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The Upright Love Thee

 

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. {Song of Solomon 1:4}

Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection than they dare to give to any other being. They would sooner lose father or mother than part with Christ. They hold all earthly comforts with a lose hand, but carry Him locked securely in their hearts. They voluntarily deny themselves for His sake, but the are not driven to deny Him. It is a meager love that the fire of Persecution can dry up; the true believer’s love is a deeper stream than this.

Men have labored to divide the faithful from their Master, but their attempts have been fruitless in every age. Neither crowns of honor nor frowns of anger have untied this Gordian knot. This is no everyday attachment that the world’s power may at length dissolve. Neither men nor devils have found a key that opens this lock. Never has the craft of Satan been more at fault than when he has exercised it in seeking to tear apart this union of two divinely welded hearts.

It is written, and nothing and nothing can blot out the sentence, “The upright love thee.” The intensity of the love of the upright, however, is not so much to be judged by what it appears as what the upright long for. It is our daily lament that we can not love enough. Would that our hearts were capable of holding more and reaching further. Like Samuel Rutherford, we sigh and cry, “Oh for as much love as would go around the earth, and over heaven– yea, the heaven of heavens, and ten thousand worlds– that I might let all out upon fair, fair, only fair Christ.”

Alas, our longest reach is but a span of love, and our affection is but a drop in the bucket compared with what he is due. Measure our love by our intentions, and it is high indeed; we trust that this is how our Lord judges it. Oh, that we could give all the love in all our hearts in one great mass, a gathering together of all that loves Him who “is already lovely” {Song 5:16}

From Charles Spurgeon’s book “Morning and Evening”

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When A Nation Thumbs Its Nose At God

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5-20)

All decent law abiding citizens need to look at America and its present way of life to see how our country is completely thumbing its nose at our God and His warnings to us through His Word. The degree of apostasy in America is totally shocking and unbelievable. Most people in our country do not know what sin is or to make it plainer the difference between right and wrong.

When a person is too lazy to work in our country it is called good and the reward for this laziness is with welfare and government benefits while the hard working people who work and provide for their families and some work enough to become rich and that is called bad. Because the liberals in this country say this is bad, the rich people and the person who works hard every day must be taxed to give their money to people who don’t work because that is what is good and right. The lazy in America get free everything from free food to free cell phones, free rent, free everything and it is called good by our government. This is the opposite of scriptural teaching that if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. This does not mean we are not to help the ones who are truly poor.

In today’s America if you are a pure virgin, a chaste woman you are seen as bad and a women who dresses and acts the part of a whore is good. Her pictures are on TV, magazines, and you name it. An unwed mother gets all kinds of benefits from the government because she has had a child and is not married. The government calls this good, and a woman who is married and trying to make ends meet are not given the same breaks because she is married and this is bad, what is wrong with that picture? This is not putting down the single woman but the system by which the government penalizes the married women. It has nothing to do with the woman personalty. People thought the Marlboro man was good and the man taking his children to church was bad. Marriage that was once solely between man and woman is now called bad because homosexual or same-sex marriage must have the same right. It is called good. Even though the scriptures call it sin people and our government are calling it good. Churches are marrying same sex people and calling it good when the Bible calls it sin in other words bad. God’s judgment is coming and soon.

Killing some types of animals, birds, whales, etc is called bad and evil but the murdering of innocent, babies that are still in the mother’s womb by abortion is called good. Not long ago a lion was shot in Africa and there was a public cry against it. A gorilla was shot in a zoo to protect a child and the public once again cried out, calling it bad. At the same time we were told of unborn baby parts being sold by Planned Parent Hood and that was good. America will most certainly pay for this crime against our Lord. America is now embracing transgenders and calling it good.  What will be next? Will it be sex with animals or being married to an animal? Do not laugh at that statement because whoever thought that a man would be allowed to use a woman’s bathroom? We are fast becoming a nation without God!

America is on a downward spiral with sin and as we all can see it is picking up speed as it goes. America, as a nation considers its self to be  civilized, and educated, but the truth is she is spiritually dead.

And this is just scratching the surface. So with America embracing evil and shunning good, is it any wonder we have so many problems today? How could we have so quickly changed from a nation embracing God and morality to a country literally begging to be destroyed by sins that are being called good? The scripture at the top of this article needs to be repeated “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

 

America – The Falling Away

In my seventy years of life, churchgoing, in America, has declined and also has started to deteriorate in America; the family no longer goes to church as a family unit. There was a saying; the family that prays together stays together and I submit also the family that goes to church together stays together. I have noticed over my lifetime that families went from going to church together to the parents just sending their children to church, to not sending them at all. It is a shame and a disgrace when a child, is asked, does not know who Jesus is. I’m glad that I was raise in church by a mother and father who went with me. I’m proud that at a early age I was shown the way. That “Way” went from my parents to me, to my children, and now their children. Sad to say this “Way” is on the decline in America. With this decline comes the decay of our great country. It is so sad. My heart aches.

How Godly was our country? A lot of our country’s laws that were based on faith no longer apply. As we look back on them today most people and even some Christians laugh at these laws and there is nothing that is Holy unto the Lord anymore. Many faith-based laws have ended. For example, it’s no longer a crime for stores to open on the Sabbath. It’s no longer illegal to buy a lottery ticket or a cocktail or a magazine showing nudity. Mandatory prayer was removed from public schools. The little lamb could not come to school anymore. Police, shootings, drugs, and many other things have replaced the lamb.

Desperate women and girls were allowed to end unwanted pregnancies because the law against abortion is no more. Murdering babies in the mother’s womb are the norm for today. Gays were allowed to elude prison, and finally allowed to marry, even parade down the street defying God. The White House was lit up in rainbow colors honoring homosexuals; Birth control was legalized for all couples. It’s no longer a crime for unwed couples to live together. It’s no longer a crime for movies and books to present sex in the rawest form. Teaching of evolution is allowed in public school biology classes. And now we have the Muslim religion trying to dominate our country. Churches now send the helpless, the ones in need of spiritual help to psychologist to solve their problems instead of the pastor doing his part. Nothing manmade such as psychology will ever solve spiritual problems. It is only what Christ did at the cross that will solve man’s problems. No wonder so many young people are leaving churches.

A new report, just out, says that Americans who say their religion is “none” have become the largest segment in the United States. They now constitute 25 percent of adults, compared to 21 percent who are Catholic and 16 percent who are evangelical. The secular tide is sure to rise, because 39 percent of adults under 30 have no church affiliation. (This is because they were never carried to church or taught at home about the Lord Jesus Christ.)

The falling away of our Christian faith has been “swift and dramatic”, in recent decades.  Protestants, Catholics and finally evangelicals are falling away. Southern Baptists lost 200,000 members in 2014, then another 200,000 in 2015.

I leave the reader with what I am going to do and I hope that you will do; AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.