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Prayer And Thoughts For Shut-Ins
Christians need to remember to pray for those friends and acquaintances with illness that confines them at home, and for their Care-givers. As we were reminded one time by Praise And Prayer Alert: we should make a time to at least call those associated with our church fellowship to see how they are doing; keep them updated on events they might like to know about; offer to run a few errands for them; maybe offer to stay with a shut-in so their Care-giver might get time to go somewhere; etc.. There are many dear ones among us and everywhere, who are suffering diseases such as cancer, heart problems, MS, Parkinsons, mental problems, etc. God expects us to show care for these. They must not be neglected. [adapted from Praise & Prayer Alert at Bible Truth Publishers].
MEDITATIONS ON A RIGHT SPIRIT
Often we hear dear saints of God make reference to having a 'right spirit' within us (as David said in Psa. 51:10), and we might not be clear as to what that is. In the context it seems to be speaking there to one who knows God but has by neglect not been practicing a 'right spirit' (as the history shows), and at least wants to do better than just try to follow after some religious rules. It truly must speak to surrender of our will, and then obedience, conformity, faith, and honor to our Creator-God; and YIELDING TO HIS LEADING. It truly must apply to all of us today! Saints of God should know what a 'right spirit' is if they are serious Bible students, but we might miss some such fundamentals; and one who is not yet "born again" (as John 3 shows) may not compre-hend it all. Let us ponder it a little. --R.L.D.
It surely seems to be elementary to say we need a 'right spirit', but it appears to often be interpreted in various ways by people of the world, so perhaps we need to make sure it is understood as our God intends for us. Surely we must be in conformity to the Word of God, else it is meaningless for any righteous endeavor.
In pondering about the dangers of legalism and stumbling some saints, I have long thought that extremes in all things is not good. One way to help avoid this is to appreciate the three essentials of the Christian faith: REDEMPTION WAY; CHURCH TRUTH; SPIRITUAL LIFE; and valuing Bible-only as our authority. We need to be ever mindful in the Assembly of saints that while we believe we are on the ground of Bible-only (and that should be a universal truth), other saints may not appreciate this order. We should try to help all Christians see the value of this, but if they do not desire to embrace it, that will not affect their standing as real saints of God. We can only say: 'go in peace' if they do not want to be part of that fundamental of faith to obey an honor God ---rather than just preach a Gospel to ones. Perhaps they will later have a desire to be on that ground, for it must be a desire of heart. God can teach one if we at least make such truths known. There is a significant difference between ignorance and rebellion, and I do not want to be pressing one about things which one does not see. Church Truth is important after one has embraced the Gospel of Redemption; and Spiritual Life should ever be present in a "child of God". Let us always seek the good of all saints in a godly way in our standing, walk, and talk. --R. L. DeWitt: UD; 05/2020
REGARDS FOR ISRAEL
[Some Thoughts To Consider ]
The present country of Israel is generally not regarded well by some democratic nations of the world, though we might well expect the Islamic nations and tribes, and the Communists and other totalitarian countries, would not accept them. A few other countries are at least tolerant (perhaps to appease the USA, which stands generally with Israel, as does most professing Christian nations). Likely, no nation always agrees with actions of other nations. The so-called Christian nations, however, seem to have a responsibility before our Creator-God to be supportive of Israel, as the Bible shows, though they might not always like Israel's governmental actions. The fact is that the term: 'Christian' often only refers to a general concept, rather than true Christianity. - R. L. DeWitt: Ud; 01/2017; add 04/2021.
Professing Christian nations should help and be supportive of Israel, it appears to some of us, as they are yet God's 'covenant' people, and also embracing democracy --'people rule', as the Bible teaches, I believe; who will yet be restored in the future as God's earthly people to serve God, and the governing authority on earth under God in the 'Millennium' time to come, as shown in the Book of Revelation. They could not very well be defended when they were scattered in the world, but now as a nation in the land they conquered, some help can be provided such people as are there in that land; notwithstanding they are yet under discipline by God for a history of failures and a rebellious spirit toward worship; and nationally rejecting their Messiah ---even killing Him when He came to them, due to their rejection of what their own Prophets of old who told them about their hope and blessings in Christ. God will nevertheless hold Gentiles responsible for aid now to Israel, I see, and with hope that many of them in this day will yet come to receive their Messiah --the Lord Jesus --the "Christ of God", as Bible truth clearly shows. On a visit there mnay years ago this writer met a number of Israelites who are now Christians --even our guide.
Israel as a separated people of God on earth presently will repent in due time as prophecy declares, AFTER the present Church in Christ is called up to Heaven --as the Book of Revelation shows in such as Revelation 7 for a NEW people of Israel; All of mankind presently have that same privilege to come NOW; though many souls everywhere enjoy their own religious ideas or hold to no God at all.
Until that restoration day for Israel nationally for a new people, individual Israelites everywhere now MUST come to Christ in this present age to be saved for eternity (as with ALL people and religions). They are on the same ground as all Gentiles and need to have their souls saved now by receiving "Jesus, the Christ of God" as their Savior and Lord --noting John 3; John 14; Romans 8, etc.
About Christian regard for Israel, I believe Christian nations need to help and support Israel as God's covenant people, who will be restored as an earthly people and governing authority under God in the Millennium time to come. They could not very well be defended when they were scattered in the world, but now as a nation help can be provided such as are there. God will hold us responsible for aid.
The Bible clearly teaches this; notwithstanding that God has them under discipline today as a scattered people, who have rebelled ---are blinded, and are rejecting the grace of God in Jesus, the Christ, as the sacrifice for sin. Israel will repent in due time as prophecy shows; though until that restoration day nationally, individual Israelites everywhere must come to Christ in this present age to be saved (as with all religious ones). They are on the same ground as all Gentiles and need to have their souls saved now by the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ.
Certainly, in a godly and practical way, one might believe that Israel should recognize that the various Arabs in the nation of Israel ought to be treated properly and adequately at least, IF they are law-abiding and peaceful; and until they become real citizens and supportive and loyal to the government for full benefits. The Arabs dwelling outside of Israel seem to keep trying to infiltrate for harm and continually attack the Israelite citizens, which certainly is wrong on their part, as it would be in any nation.
This present animosity will all likely continue, I sadly believe, until the Lord Jesus returns in the future. He will then purify the earth, judge and restore delinquent Israelites as they confess Him, and establish His reign over God's earthly people of Israel; and God's heavenly people who are of the "Bride of Christ" --the Church.
Readers who have questions about this may write here to discuss it further. Look up always! -RLD.