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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Friday May 7th, 2004
Today, as we read Mark chapter sixteen, we will come back to those words spoken to satan 1,974 years ago. This is something we should well keep in mind today too. All to often, folks will step out without first going to the Lord in prayer and then they wonder why they get burnt.
Mark Chapter Sixteen
1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3 And they said among themselves, "Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?" Sunrise, the first Easter Sunday, 33 or 34 AD.
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, "Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him. 7 But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you." Ever seen an angel? Mary and Mary did, a young man, dressed in clean white, a young man of few but honest words, a young man whose life and language center around the Lord Jesus.
8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told them that had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had heard that He was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. Would you have believed her? Imagine, a woman comes running up to you and tells you that He whom you had seen tortured and killed, was alive. How would you have reacted? Before you say, "I would have believed, you might want to hold off till we finish the thought, for I have a question to ask that might just make you rethink your answer.
12 After that He appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Can't you just hear the Lord thinking, 'Oh ye of little faith.'
14 Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen. 15&16 And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Upbraided, that means Jesus went up one side of them and down the other. I do pray that when we get to John chapter seventeen, you will remember what has happened till now. For in John 17, you are going to see how special we, Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb, Christians are today to the Lord.
17&18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:1-20 ACP/KJV)
Back a bit we saw the disciples refusing to believe that Jesus was alive, even after being told by those who had seen Him alive. I asked if you would have believed? Now I want to tell you a story and then you might want to answer the question of 'would you have believed?'.
I know a young man who has nothing below either elbow, nor anything below either knee. He is a wonderful young boy whom I pray for daily. I believe with ever fiber of my body and soul that Jesus is the Lord God of Creation, and I know that Jesus has said that for those who believe they shall say to mountains and trees "be thou removed into the sea" and they will be, I know that Jesus has told us that anything we ask in His name will be granted if only we believe. I know those things and I believe them, yet, while I pray for this young boy, fear of failure keeps me from going up to him, laying my hands upon him and praying healing on him. Now, what would you do in my place? Would you have believed the two men who saw Jesus? Would you have believed Mary Magdalene?
Now let us go back and look at the title and see if I can explain it: "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God"
At the close of Mark, in verses 17 and 18, we see the Lord saying: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. " I want to focus on the second half for a moment, "... They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Bites from serpents shall not hurt them, drinking poison will cause them no harm. We, today, have so called Christian sects that handle poisonous snakes and drink poisons trying to prove, or more than likely, test, Jesus's words. These verses do not mean you can go out pick up a poisonous snake on purpose, antagonize it into biting you and figure you are guaranteed of 100% protection. It doesn't mean you can go out and order some cyanide cocktails drink a few down and go your merry way.
In the book of Acts we read about Paul reaching down for some firewood, as he does, a large poisonous snake bites him, all of the native people sit down to watch Paul die, Paul shakes the snake off into the fire and goes about his business with no side effects whatsoever. I met an evangelist from India once, he had gone to a muslim or Buddhist, Hindu or something village, to evangelize. The locals, in an effort to kill him, invited him in for a feast, at which they served him poison. He drank it and preached, they gave him more, he drank it, thanked them and keep on preaching. They, starting to shake their heads in unbelief, gave him more of the poison to drink, he drank it and kept on preaching, and they came to know the Lord.
In Luke chapter four we will see satan trying to tempt the Lord: Remember, the words in sickly green are words spoken by satan, the words spoken in Red, are those of the Lord:
And satan brought Jesus to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone.
And Jesus said: It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
And when the devil had ended all the temptation,...
When you are out doing the Lord's work, the Lord protects you from all dangers, but never think of His protection as some kind of circus side show. Now back to me. In the very last part of verse 18 Jesus tells us: "they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. " that 'they' is us who are Saved, yet my faith is so hollow, so weak, that as much as I love that young boy, I can not bring myself to have the courage to just go up to him and cure him, why? Fear of failure. As the man with the son who was possessed said: Help my unbelief Lord, help my unbelief.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you all. Amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
I would also like to thank the Lord that Dorothy has a large print Bible, while I am not to happy about the way she got it, I am pleased that she has it. And now my prayer is that she will read it and the Lord will let the Holy Spirit guide her to understanding it. Amen.
The Lord be with you all and please keep me in your prayers. I have some very important decision to make over the next few weeks or months, I need your prayers. Amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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