied in the taking of one’s life even if one takes his own life.  But do not read into that text more than it says.  It does not say that such an unfortunate is forever lost and consigned to hell fire.  Just what God will require of the suicide is actually left unsaid.

When life becomes unbearable one needs to seek another avenue of escape other than ending one’s life.  There is a burden bearer – Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, “Come unto me ALL ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I WILL give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  Notice that the summons is extended to all – all without exception.  And the promise is that Jesus Christ WILL give such rest from the burden of depression, loneliness, fear, anxiety, a bad marriage – whatever.

And there are two great truths that every would-be suicide needs to keep ever in mind: 1) One never knows what is around the corner of time.  Perhaps the most fulfilling, happy, glorious days of life lay yet ahead, and 2) One can always hold out a little longer.  Even those who say they cannot endure one more hour or one more day, if they would but put down the gun, step back from the river’s edge, take the noose from around their neck, they would find that they can indeed hold out a little longer.

There is a Christian song that says “Tears are a language God   understands.”  And that is true.  God’s promise is to wipe away all tears from our eyes.  We are not to stop the tears from flowing by killing ourselves.  That really is no solution at all, for the suicide is then faced with the terrible sin of murder, self murder – and there will be a day of reckoning.  “We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ….every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (See Romans 14:10,12).

The would-be suicide has perhaps tried everything else.  Why not try God?  Why not surrender your life to the guidance and control of the Holy Spirit and enjoy that peace that surpasses all understanding?  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3).  The would-be suicide’s mind is fixed on self, one’s own problems and hardships.  Fix your mind on God and on His goodness and eagerness to help, to bless and console.

Fear God and keep His commandments.  One of those commandments is “Thou shalt not kill.”  “Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear Him.  For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are but dust…..But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him” (See Psalm 103:13-14, 17).

God knows what you are made of, friend.  He knows your emotions, your personality, your physical and mental strengths or disabilities, and He still says, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.”  Take Him up on His gracious offer and live.

Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),

Donald Wiley

GETTING THE JOB DONE

There is an event recorded in the New Testament that most theologians refer to as the Mount of Transfiguration experience or miracle. It is recorded in three of the four gospel accounts, John being the one exception. In Matthew’s gospel account it is found in the 17th chapter, verses 1 through 13. In Mark’s gospel account it is found in chapter 9, verses 1 through 13, also. In Luke’s gospel account it is found in chapter 9, verses 27 through 36. In all three of these accounts a voice is heard speaking out of an overshadowing cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye him.” Matthew adds the phrase, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him.” This is, of course, God the Father, since the One speaking calls Jesus His beloved Son. But it is the COMMAND that is uttered to which we had better take heed: “Hear him” or, as we might say, “LISTEN TO HIM!”

I can understand the world at large ignoring that command. Billions do not know such a command was ever uttered. Those who do not believe in the inspiration of the scriptures, especially the New Testament scriptures, do not believe such a voice was ever heard and, therefore, for that reason, ignore the command to listen to Jesus Christ’s statements, teachings, instructions, etc. What I find quite troubling is that there are literally MILLIONS of professing Christians who believe such an event occurred but still ignore God’s plain, clear, easy-to-understand COMMAND. They do NOT listen to what Jesus said and do not obey Him in many areas.

Jesus said, “EVERY ONE that is of the truth, hears my voice” (See John 18:37). He didn’t mean hearing what He said in such a fashion as for it to go in one ear and out the other, but to hear what He said with such interest and eagerness as to OBEY what He said, to do what He said we are to do! He warned, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (See John 6:63). And He said, “He that believes on me has everlasting life” (See John 6:47). To believe ON Jesus Christ is not merely to believe facts about His life, that He died for our sins, was buried and rose again. To believe ON Jesus Christ is to believe what He said and to act upon what He said – to OBEY HIM in all things.

Again Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say???” (See Luke 6:46). Such conduct and behavior is ludicrous, senseless, absurd – and leads to eventual judgment and possible eternal death!

A short time before Jesus Christ was arrested and almost immediately crucified, a young man approached Him and asked what he must do that he might have eternal life. Jesus answered him, “If you will enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!” The spiritually blind argue, “Well, that’s how you got saved before the cross. Now, on this side of the cross, all we gotta do is believe.” Yet after the cross the apostles told those seeking to be saved that they must repent. (See Acts 2:38). Repent of what? Sin! And what is the Bible definition of sin? “Sin is the transgression of the law” – God’s law, the Ten Commandments. (See I John 3:4). So if sin is the transgression of God’s commandments, and one repents of sin, then that means one begins keeping God’s commandments. So Jesus did know what He was talking about when He told the young man he must keep the commandments in order to inherit eternal life!!!

Most folks don’t have much trouble believing we should keep nine of the commandments, agreeing wholeheartedly that true Christians should not lie, or steal, or kill, or commit adultery, or worship idols, etc. It’s that fourth commandment that sticks in their craw, you know the one that says, “Remember the Sabbath day to KEEP it holy….” That’s the one they want to jack hammer out of the tablets of stone, re-writing it to say, “Remember Sunday and make it holy.” Try to keep that fourth commandment and they will say you are a legalist, or that you are trying to put believers back under the law, or that you are trying to earn your salvation, or some such satanically inspired argument.

Yep, I believe I have got several years of life ahead of me. There’s just not that many of us left that can articulate the truth, who know the Word of God intimately well, who are now living godly lives, and who bow to Jesus Christ as our absolute LORD. That’s why when illness strikes us He heals us in record time, but He lets us know, “You’ve got a job to do and you better do it!”

Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),

Donald Wiley

The Greatest Promise In All The Bible

Ask the average believer, “What is the greatest promise in the whole Bible?”  I doubt seriously if one in a hundred could give you the correct answer – probably not one in a thousand, even if it is a hundred preachers you ask that question.  Most would probably say, “God’s promise to give us eternal life,” or “God’s promise to forgive us of all our sins.”  Those ARE mighty promises.  But neither is the greatest promise in all the Bible.  Only someone intimately acquainted with the Book of Revelation would know the answer.  Here is the answer: “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne (says Jesus Christ), even as I overcame and am set down with my Father in his throne” (See Revelation 3:21).  THAT is the greatest promise in all the Bible.  There is no greater, there can be no greater promise than that – the promise made by the One who CANNOT lie, that He will grant the true overcomer the right, the privilege, the fantastic, mind-boggling reward to sit with Him on His throne – the throne that rules the universe, the throne that would grant one power and authority second only to God the Father.  THAT is “the mark…the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” the apostle Paul speaks of in the Philippian letter and for which he was striving with every atom of his being.  (See Philippians 3:14).
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In that one short paragraph you have just received some of the most fantastic Bible revelation you will ever receive in this lifetime, revelation hidden from the minds and understanding of most other believers – believers now living in this age or believers who have lived in any previous age.  Can YOU think of a promise of God greater that the one I just gave you?  No you cannot.  Don’t tax your mental powers needlessly.  There IS no greater promise.  Of course the next most logical question to ask, since the promise is given to “him that overcomes,” is overcomes what?  And what does it mean to overcome “even as Jesus overcame?”  What IS the Bible definition of an overcomer?  Can any believer make the grade?  Is the promise a blanket promise made to one and all?
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To be continued……

 

NOAH’S ARK – FACT OR FICTION?

Some time ago my brother asked me the question, “How did penguins make it from the Arctic to Noah’s vicinity in order to be saved from the flood.”  This is what came to my mind:
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If God can implant the migratory instinct in birds, fish, etc., to migrate hundreds even thousands of miles and unerringly return to the same vicinity they departed from a year before – some even making the trip for the first time – then why couldn’t He implant in the minds of penguins to trek from wherever they were THEN – thousands of years ago – to Noah’s vicinity.  Pre-flood conditions differed widely from the conditions and landscape we see today.  And who knows who or what were the pre-flood ancestors of the penguin?
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This is not to say there are not any lingering mysteries regarding just how the miracle of Noah’s ark was brought about.  I repeat: With God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.  God can bring the dead back to life, give sight to one born blind, flood the entire earth, etc., etc., etc.  God has no limits, no boundaries, no impossibilities
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I can as readily accept the story of Noah and the flood as I can accept Jonah and the whale, or great fish, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, or any other miracle.  A miracle is a miracle.  It is an event that cannot be explained.  It shatters all arguments against its being true, factual or even believable.
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Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

FORGIVEN!

Now there’s an appealing doctrine: FORGIVEN!  The true God of glory is merciful beyond human comprehension.  Allah, the arch-demon posing as the Eternal, lacks mercy.  Deceived Muslims call their moon god “merciful,” but he is not.  That is why they show no mercy, brutally killing even children and mothers in labor.  In committing such atrocities their blinded minds cannot see that the “god” they serve and worship is without mercy and actually the author of death, not life.

Forgiven!  Decades of sins wiped out!  Decades of bad choices obliterated from the mind of one’s Creator!  Forgiven!  The true God avows, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (See Isaiah 1:18).  Now there’s a comforting doctrine that IS true, that has the support of scripture in abundance.

A tongue that uttered a thousand lies now speaks the truth.  The hand that once stole now gives.  The thoughtless is now considerate.  Some noted wit of the past once said, “Facts are stubborn things.”  And as some often say, “It is what it is.”  The touch of the Master’s hand makes all the difference.  Has He touched you in a wondrous way?

When I suffered from acid reflux, it was what it was.  When God healed me it was no more.  This is true of several other ailments and maladies.  They were what they were, and they are no more.  The only thing special about me is that I was an especially great sinner for an especially long period of time.  I am merely an object of God’s grace, His limitless, measureless, incomprehensible grace.  Let Allah put that in his pipe and smoke it.

Christ’s Servant,

 

Donald Wiley

IT’S SUNSET TIME

Who does this Don Wiley think he is to have the gall, the audacity, the impertinence to write articles and send them to literally HUNDREDS of ordained ministers throughout the United States, correcting them and showing them their errors??!!  Why the very nerve!  He thinks he has greater insight into spiritual truth than a Mormon bishop?  He thinks He understands better than a Roman Catholic cardinal?    Why he even has the temerity to correct a Baptist pastor!!!  How insulting can you get?
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Folks, the average preacher doesn’t have the foggiest idea of just how the Lord “calls” someone to be a teacher of His Word.  I can’t count the number of times I have heard some preacher say, or write, how God called them to preach when they were nine, ten or twelve years old!  No wonder the Christian faith is divided and subdivided into scores of differing denominations, teaching a myriad of conflicting doctrines.
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Anytime I hear some preacher say, “I don’t get my doctrine out of the Old Testament,” I know that I am listening to a grossly deceived individual.  Where on earth do they think the early church obtained their doctrine?  They had no New Testaments to flip through and quote.  Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (See Matthew 4:4).   Are the Hebrew scriptures inspired, or not.  When they wrote, “Thus saith the Lord,” were they kidding? dishonest? mistaken?  Did the words they wrote proceed out of the mouth of God or from their own deluded minds?
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Few professing Christians really examine the scriptures closely thereby proving their beliefs.  They just gullibly, and yes blindly, accept whatever is spoon-fed them from the pulpit.  Their comfort level grows a thousand-fold when they realize most all of their fellow believers do the same and are in agreement with them as to what the Bible does and does not teach.  While whistling “Amazing Grace,” they slide deeper and deeper into confusion self-assured that all is well with their soul.
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Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley

THERE IS A JOB TO BE DONE

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (See Jeremiah 33:3). Of course that promise was made specifically to Jeremiah the prophet. Still there is no respect of persons with God. As the old “gospel” song says, “What He’s done for others He’ll do for you.” Of course one must have a vital, on-going relationship with God first. One must meet the conditions for answered prayer first.

Here is another scripture that proves the inspiration of scripture: “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me” (Jeremiah 33:22). More than one ancient writer thought they had numbered the stars. (I have written about this in an earlier article I penned some time ago). God is not given to exaggeration. He assured His faithful prophet Jeremiah that He would eventually multiply the number of princes and kings, as well as priests, to billions, trillions, a countless number! He is in the process of doing that right now, but is only in the very beginning of fulfilling that promise.

Folks, we are on the ground floor of God’s great plan of the ages. We are at the start of this plan, not the tail end. When Jesus Christ returns He is not going to say, “Gentlemen, it’s closing time. It’s over.” He is going to say, “Now let us begin to get the Father’s job done.” Most preachers have it wrong, because they “quote the party line,” so to speak. Putting a handful of scriptures together, while overlooking scores and scores of other inspired texts, they erroneously think God is trying His best to get the world saved right now. Why can’t they see that if that is the case God is failing miserably in what He intended to do???

God says He is going to return Sodom and Gomorrah, and all like peoples, to their former estate, bringing them back to life to a world not unlike the world they knew when they first lived on this earth so that they won’t suffer mind-boggling culture shock. (See Ezekiel 16:55). Those ancient people are not roasting in hell right now, having been in such a place for thousands of years already. They are DEAD and await a resurrection to life. God’s Word says these ancients will remember their ways and be ashamed (verse 61, same chapter). They will realize how deceived and wrong they were. This holds true for all others who lived and died gripped in inescapable deceit and confusion.

To say that God is fair is a gross understatement. God is much more than fair. He is much more than just equitable and reasonable. He is a Creator of unparalleled goodness and mercy. As I have stated so many times before, none will ever be able to shake their fist in God’s face and say, “I was never given a fair shake. I never even heard of such a thing as salvation or a possibility of living eternally.”

God’s Spirit limits visitors to my website as He knows I write on matters few can receive. Why try to explain the theory of relativity to a three year old child. He cannot receive what you are saying. Most ministers cannot receive what I am saying. That is why out of the hundreds I wrote and to whom I sent articles only a handful responded and some of them said, “I don’t agree with what you write.” When one is steeped in error the truth sounds like falsehood to such a mind. A Roman Catholic priest cannot accept what a Methodist minister believes and vice versa. What I write is not for all, but for a very few. That is why Jesus Christ Himself spoke in parables, NOT to make Himself clearer to those who heard Him, but to actually conceal what He was actually saying to all but those earnestly desiring and searching for the truth. (See Matthew 13:10-17). Most preachers believe the very opposite of what Jesus is saying in this text. They think Jesus spoke in parables to make His meaning clearer, using language the common folk could grasp and understand! WRONG!

I awakened some time ago with the compulsion to write and expound on a few scriptures. God prolongs my life, my health, my energy for a reason. His Spirit demands that I do what He has called, anointed and equipped me to do and that is to teach the Word of God faithfully and correctly. And I am sure as I lay dying one of the last thoughts that will be in my mind is the thought, “Why ME, Lord?”

Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10),

Donald Wiley

I AM A WALKING, TALKING MIRACLE

I am walking, talking, living PROOF that Jesus Christ still heals His faithful followers of any and all maladies, illnesses and diseases yet today. Listen, if I don’t have the faith to believe my Lord will heal my physical body while I yet live, how on earth can I have the faith to believe He will resurrect me from the grave when I am dead!!!! Lying on my deathbed I would be scared silly that this is the utter end, that there is nothing beyond this life and this world.

I feel as well today as I felt ten or twenty years ago! From time to time I experience the customary pains and limitations of anyone in advancing age. The apostle Paul conceded that “we that are in this tabernacle (fleshly bodies) do groan, being burdened” (See 2 Corinthians 5:4). We do experience sicknesses and ailments and injuries like other men. He spoke of how the “outward man” was perishing. Yes, our bodies do wear out to one degree or another. We are physical, aging beings. But he also wrote “that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men (depending upon their healing arts), but in the power of God (to both hear and answer our prayers for healing)” (See I Corinthians 2:5). And he also urged believers to mimic father Abraham who “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform” (See Romans 4:20-21).

In countless articles, emails and website postings I have quoted text after Bible text that proves God will hear and answer the prayer for healing if offered up in faith by an obedient follower. God have mercy on and forgive the worldly-minded preachers and pastors who preach sermons that turn men and women away from believing God’s promises for healing. They will answer one day for their unfaithfulness and spurning of His Word and promises.

The apostle Paul declared that “the Word of God works effectually (or is effective) in you that believe” (See I Thessalonians 2:13). Do you want to insult God? Doubt His word. Your doubting suggests that God is a liar. Run to a man and throw your money at him and trust that man to heal you. He will make you no promise and will probably have you sign a form that releases him from any responsibility if you die from his treatment!

Think me a fool if you wish in such matters, but I’ll be blowing out a lot more birthday candles than many of my readers.

The apostle Paul had a fellow laborer named Epaphroditus, who became gravely ill and was nearing death. Notice what Paul wrote about this man: “I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but our messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that you had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick NIGH UNTO DEATH, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow…..when you see him again you may rejoice.” God had healed him. (See Philippians 2:25-28). And God is no respecter of persons. What he did for Paul and Epaphroditus he will do FOR YOU, and for me.

The Spirit of the Lord again witnesses to my heart and mind, “Don Wiley, you have the petition you have laid before your Lord. You are healed! Go your way rejoicing and tell others what the Lord has done for you.”

Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),

Donald Wiley

KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS AND LIVE

The Lord’s Spirit has been bringing so many Bible texts back to my mind that I am in a quandary as to what to write about next.  “For unto whom much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48).  The Lord has given me a phenomenal memory concerning His Word.  He has also given me a remarkable understanding of that Word.  No, He has not given me infallibility in spiritual matters, but He has given me a great deal of light and truth
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I have sent my printed articles to hundreds of pastors around the country – HUNDREDS!  I use the larger mailing envelopes so that I can send a minimum of three articles to each pastor.  NOT ONE PASTOR HAS REPLIED CORRECTING ME OR POINTING OUT ANY ERRORS IN WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN – NOT ONE!  I have had a couple pastors say they disagreed with something I wrote, but still failing to correct me or show where I was wrong.  They have just said they didn’t agree.  I have had pastors call me, email me, or tell me in person that they were blessed and enlightened by an article or articles they received.
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As I have pointed out before, Jesus said, “One sows and another reaps.”  I am not a reaper.  I am a sower of the Word.  I rarely see the results of my labors.  The Lord’s reapers have the satisfaction of seeing God’s Word take effect in believers’ lives.  I do not.
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Over and over again during His earthly ministry, Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  In today’s lingo He would say, “I am going to tell it like it is and you can take it or leave it.”  On another occasion Jesus said, “Let these sayings sink down into your ears,” or, as we might say, “Hear and ponder well what I say.”  Many of Christ’s statements were the total opposite of what most commonly believed.  That was true then.  It is true yet today.  Jesus said, “My brethren are these which hear the word of God, AND DO IT!”  (See Luke 8:21).  Becoming a member of the household of God goes far beyond just believing some facts about God and Jesus Christ.  James warned, “But be ye DOERS of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (See James 1:22).  Pastors and preachers do their congregations no service when they assure them, “All you gotta do is believe.”  Jesus Himself said, “If you will enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!”  He then went on to quote six of those commandments so His hearers would know which commandments He spoke of.  (See Matthew 19:16-19).  Those commandments, of course, were the Ten Commandments.  Decades after the founding of the church and the establishment of the New Covenant, the apostle John wrote “here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (See Revelation 14:12).  The two go hand-in-hand.  True, genuine God-wrought faith inspires and enables one to keep God’s commandments – all of them.
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And how does the Bible close?  “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the (holy) city.”  There are but seven verses of scripture left in your Bible after that statement is made.  (See Revelation 22:14).  We had better make sure we have the right to reach forth our hand and take of the fruit of the tree of life
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“For by grace are you saved through faith….”  Faith in what?  Faith in Jesus Christ!  Faith in what He said, believing what He said and then acting upon that belief.
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Maybe when I am eighty years old I will find some of my readers saying, “I believe what you say, Don, and I am now acting on that belief.”  Time will tell.
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Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley