Sunday, June 5th, 2022. The 156th day of the year. 7:53 PM.
The world sees darkly because it is in the spiritual darkness of unbelief.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and the people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” -John 3:19-21. ESV Study Bible.
I Won’t Let Go – (Lyrics With Bible Verse) Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts – I Won’t Let Go (Official Video)
An example of how the world in spiritual darkness sees things amiss.
The world calls it “a broken heart;” however, it is actually something wonderful and filled with promise – like the birth of a child. It is very painful to the mother in labor – and even her baby cries; however, after the birth of the human being her pain is gone; and she has a feeling of fulfillment that she has brought a human child into the world.
A seed – perhaps an acorn – falls to the ground. Perhaps only a squirrel sees any value in that hard nut laying on the ground under Mother Oak’s great branches. It probably looks sad to people of the world if they even notice it at all. It has fallen out of its mother’s arms and is now like an orphan child. All alone in the world. However, if it is blessed — left in peace and quiet and protected — it just may sprout; after it cracks open and looks like it’s broken, a little sprout may come out and begin to see the light of day for the first time in its life; and it may also put a tiny root into Mother Earth and become reconnected to its new Mother; its life-giving Mother who will nurture her new child with life-giving water and nutrients from the soil.
People who have the Light of Christ by being born again by the grace of God and the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and enjoy the help of the Helper Whom Christ sends into the heart of those who believe in Him [the Holy Spirit] begin to see things that the unborn again can’t see and don’t even care to see – because their hearts are not blessed with the tender loving Spirit of God, yet. They are still in a callous state of heart and mind and soul and spirit. Their heart is not yet circumcised. They are only natural – not spiritual, yet. They are still in “the acorn on the ground” state of being; a dormant state of being. They do not yet have a clue about their potential – if only they will hear the gospel, and believe it; and call upon the Lord Jesus for salvation; and then receive His Holy Spirit; and thus become born again, a child of God . . . beginning a new life in Christ that will eventually become a glorious new creation – a son of God – if they continue in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord; and continue to learn of Him and grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” -Romans 1:17. NIV Study Bible.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” -Hebrews 11:6. ESV Study Bible.
“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” -John 3:12-15. ESV Study Bible.
Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord
Open the Eyes of My Heart
Here I am to Worship – Chris Tomlin with lyrics
The world mistakenly thinks that politics can be made to do the right things for the people and their country.
Only True God and His coming kingdom will make things right. Only those who truly believe in Him – not in the world – not in themselves – not in the flesh – not in the false god of this world – but in Him, the Lord and Savior of all men, especially believers, will be there – enjoying the new heavens and the new earth that He Alone will bring to His children who are born again by His grace and His faith and His hope and His only begotten Son – the Son of God – He is True God and eternal life. [see 1 John 5 ESV].
It is because the world sees darkly that it loves guns and abortion and war and money and power and politics and worldly false religion and pride. It doesn’t believe in the Living God and His Holy Scriptures.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:14-16. ESV Study Bible.
At the time of the Titanic – that luxurious ship on her maiden and only voyage –
It was only those who got into the humble lifeboats and waited to be rescued who were saved.
Those who in pride stayed with the doomed ship went down with her.
In the Book of Revelation, the world system is represented by Babylon the great prostitute. And in Revelation 18, a voice from heaven says, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” -Revelation 18:4a, 5.
Revelation 18, 19
BAD NEWS FOR GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD NEWS FOR BAD PEOPLE
GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)
“At that time Jesus declared, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’” -Matthew 11:25-30. ESV Study Bible.
REVIVAL IN BELFAST | Robin Mark  [FULL DISC – HQ]
ESV Study Bible
“The New Life”
“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not they way you learned Christ! — assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:17-32. ESV Study Bible.
Ephesians 1-6 ESV.
Neil Diamond – Coming to America
“For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” -Hebrews 11:14-16. ESV Study Bible.