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Our Affected Heart

Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city. (Lamentations 3:51)

Every believer in Jesus Christ is constantly afflicted and effected by what we see with our eyes in this present world.  We live in such a wicked and adulterous generation.  We are surrounded by a godless and God hating people who (if they could) would with their own two hands strip the crown from the head of God and anoint themselves to be the divine monarch of their own destiny.

The Word of God asks  “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3)

This is clearly seen in the government and religious rulers of our nation.  These godless fools shake their fists at the God of Heaven and say “You do not exist! I believe the universe made itself and I am the god of my own life and you will not rule over me!”

The false religious world puts on their vain show of religion.  They bow down to crosses, and statues of saints.  Their churches are filled with music, pageants and programs.  They profess to believe on Jesus Christ but preach a gospel of self-help, self righteousness and free will works religion which is nothing less then the doctrine of devils.

And surely these two groups are not opposed but joined together in defying the Living God.  The false church and the world walk hand in hand saying “we will not have This Man (Jesus Christ) to rule over us.”

Believer, this world and its false religious rulers have never and will never have any pleasure in the gospel of Salvation by the Sovereign Free Grace of God, which is the only true gospel.

Therefore, we who believe on Jesus Christ and are saved by the Grace of God hold fast the truth that all men are by nature depraved and dead in sins.(Romans 5:12; 8:7; John 6:44)

We hold fast that God before the world began Sovereignly Loved and chose some of Adam’s fallen race to be Saved by Jesus Christ His Son. (Ephesians 1:3-6; 2 Timothy 1:9)

We hold fast the truth that Jesus Christ came in the flesh to be the representative man of the elect of the Father.  And that Jesus, who was the surety of the elect, came and obtained eternal righteousness for them alone. (Isaiah 46:13;Jeremiah 23:6)  Jesus was crucified and suffered under the wrath of God for the sins of the elect and redeemed them forever by His one offering. (Hebrews 9:26-28; 10:12-14)

We  boldly declare that God the Holy Spirit shall come to every elect sinner, even in the midst of his depravity and the deadness of his nature and He will perform His irresistible work of Grace.  And we declare that the means of the Holy Spirit to apply life and faith to the sinner is only by the preaching of this gospel. (1 Corinthians 1:17-18; Romans 10:13-17)

Therefore Anyone who preaches another gospel then that we have preached then let him be accursed!  (Galatians 1:6-9)

Surely every believer is affected and grieves in our hearts because of these who reject this gospel of Jesus Christ, but be assured that God is not affected!  Take comfort believer that our Lord Jesus Christ is not hindered by these fools who will not believe.  “The God of Heaven shall Laugh and have them in derision.” (Psalm 2:4)

Believers let not what we see affect us in our hearts, for God has set Jesus Christ His King on His throne.  Our King shall soon come and wipe away all tears from our afflicted eyes.  Then shall we see things, not as they appear in the flesh, but how things really are!

We shall see  that ALL THINGS are moving after the counsel of God’s Sovereign will for the salvation of all God’s elect.  And there is nothing these rulers and false religious men can do to hinder Him in His work.

 

-Fred Evans

A Cure for the Incurable

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. (Jeremiah 30:7-9)

This chapter 30 in Jeremiah begins with such words of Grace and Mercy.  God tells His people who are under the yoke of Babylon that He has purposed to deliver them from their captivity.  God promises that He will raise up David their King unto them which is His promise of the Lord Jesus Christ David’s Son and David’s Lord!

It is in this blessed chapter that God reveals to Israel that our sins are incurable.  We have sinned against God and there is nothing that we are able to do to cure ourselves!  Our sins are innumerable and are only increasing every moment!

Are not our sins like clouds?  Can you count the clouds?  As clouds stack up upon one another even so are our sins without measure and without number.  If we were to start to walk from the east coast to the west and confessed our sins with every step we take we would not have enough steps to confess them all.  And yet how many sins have we committed that we don’t even know about? Yet God says to Israel… To Us who are His elect people: verse 17: For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.(Jeremiah 30:17)

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.(Isaiah 44:22)

Believer is this not what Jesus Christ has done for us?  Yes! He has by His one offering forever put away all our sins.  He took our incurable and innumerable sins in His own body on the tree  and it was there that God punished them all!  It was there that we were Justified!

 

-Fred Evans

Christ Our Rock

A Psalm of David. 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)

There is nothing more disturbing to the Heart of God’s child then the silence of God.  It was by His voice we were raised from the dead. (John 5:25) It was by His voice we were exposed of our sins. (Deuteronomy 4:36) It was by His voice we heard of the blood of Christ that was once offered to put away sin. (1 Peter 1:18-25)  It was by His voice we heard our sweet shepherd call our name and we followed Him and a strangers voice we will not follow. (John 10:4-11)

It is the voice of Christ that soothes our doubts and calms our fears.  It is by His Holy Word that is preached, read and studied we are assured of the promises of God. But either because of our flesh, our sin or the circumstances of this world, we are at times not able to hear His voice nor feel His presence. Then our hearts fail within us.  All becomes dark and despair fills our souls.

Are you dear saint in such a sad state as this?  Are your overwhelmed because you do not hear your Beloved’s voice? It is then we must fall on our knees and cry unto the Lord Our Rock!  Believer the Lord Jesus Christ is our Rock.

  1. He is the foundation Stone of God’s church upon which our souls and salvation are built. (Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 16:18)
  2. The Lord Jesus is our Rock of refuge upon whom all the fires of God’s Holy Justice have been forever quenched by His precious blood. (Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 10:14) Cry out believer to Jesus Christ our Rock, for in Him God looks upon us with eyes of love and grace. (Psalm 17:8)
  3. The Lord Jesus is our Rock of Refreshment out of which flow the water of life for the assurance of our souls. (Psalm 114:8; 1Corinthians 10:4) Our souls were as the desolate wasteland, but now Christ has made them as the Garden of Eden. We are fenced city in Christ and He has inhabited us with His Holy Spirit. (Ezekiel 36:35)
  4. The Lord is our Rock of Protection from all our foes so that not one arrow of accusation shall fly over Him who is a wall of fire about us. (2 Kings 19:32; Zechariah 2:5)

Oh believer if such a Rock as Christ is OUR Rock; a supporting rock and sure foundation for our souls; a Sheltering Rock that has quenched the justice of God for our sins and protects us from all our foes; A Refreshing Rock that provides a never ceasing river of Grace.  Whom then shall we fear? If Christ is such a rock for us, who then will be able to stand against us? (Romans 8:31)  Speak to Christ thy rock and fortress and He will hear you!  Christ is our strength and salvation.  He will save His people.  He will Bless His inheritance.  HE will feed and lift us up in due time.  Wait on Him believer and He will not remain silent for Christ is our Rock! (Psalm 28:8-9)

 

-Fred Evans

Five Words of Comfort

Dear child of God are you in any trouble?  Are you under the weight of grief and despair?  Then avail your soul to God’s unfailing changeless word. (Isaiah 55:11) Set all your faith and affection toward the promises of God who cannot fail to accomplish His Sovereign Will.

In Ezekiel 36 we read no less than fourteen times “Thus saith the Lord.”  We know that whatsoever God has said that He will do for His glory is subject to its accomplishment.  Therefore the word of God tells us that all the promises of God are “yea and amen in Christ.”  So then behold what the Lord has said in this chapter to His people.

For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

(Ezekiel 36:9-11)

  1. I am for you. Believer our God has been for us from all eternity.  He has loved us with an everlasting, infinite, and measureless love.  He loved us according to His own sovereign will and has by grace decreed to make us holy and sinless sons.  Therefore as Paul reminds us “if God be for us who then can be against us?”
  2. I will turn unto you. We being born dead in sins were by nature as all Adam’s race haters of God.  We were worthy only of God’s strict Justice but God who is rich in mercy for His great love wherewith He loved us” God turned to us by sending His Son to obtain for us eternal righteousness and redemption by His one offering for sin.  Then in the providence of God at His appointed time He turned to us by His Holy Spirit in regeneration and quickened our dead soul to life and faith in Christ.
  3. Ye Shall be tilled and sown. Behold the Word of the Lord tells us that He will by His Holy Spirit till up the clods of our hard heart by trials and afflictions.  This is the Work of God the Holy Spirit to expose our sins and break our hearts to cause us turn to Christ in faith and repentance.  It is then the Word of God is sown in our hearts and God’s promise is that He will bring forth fruits of the Spirit in our hearts.
  4. I will Multiply Men. This is the Word of God concerning all Israel; that they all shall be saved.  May God comfort our hearts with this seeing that the remnant in our day seems small, but none of those for whom Christ has died shall not fail to come by faith to Him.  Jesus said “all that the Father giveth me shall come to me and Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  This is the Will of the Father that sent me that of all those He has given me I should lose NOTHING but raise them up at the last day.”  (John6:36-39)
  5. I will do you better than at your beginning. Believer there is a day coming that all will be better than it is now.  Now we suffer and weep and die, but one day God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes and he shall for ever remove sin and death.  In that day God will dwell with us and we shall see our Lord Jesus face to face.

 

-Fred Evans