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., Bob, Celeste ACP
Monday August 16th, 2004
Fortunately, God sees the heart and knows the truth rather than having to just rely upon our words. For these are only words to us, not a pledge of any kind, and thanks be to the Living God, the Creator of all things, He knows that. For let us think for a minute what we are saying when we sing these two songs, and then let's look at what would happen if we were serious and then did not follow through.
Lord, Glorify Thyself in me:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ACP/KJV) Are you prepared to live such a life that all around you and all who come in contact with you raise their voice up to heaven in thanks to God for you and your works?
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: (John 17:1 ACP/KJV)
And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. (John 17:5 ACP/KJV) As you read John 17, do you understand what Jesus is saying? What He is going to do to be glorified? If not, further in John it becomes very clear, let us jump to John chapter 21.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake He (Jesus), signifying by what death he (Peter) should glorify God.
And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me. According to history, Peter died a horrible death, he was crucified up side down, after being beat and tortured.
So, when you cry out to God and say, "Lord, glorify Thyself in me" what you are saying is that you are prepared to surrender all and give yourself to the Lord in such a manner that until you are martyred, you will live your life in such a Christian manner that people will see Christ in you to such an extent that they will give thanks to God and praise to God for you and your works.
But what if you really work to convince the Lord that you are not just singing, but really mean to glorify Him through your own body and that as such you are truly willing to surrender all. And then don't. What happens then?
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession (piece of land), and kept back part of the price (proceeds from the sale of the land), his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, "Ananias, why hath satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost (died): and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered (said) unto her, "Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much?" And she said, "Yea, for so much." Then Peter said unto her; "How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out." Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. (Acts 5:1-11 ACP/KJV)
Judging from all the Ananias's and Sapphira's I hear in the churches singing, "I'll surrender all" and "Glorify Thyself in me Lord", who the very next week arrive back at church driving the same car, wearing the same jewels and not having put their home up for sale, it might just be time for God to make an example of a modern day Ananias and Sapphira again. For what is sorely missing in our churches and amongst the church herself is verse eleven; And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
Lord, forgive me, for as You know, yesterday my wife and I also sang "Glorify Thyself in me Lord" we were only singing Lord. Lord, while we would die for you, the idea of a lengthy torture and painful death after selling all we own, giving it and using it for the work of bringing lost souls to You, is more than I can bear to think about.
So, Lord, forgive us and please understand we love You and want to serve You, but not in Africa where there are snakes, and not in countries with no air conditioning or central heat, and Lord, while my truck is old, it sure does beat walking or riding a donkey, so Lord, forgive my indiscretion in song yesterday and help me to continue to be a warm and comfortable Christian, keeping my candle inside my home so it won't blow out. Amen.
May the Lord understand the importance of Mac and Cecily to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless 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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