A daily Christian thought from:
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: Monday May 23rd, 2004
"Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." The house is your faith, the Rock is Christ and what He did on the cross, the stream is sin. (Luke 6:47-49 ACP/KJV)
When you abide by the Word of God and His word, you are building your home on The Rock, but when you allow anything that is not in the word of God to interfere or to corrupt that which is commanded by God's word for salvation, you are building your house of faith on shifting sand.
What Jesus did, by being the perfect offering for our sin, was all that was needed, to be part of that salvation is to do as He has commanded. From the depth of your heart, you must go to Him in prayer, confessing that you are a sinner, seriously admitting that you are sorry for what you have done, and in truth and honesty, tell the Lord that you want to use the free will that He has given you to give your life to Him, to be not His friend, but His slave, His bond servant. You don't have to paint the church, sell cookies, or babble in strange and exotic languages. You don't have to go out and pick up snakes or drink poisonous drinks. All you have to do is go to Jesus in prayer, alone, and solemnly and honestly give your life to Him, by doing just as He tells you to do, confess that you are a sinner and repent by being honestly sorry you have committed all those sins.
Once you have done that, built your house of faith on the Rock of Christ, there are certain ways you can know that you are Saved, ways that you can know that the Lord God of Creation has accepted you as His little brother or sister. For while we go to Him begging to be His slave, if He accepts us, we are adopted into His family, becoming not salves, but little brothers and sisters. In verses 20 through 49 we have a check list. As you read see how you are doing against the Lord's check list.
Luke Chapter Six
1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that He went through the corn fields; and His disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. 2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, "Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?" 3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; 4 How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? 5 And He said unto them, that The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. How often I hear preachers and others making things up, taking things out of context or just plain lying when it comes to what is need for one to be Born Again.
6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that He entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched Him,(to see) whether He would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against Him. 8 But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? 10 And looking round about upon them all, He said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 11 And they(the scribes and Pharisees) were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus. Let me ask you a question, would you have been surprised if Luke had added, 'and the Pharisees looked at their watches and warned Jesus that He was preaching past his allotted fifteen minutes, that there were folks here with chickens in the oven, boats ready to go fishing, and beer getting warm in the coolers.' We wonder why the churches down south are full and the ones up north are empty? The Churches down south have services that last more than an hour, they sing all four verses of a hymn, they allow the preacher to finish his sermon. Maybe folks want to go to a service where God comes first not the clock. I go to a very fundamental small church thirty minutes driving time from my house, but you know something, I spend more time in my truck going and coming than I do in the service, and this is a fundamental church in Maine.
12 And it came to pass in those days, that He went out onto a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples: and of them He chose twelve, whom also He named apostles;
14,15,&16 Simon, (whom He also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. 17 And He came down with them, and stood in the plain.
And the company of His disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 and they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and healed them all.
And now we shall start the check list.
20 And Jesus lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said:
Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. Ok, are you poor? Or do you spend your life seeking the riches of this world? Do you share what you have with all who have less? Or is your stomach and your closet full? Does the world hate you because you refuse to conform to the gutter morals of the times? Or do you just' go along to get along'? Do you rejoice because of your suffering? Or do you rejoice over the new car, the full refrigerator and all the great friends you have in high political, government, or industry office?
24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. If you are still alive, you still have time to change those woes to joy. For the things above are easy, now comes the hard stuff.
27 But I say unto you which hear:
Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Love your enemies, pray for the terrorist that beheaded Nick Berg, pray for the terrorists in our own government who by their speech and actions give aid and comfort to the terrorist and get more of our troops killed and wounded. You don't think that is harder than giving up your riches? Try it, get down on your knees right now and seriously go to the Lord for Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Susan Collins, and Peter Jennings. But before you pray, try to focus on a young man with no arms or legs, or maybe no sight. Focus on the family of a 23 year old solider as they lay him to rest, because Jennings, Kennedy, Frank, Collins and others are making political hay at the expense of these fine young mens lives and limbs. For by their speech and condemnations of the war, and the Commander in Chief they are encouraging the terrorist to hang in there till Kerry is elected and we give them the USA as an offer of peace.
32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. It is harder to lend, not planning on ever getting it back or ever even asking for it back, than it is to just give it away.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Do you see what is written in verse 37? Try doing that for those who serve on your local school committee, the ones who prohibit Christmas celebrations, yet encouraged earth day and ramadan. The ones that prohibit tee shirts with Christian sayings but allow open dismays of homosexual and lesbian actions.
39 And He spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, 'Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye,' when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. As a follower of Christ, you are not above Him, you are not equal to Him, you are His servant and He is your Master.
43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 46 And why call ye Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not the things which I say? The Lord has asked a good question in verse 46, why do you call Him Lord or call yourself a Christian, when you ignore what He has commanded you to do?
47 Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:1-49 ACP/KJV)
Do you know that Christianpatriot.com, the Church for the American Christian Patriot, ACP, is a mega church? We are, we have as many coming here on a weekly basis as any mega church out there. We have more folks coming and reading the entire thoughts on any given day than all of the little so called fundamental churches in the north east combined.
Why? We don't have hymns, we don't have movies, cake and fudge or sermons based upon last nights TV thriller. What makes Christianpatriot.com, the Church for the American Christian Patriot, so popular is Scripture. Plain ordinary old fashion God breathed Scripture. It's not me, it's not what I say, it is Scripture. I preach Christ, I preach the words spoken by God to us through His chosen speakers/writers. I'm not bragging, I thank God that He did not make me smart enough to do anything else.
Why is it that the churches who want to grow will try everything under the sun except throwing out the clock and getting back to God and God's word regardless of the amount of time it takes? I thank every last one of you who comes to ACP, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I pray to God that He will raise up so many solid Christ centered, non clock watching churches in this earth of His, that mega web churches like Christianpatriot.com, the Church for the American Christian Patriot, won't be necessary.
Lord, open our eyes, help us Lord to serve You and put You first in all things, help us Lord to be worthy of that which you have done for us. 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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