Isaiah 35:3-4 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you."
Dear CBC Family,
“Who has been the biggest influence in your Christian life”? This was the question a very nice visitor asked me this weekend. She said “I can see the Bible is taken very seriously here, so who has been the greatest influence in your Christian life”? I asked her if she meant dead or alive and gave her a couple of answers, one long dead (John Owen) and one living. We had a really great conversation and as I went on my way I thought quite a bit more about the idea of influence.
Spurgeon said in his day; “I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.” As a pastor I can say I agree with him. So many of a believer’s issues are self-inflicted due to a wandering from truth. This makes a life of very little influence.
My dad used to say “if you aim at nothing you are sure to hit nothing.” I believe what the ‘bullseye” of an influential life would be is faithfulness to the word of God. Unfortunately, we are in a famine of the word in our land. The bible is misrepresented or completely ignored while a modern social un-gospel replaces it. This un-gospel may fill seats on earth but it is the true gospel of sin and grace that is “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16) that fills heaven.
Any teaching, effort or idea that originates in the mind of men will never produce a life that has any eternal significance. The only cause for such a life is the Spirit of God, through the word of God by the grace of God. A grace-fueled holy life is one of the most powerful influences in the world, next to God and His word of course. That life is solid and stable and that is what a world teetering in death needs to see.
The above thoughts bring us to the topic of our study this weekend. Paul tells us that we “have obtained access by faith into the grace in which we stand thus producing a boasting in God” Romans 5:2-3. Notice the text says we have “access” into the grace in which we stand not that we are always standing firm in grace. That is a big distinction.
I pray you will join us for this very important time in the word of God as we learn practical steps for standing firm in grace. This will be something that, if applied correctly, will change your life. Steadfastness is not something that comes with “age” but comes from “training.” This weekend we will all be trained by the Holy Spirit to understand that the standing God gave us in Christ is the foundation of our standing firm in tribulations. The first standing is a gift. The second takes effort.
Join us and bring a friend who is struggling in their walk with the Lord. Perhaps the Lord will use His word to give them some hope. Isa 35:3-4 “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you."
Blessings to you all,