Wednesday Testimony- David Brainerd

The following excerpt is from the Life and Diary of David Brainerd, which I hope to review for you tomorrow, beloved. This is the testimony of how one lost wretch, working day and night to earn his salvation, was found by the grace of the sovereign God.

“I knew that I never had seen before any thing comparable to it for excellency and beauty; it was widely different from all the conceptions that ever I had of God, or things divine. I had no particular apprehension of any one person in the Trinity, either the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost; but it appeared to be divine glory. My soul rejoiced with joy unspeakable, to see such a God, such a glorious Divine Being; and I was inwardly pleased and satisfied that he should be God over all for ever and ever. My soul was so captivated and delighted with the excellency, loveliness, greatness, and other perfections of God, that I was even swallowed up in him; at least to that degree, that I had no thought (as I remember) at first about my own salvation, and scarce reflected there was such a creature as myself.

Thus God, I trust, brought me to a hearty disposition to exalt him, and set him on the throne, and principally and ultimately to aim at his honor and glory, as King of the universe. I continued in this state of inward joy, peace, and astonishment, till near dark, without any sensible abatement; and then began to think and examine what I had seen; and felt sweetly composed in my mind all the evening following. I felt myself in a new world, and every thing about me appeared with a different aspect from what it was wont to do. At this time, the way of salvation opened to me with such infinite wisdom, suitableness, and excellency, that I wondered I should ever think of any other way of salvation; was amazed that I had not dropped my own contrivances, and complied with this lovely, blessed, and excellent way before.If I could have been saved by my own duties, or any other way that I had formerly contrived, my whole soul would now have refused it. I wondered that all the world did not see and comply with this way of salvation, entirely by the righteousness of Christ.

David Brainerd’s testimony is one that is very similar to many of ours, dear friends. Once we knew there was certainly a God, and that we would be held accountable to Him on judgment day, we set forth in attempting to earn His forgiveness. I confess I did a very bad job of this, before getting saved. It was laughable to have assumed the little effort I put into it would have saved me. Then again, it’s laughable to think any effort can save. Brethren, we all now know and see, owing to the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, that salvation can come only by grace alone. We are not saved by merit, good works, obedience to the law, speaking in tongues, or sacraments. We are saved by faith in Christ Jesus, because of the grace of a just and loving God.

Friend, if your reading this and have never experienced what Brainerd described, I implore you to work through your salvation through fear and trembling. Today is the day of salvation! We have sinned against an infinite God, thus our due judgment is infinite. The Good News of the Gospel is that God became man, lived a sinless life, died in our place, had the wrath of God poured out on Himself, rose from the dead for our justification, and is now making intercession for us in heaven. Repent of your sins, place your trust in Christ alone, flee from the wrath to come.

As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VII

We are in month six, dear friends, in our series through the miracle of life! This is going to be a good one, beloved, as this is the month when the brain begins to develop quickly. Hair is beginning to grow, eyelids form, and the beautiful life made in the image of God will open its eyes for the first time.

I want to focus on the brain development today, brethren, as it’s tied into part VI in an interesting way. Last week we discussed the heart and lungs developing in the fifth month. How does that tie into the development of the brain? Electricity! You see the same pattern in the way our ears pick up a sound, with electrical signals. The heart pumps blood with electrical signals, which push the blood cells to the lungs to be oxygenated. The brain uses electrical signals, as you’ll see in this video clip…

Isn’t that amazing? Did you see my favorite character rock the show in that clip? Yup, that’s right friends, motor proteins are busy at work in all 8 billion brains cells right now moving the needed protein to allow the synapses to function. Our bodies are wonderfully made, connected by the Creator in a symphony of design.

Why is the brain development so important to our series? The brain is a complex organ that we’re just beginning to understand. Everything we learn about the brain flies in the face of evolutionism. In fact, Darwin himself said that if things were complex evolution could not be true. Irreducible complexity does not begin to describe the brain, but as you see in the clip above if one tiny portion of the brain cell ceases to function according to its purpose the end result is detrimental. That means for the brain to ‘evolve’ it needs to do so with all working elements at the same time.

The brain, while increasingly developing during pregnancy, continues to develop into our mid to late twenties. What tells the cells in a miniature baby’s body to form brain cells? Everything needed for life can be found in a tiny book, in the center of a microscopic cell, our DNA. It’s irrational to think that a book can be written without a writer. It’s even more irrational to think our DNA, the most intricate system of information on our planet, was written by chance.

There is one last miracle I want to discuss in regards to this particular month of pregnancy. Many of you know my husband is a Respiratory Therapist, and often works in the NICU. Due to his work, he has personally been in the delivery of, and apart of the team that cares for, premature babies born at 24 weeks. He has done these dozens of times and has never lost a baby yet. We are blessed to live in a time of such medical advancements, especially as our genetic codes continue to devolve as quickly as they are.

Beloved friends, we have so much to thank God for! He is truly deserving of all the praise, and honor, and glory! Let us be good Berean’s and study to show ourselves approved.

Hymns from the Past – Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands

I think this might be the first hymn I’ve written about that Charles Spurgeon wrote. I hope you enjoy this, beloved, and have a wonderful day of fellowship, growing in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord, Christ Jesus.

Amidst us our Beloved stands,
and bids us view His pierced hands;
points to the wounded feet and side,
blest emblems of the Crucified.

What food luxurious loads the board,
when, at His table, sits the Lord!
The cup how rich, the bread how sweet,
when Jesus deigns the guests to meet!

If now, with eyes defiled and dim,
we see the signs, but see not Him;
O may His love the scales displace,
and bid us see Him face to face!

Our former transports we recount,
when with Him in the holy mount:
these cause our souls to thirst anew
His marred but lovely face to view.

Grace

A while back I wrote about what we deserve, which is judgment and condemnation for our sins against a thrice holy God. Today I want to talk about what the believer receives, instead of what we deserve. Grace.

Grace. It’s become such a common word, thrown about, that we lose the gravity of it. The very topic of Gods grace is so grand that I am almost without words. I’ve gone over and over this all day yesterday and today, in my mind, trying to figure out how to put into words how inconceivable it is that we receive grace from God.

We live in a world that glorifies relativeness. To the lost, grace might mean many different things. In reality, Gods grace is an absolute truth. Not just my absolute, or Christianity’s absolute, but literally, biblically, factually an absolute truth. It is only by Gods grace that we live, and breathe, and have our being.

I have the joy, and honor, dear friends, to daily glean from your wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Christ Jesus. What a privilege that is! It is by the grace of God that we are able to fellowship together. I thank God constantly in my prayers for you all, for your faithfulness in bringing truth to the lost, light to the darkness. I know I have clumsily presented grace today, my greatest hope is that in my weakness Gods strength will shine through.

As we head into another weekend, filled with tasks, chores, errands, and for some more work, I pray we do so with our eyes fixed securely on the one who saves, Jesus Christ. For while we were yet sinners, He came and laid down His life, taking on the judgment for our sins, as the final guilt offering. Beloved friends we did not deserve this. It is only by Gods grace that we are saved, through faith in Christ alone! Surely this great God is worthy of our full attention, of our complete worship, of all honor and glory ever and ever, amen! This much, from us all, for all eternity, will not be enough to sufficiently thank Him for His grace. So therefor, dearest brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – John Newton

Sunday I posted a hymn by John Newton (1725-1807), and realized that I hadn’t written about his testimony yet. Most know Amazing Grace, but how many of us know the tremendous weight behind the words? When you hear the story you’ll never sing the song lightly again.

John Newtons mother was a Puritan, who taught him scriptures, until she died when he was 7. His father, who was a sea captain, remarried and Newton fell into bad company. His Christian learning stopped, and if not by the grace of God, it all would have been lossed.


His life was plagued by near death experiences, each one leading him to attempt a life of piety only to lapse into more wickedness than before. He eventually became a slave trader, professing there was nothing after life, no God, no eternity. 

His last close call with death came during a storm at sea, when he was heading up to the top deck and someone called down for him to go find a knife. He did, but the man who went up in his place was immediately swept out to sea. The storm raged on, the ship was tossed too and fro for four weeks. Newton entered that ship a lost, blind, wretch. He left it a new creation in Jesus Christ!


From slave trader to preacher…John Newton was saved by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Newton’s testimony is prescious to those of us with lost loved ones who seem too far gone to turn. Those who have been forgiven much, love much. I pray the Lord will encourage you all today, dear brethren, with the story and song Amazing Grace! As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday’s – Saved From What?

I don’t know if any of you have seen, and I certainly would not recommend you watch, a show called ‘Lucifer’. I’ve only seen the commercials, which are blasphemous enough on their own to warrant a believer never watch the show.

I stopped watching cable TV when I got saved. I could sit here and tell you that there is a hyper-spiritual reason for shutting off the heretical, and often times blasphemous, cable shows, but there’s not. I stopped watching cable because tablets, phones, and now TV’s have access to YouTube and YouTube has access to all my favorite preachers and teachers. I have developed an intolerance for regular television programming over the past two years. *cough ten minutes of commercials cough*

Most of the time, if the cable is on, there is some type of baseball or football on. The other day the same commercial for Lucifer kept playing at each break, and it reminded me of a subject I meant to write about. What are we saved from? A while ago I addressed the confusion surrounding who was in charge. This is closely related and seems to be a misconception formed in the same way. Most people have a view of Satan and Hell created for them by media or cartoons.


This caricature theology gives the impression that Satan is king of Hell and God sent His Son to save us from Satan’s wrath. That is blasphemously incorrect. As we discussed in a previous post, God is sovereign over Heaven, Earth, and Hell. This is His creation. He writes the rules, like it or not. We are not saved from Satan’s wrath, God sent Christ Jesus to die in our place, as a guilt offering, to pay our sin debt…to rescue us from His own wrath. God is angry at sin every day, beloved. On Judgement Day Gods wrath will be poured out on the wicked, that includes Satan.


God is all His attributes all the time, He is not sometimes loving and sometimes just. He is always loving, and always just. Brother Paul Washer explains it like this “if you love the Jews, you hate the Holocaust. If you love children, you hate abortion.” It’s the same way with God, because He is a God of love, and He loves justice and righteousness, He hates sin.

It seems Hollywood constantly feels the need to redeem evil, whether it be a certain sin or Satan himself. They make evil good and good evil. This show, Lucifer, is a prime example but you can really see it in most shows and movies. This is happening because the church has allowed Hollywood to define these terms for decades. Why? Because most pastors just want to preach the feel-good stuff. They don’t want to lose members by being too controversial. This priority of church growth is utter nonsense, Christ Himself warned the lost about hell. Souls should be the priority!

You may not like Gods sovereignty, but that does not make Him any less sovereign. We have not sinned against man, or against an angel, but against the Most High. It is to Him we will answer for those sins, as the wages of sin is death, and the gift of God is eternal life. On judgment day, dear brethren, we will stand before His mighty throne, forgiven of our sins and washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. The lost will stand condemned, and because of this, we need to love them enough to warn them. We need to love them enough to speak truth to a darkened world, even if that truth is as hard to hear as it is to say. And as always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VI

It’s finally here, beloved brethren, I have finally found an excuse to gush over Gods creative design of the heart and lungs! As you’ll remember if you’ve been reading this series every Monday, we made it to the second trimester of pregnancy last week in our review of Gods amazing work within the miracle of life. We’re now in month 5, which is when the babies organs begin to mature. Today we’re going to primarily discuss the heart and lungs.


I have some technical clips for you to stress the intricacies of Gods design. You’re not in school, beloved, don’t worry about all the terms. These clips are computer models, and they’re very well done. They do an excellent job of showing what’s happening on a cellular level as well as on a full scale. I promise you’ll be blessed…here is the first one on the lungs…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kacMYexDgHg

During the second trimester, when the babies lungs are developing, the baby will begin taking practice breaths. It’s amazing to recall that this is all happening within the baby because of God’s sovereign will. The miracle of human life can not be explained by evolutionary scientists because they’re starting with a false assumption. Can we have evolved from single-celled organisms into the intricate creature you’ve seen forming over these past view weeks in this series? Statistically, no. In fact, statistically, the universe forming out of nothing is impossible, nothing we see should be happening, much less the beautiful creation of a human being in the womb.


An interesting, recent, discovery involving the lungs has been the realization that blood forms within them. Previously it was thought blood formed in the bones, now we know that nearly half the blood in the body forms in the lungs. God’s creation is so complex that we’re still learning all the designs. The next video clip is on the heart, it doesn’t go into as much detail as the lung video but it does show the electricity which is what I wanted to discuss in regards to the heart.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=16s&v=wvl6uPChAl4

The little heart forming in the baby has been taking practice beats from the moment it began forming. When the muscle cells inside the babies heart begin to contract it sets off a chain reaction, which continues until the brain develops enough to start controlling the contractions. What starts the electrical impulse? Where does the information for a heart to beat come from? The DNA has all the information our bodies need to form from the beginning of conception. Where there is information, there is an intelligent writer, where there is design, there is an intelligent designer.


Why is the sinful man without excuse on judgment day? Because we’re made in God’s image, and the very evidence of His being is found within us. Our generation has more knowledge of God design than any before us, and what do they all stand and say? “The intelligent designer was an alien, they came and seeded this planet with life.” Or “We’re all Martians, we came from bacteria on Mars.” Wow. Dear ones, have you ever been told that we believe in pie in the sky? Or fairy tales? I certainly have…and yet the person who knows the truth of God yet suppresses it in unrighteousness comes up with some of the most far-fetched ideas of how life began. Why are they more willing to believe in aliens than in God? Because they are not going to be held accountable to aliens, or bacteria from Mars. The question naturally has to be asked though, if we came from aliens or bacteria who created them? Who ‘seeded’ their planet?

Beloved friends, God is the ultimate judge and creator, we are His creation and He will hold us accountable. He has given us life, and then, through His Son Jesus Christ, eternal life. The one who is able to begin a heartbeat, breathe in the lungs, is worthy of all honor and glory, and praise! So be good Berean’s, dear brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.