The Victorious Christian Life

My son, Pastor Caleb McKenzie, preached a powerful message on The Victorious Christian life May 9, 2018. If you can get a copy of the message, you should. His message, based on the book of Joshua, outlines three steps to victory:

  • Put away your past
  • Put your trust in God
  • Put yourself on God’s side

Luke 20:22 Authority

The issue of authority was big then as it is now. In our day people are taught to question authority. I suppose it has never been that much different. But that authority is a necessary element of civilized people is obvious to all but the basest of anarchists. The origin of authority is varied:

There is enforced authority
Such as that of the police; the authority is demanded because of a badge. Sometimes the man with this authority is as guilty as those he may be policing. His own integrity has little to do with his authority. In some instances to challenge his authority is in itself a crime.

There is inherited authority
Such as belongs to a military officer whose authority is the result of an education and commission.

There is earned authority
When a man has proven himself a leader and those who may have at first followed out of duty begin to follow out of devotion.

There is voluntary authority
When people follow a man because they believe in his cause or His message.

The highest of all authority is that which is given by God
It is seldom (except in the case of government which is ordained of God) forced upon its subjects.

 

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America, the Land of Liberty

Everywhere we look these days it seems like there is someone else screaming about the injustices of the United States.

  • We were terrible to the blacks
  • We were terrible to the native Americans 
  • We were terrible to the poor
  • We were terrible to the Chinese 

Turns out Columbus was a bad person. So was, the way many tell it today, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. Oh forget it! It’s useless trying to name all the scum that has surfaced in the history of the US.

But I listened to the final episode of a podcast called Revolutions. The host did not publicly note the significance of this, but he did remark that, in 1848, at the bitter end of all the world revolutions of that year, all of those failed revolutionaries fled for their lives to, you guessed it, the United States.

Truth be told they weren’t the only ones making their way to America. They came from Spain, France, Russia, Ireland, Germany. Name the place, name the culture, name the race creed or religion and you will find people from them who came here for a better life.

Did it work out for everyone? Of course not. Success in life is not guaranteed by governments, no matter how beneficent. But they did come and they did have a chance and many more of them than not did improved their place over where they had been.

No one has ever claimed the earliest people in our country were perfect. But I for one am still thankful for the country they created and I am thankful to be a part of it.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation under God, indivisible
With liberty and justice for all”

Ezra 4:12 Just That Bad

Bad is nondescript.

It is a negative without any definitive reason. It’s a word that is used when we can’t think of anything more specific to say.

 

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Predisposed Faith

 

Here’s the thing, there is nothing in the Bible that has ever been scientifically proven to be false. Nothing. 

  • Not archeologically 
  • Not anthropologically
  • Not historically 

Nothing 

Not even evolution. Though evolution is almost universally accepted in the scientific community there is a great deal of disagreement in evolutionary theory. That is, as much as the atheist and agnostic hates to admit it, because there is no scientific proof for it. No one has ever observed or replicated an evolutionary process. 

Luke 24:1-4 The Early Bird

They say that the early bird catches the worm.

The Bible says these women came to the sepulchre of Jesus “very early in the morning.” Not just early, I would have still respected that, but very early.

 

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TROUBLE WITH BAPTIST HISTORY

English Baptists, along with most of the British Isles, had a distasteful view of the Anabaptists. It seems obvious to me that their view was because of the tainted representation they had received from the Catholics and more recently the continental

Protestants who had long experience with them. Theirs was almost a cultural disgust of the Anabaptists. They had refused to accept the authority of the baptisms of the Catholic and Protestant churches for centuries. That they had always existed was not contested. What was contested was whether they were a unifying factor within all of Christendom. Anabaptists had always been schismatic in their view, insisting on a different sort of church than mainstream Christianity had ever held. Anabaptists had also been noted for their insistence on a different sort of Christianity. They preached a converting kind of faith. They preached that those who were believers were to be born again and that this new birth would result in a growing sanctification and a life of purity. This tenacious distinction between the Anabaptists and the catholic church, whether the Roman version or the Protestant one, had given the world of Christendom a bad taste for the Anabaptists.

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Thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.
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Do You Have a Heart For God?

How often is it that we worship God but will not be confined to those things He teaches us in the Bible! I think I see it more often now than at any other time in my Christian life.

  • People who claim faith but reject church
  • People who claim faith but challenge doctrine
  • People who claim faith but question the Bible
  • People who claim faith but also embrace worldly philosophies
  • People who claim to be saved but also to be agnostics or even atheists

The Bible calls this out for what it is; they have not prepared their hearts unto the Lord.

Whatever else may be true of them, they do not have a heart for God.

To my listeners
Thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.
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Many Americans Prefer A “Higher Power”

A recent article in Huffington Post is entitled, Many Americans Prefer A ‘Higher Power’ To The God Of The Bible, Study Finds. 

It goes on to say that only 10 percent of Americans do not believe in some sort of spiritual force. It’s just that they don’t want to believe He is the God who is described in the Bible.  

I admit, many of those who reject the God of the Bible have an incorrect understanding of who God is. Some of them have rejected not the God of the Bible but a misunderstanding of the God of the Bible. Some have not rejected the God of the Bible but their own perceived terms of how a person comes to know that God. 

The article claims that this belief in something bigger exists even among atheists agnostics and “nothing in particulars.” (I kid you not. That is the title of this third group. Pew Research has labeled them, “Nones.”) They believe in a higher power but “a new study from the Pew Research Center shows that for a significant number of Americans, “God” is not the God of the Bible.”

Here is the thing. None of them can provide any evidence for what they believe. The God of the Bible, on the other hand, has provided that evidence in the Bible and proven it to be true through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is so much intrinsic and extrinsic evidence that the record of the Bible is true that it requires far more faith to discount it than to believe it. The key to all of this is that faith is something passed to us. We don’t just have it. 

The faith of the born again Christian was given to Him by God

The faith of the atheist, agnostic and “nothing in particular” he got his faith from some other “nothing in particular.”

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ae214d4e4b055fd7fc9af65

 

To my listeners
Thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.
For more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.
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The Fire From Heaven

The Bible says that after Solomon’s prayer the fire came down from heaven. Not just a fire, but the fire.

Perhaps this heartens back to Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

This was “a fire” from the Lord. It was their first experience with it. By this time, however, they were familiar with that fire that came from God.

  • It was not a man made fire
  • It was not a natural fire

This was the fire, the same fire they had known before.

  • God demonstrated it first In Leviticus 9.
  • David witnessed it at the alter in 1 Chronicles 21. 
  • Elijah called it down in 1 Kings 18

The great need of our hour is the fire from heaven. We have seen churches aflame with an emotional fire stirred up by the hand of men. We have witnessed revivals of church attendance brought on by events such as great storms or terrible acts against our country. What we need most desperately is a revival directly from heaven. And I am sure, when we see it, we will know it.

 

To my listeners
Thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.
For more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.
If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.
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