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Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Sanctuary of GOD - Refuge, Rock, Salvation

Matthew 6:19-21  "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Philippians 3:8-9  "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:"

1 Timothy 6:5-11  "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."

The Sanctuary of GOD - Our Refuge, Rock and Salvation

Worldly forms of refuge can come with a price but no guarantee. However, Godly refuge was paid for on the cross.  "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Heb 13:8).  This a promise to you that GOD's WORD (CHRIST) never changes and there is nothing in this world that is as solid, true, pure and sure as our Rock and Salvation.  Learn to hear GOD's Voice by studying His Letter to you, the Bible.

The world is going to tell you in oh so many ways that you need to act secular, conform and go with the flow, because that's how things roll and how you get ahead... the way everyone seems to be doing it.  The world feels and even encourages that it's okay to put worldy success above GOD.  Even many so called Christians think that the ones with more worldly success are somehow more favored by our FATHER.  That's the wrong way of thinking and it shows just how caught up a person is in the ways of the world.  For a heathen, money can actually make matters worse.  Satan is subtle and extremely clever... if worldly wealth and comfort is enough to keep an individual from turning to GOD, thinking he doesn't need Him... then the enemy is successful.  That's not to say that you can't be successful and wealthy with GOD's blessings.

Everything of the world is temporary and to associate "great gain" with worldly things (awards, positions, material belongings, etc) is an illusion.  How is it truly gain if you cannot take it with you when you die?  Eventually, it will all deteriorate or transfer into another man's hands.  Everyday, as you make it your life's purpose to gain worldly riches and comfort, your physical body is getting older and your time is running out.  For example's sake, let's say you live another 30 years... start counting from today... that's less than 11,000 days.  It's not that long, is it?

You see, when you look at things through your spiritual eyes, you will see the reality of it all.  What are you chasing?  How many times will it take for you to learn that the more you chase that thing, the farther it gets away from you?  That's all part of the master deception and game.  Running after that piece of cheese, endlessly on a treadmill, spinning your wheels, with no real purpose besides the illusion of gain. So what kind of treasures do you want to build up? 

The evil one and those who eat out of his hands will repeatedly rub it in your face, through media, other folks or gossip, how worldly people get ahead and seem to prosper.  If you are standing outside of GOD's Sanctuary, you might be envious of the wicked and foolish, because you're not looking through a set of spiritual eyes, but with the flesh eyes.  Glory be to GOD our FATHER and the LORD JESUS CHRIST, that you will see their end when you are in the Sanctuary of the HOLY ONE.

Psalm 73
73 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

Mr baptist.