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Our Trial

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by rylanreed

Our situation as sinners is as if we stand on trial in the heavenly court, before our righteous Judge, God the Father. Our Advocate Jesus stands up to answer the charges:

“He is completely guilty your honor. In fact, he has even done worse than what he is accused of, and now makes full and complete confession before You.”

The gavel slams, and God asks, “what should his sentence be?”

Jesus answers, “His sentence shall be death; he deserves the full wrath of this righteous court.”

All along, our accuser, Satan, is having great fun at all this. We are guilty, We admit our guilt, We see our punishment. But then, Jesus asks to approach the bench. As he draws close to God, he simply says:

“Dad, this one belongs to Me. I paid his price. I took the wrath and punishment from this court that he deserves.”

The gavel sounds again, and the Judge cries out, “Guilty as charged! Penalty satisfied!”

Our accuser starts going crazy.  “Aren’t you even going to put him on probation?”

“No!” God shouts. “The penalty has been completely paid by My Son. There is nothing to put him on probation for.”

Then God turns to Jesus, and says,

“Son, you said this one belongs to You. I release him into Your care. Case closed!”

Take from: David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible

1 John: Chapter 2: (Verse 1b-2)

Thrown seed

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by rylanreed

Most people might know the parable of the seeds and the sower.  It was probably said to you in Sunday School or something like that, and it was all nice and cutesy like.  I am going to look at this paragraph in two different ways, and hopefully will bring a little insight into some-one’s life.  one will be about the differences between the four and specifically one grouping, and the other will talk about how we can use that parable in our lives today. In Matthew 13, as well as Mark 4 and Luke 8, there is an interesting parable told by Jesus about why some people’s lives are wasted and unreachable. The parable sort of goes like this in the condensed version: A farmer goes out to seed his fields and there are four different places that the seeds get thrown too; on the path, on rocky ground, among thorns and then on good soil.  the short interpretation would be that we give in either to fleshly temptations, the pressure of the world or to the enemy; and then finally to God.

The first seed that fell on the path and were eaten by birds, are this kind of a person Jesus said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.” (Matthew 13:19) In South Africa, these would be the people that believe in ancestral worship or in creation and not a creator, or those that just believe in other religions.  It could also be the people that focus hole heartily on school work and making good grades, or wanting to do the things that they want to do and not caring too much into the future. Their focus is on something totally wrong and different than what it needs to be and Satan uses that for his benefit.

The second seed that fell on rocky ground, springing up really quick, but without any substance,  wilted and died are these kind of people Jesus said, “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21yet he has no root in himself, by endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21) In South Africa, these would be a lot of people that might lean towards prosperity gospel or students not wanting to offend a westerner that has come over 10,000 miles to tell them something important.  They might receive it with joy and get excited, but then the trial comes and is placed on their laps, giving them a choice to show others and Christ that He is their all. To often, the opposite happens and they fall back into the way they had been living before, because it was either easier or comfortable.

The last, or unfruitful, seed that fell among the thorns and choked them out, are these kind of people Jesus said, “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22) In South Africa, this might be a combination of the last two where people feel that things happen by chance and they are the one’s that control their own life and lifestyle. They are also concerned with the world and worldly things, wanting more of power, money, fame, and attention; too the extent that it overtakes their minds and hearts and nothing can really get to them except something drastic.

I will try to explain what these three different seeds mean to me and how they relate to the big picture, but the people dipicted here are a lot of what we deal with each and everyday. Not to say that these people are only found here, they are all over the world and especially in the great country of money, the United States. We are still called to try and reach them, but the greatness of it all is that it doesn’t totally depend on us for their salvation.

Shout to Him pt. 1

Posted in books, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2009 by rylanreed

Exodus 3:9 “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.”

“are we crying out for God to hear our(and our brethren) plight?  Or do we try and work things out by ourselves and when they go bad then we get mad at Him who could have given us’…the way out.” Unknown Author

When situations come up, do we go to God for our help, or is it more of the fact that we just rely in our self and maybe others as well.  I know I have fallen into the trap of trying to do things on my own, or depending on others to help or comfort me in different situations, but it usually don’t work out to well and I feel incomplete.  Well, God (if I can use an illustration) is the ball that fits exactly into the circle hole of your heart, so snug that when He comes into that place He will never leave it again.  If you turn and look to Him when you need the strength to get through some situation or get wisdom to do something, He is there and willing to help if you just rely in Him.  He has the power and strength to give you, because He is all powerful and all mighty.  This is what Spurgeon says in his Morning and Evening devotionals, July 8 Evening:

“Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.”  Psalms 28:1

A cry is the natural expression of sorrow, and a suitable utterance when all other modes of appeal fail us; but the cry must be alone directed to the Lord, for to cry to man is to waste our entreaties upon the air. When we consider the readiness of the Lord to hear, and his ability to aid, we shall see good reason for directing all our appeals at once to the God of our salvation. It will be in vain to call to the rocks in the day of judgment, but our Rock attends to our cries.

“Be not silent to me.” Mere formalists may be content without answers to their prayers, but genuine suppliants cannot; they are not satisfied with the results of prayer itself in calming the mind and subduing the will—they must go further, and obtain actual replies from heaven, or they cannot rest; and those replies they long to receive at once; they dread even a little of God’s silence. God’s voice is often so terrible that it shakes the wilderness; but his silence is equally full of awe to an eager suppliant. When God seems to close his ear, we must not therefore close our mouths, but rather cry with more earnestness; for when our note grows shrill with eagerness and grief, he will not long deny us a hearing. What a dreadful case should we be in if the Lord should become forever silent to our prayers? “Lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” Deprived of the God who answers prayer, we should be in a more pitiable plight than the dead in the grave, and should soon sink to the same level as the lost in hell. We must have answers to prayer: ours is an urgent case of dire necessity; surely the Lord will speak peace to our agitated minds, for he never can find it in his heart to permit his own elect to perish.

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Still caught in Sin

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by rylanreed

Rebelling against the rules doesn’t mean that you’re free. You’re still a slave to sin.  This was perfectly laid out in Pastor Mark Driscoll’s sermon Trial: Temptation from Sin, in the section called America, Land of the Slaves.  Paul also writes in Romans about this:

“14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”  Romans 7:14-25    (underlined included by me)

Living and Active today!

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by rylanreed

I have been going to Church here in South Africa at a place called Mars Hill Church with Pastor Mark Driscoll.  Yeah, I am actually listening to his pod casts and have been following his series entitled Trial : 8 Witnesses  From 1 & 2 Peter.  I really, really like His third sermon in the series called Trial and Scripture, which is over Ch. 1 verses 10-12!  You can hear his sermon with that link, I think you will like it, or maybe it’s just me.

Driscoll does a very good job of connecting the Old Testament and New Testament with the prophets prophesying about Jesus and His coming to earth and then the apostles and gospels telling of the things that came true.  God’s book, the Bible, is all about Jesus, the hero “He is the savior of the Bible”.

Salvation by Grace through the sufferings and glory of Jesus Christ! That is what the Bible is all about…

This sermon was a new way for me to look at the Holy Scriptures and realize how wonderful and magnificent these Words mean for us today and how true all of it is.  The Bible is not just a book for us to do morally good things and follow what other good people did in the Bible.  I really liked what Driscoll said, “Religious people moralizing the Bible… they will say that there are good people and bad people, so do what the good people do and don’t do what the bad people do and turn it into a bunch of moral stories.  The problem is… There are bad people and one good guy, Jesus and we killed Him, that’s how bad we are…”

It’s all about Jesus

Listen…  You might like it!