Where Do You Stand?
We have been watching on YouTube, Keswick Ministries, which is a convention that has been going since 1875, together with ministers from the Word of God through Bible Study, song and prayer. It started this year on 17th July and continued until 6th August. You could download the morning seminars, morning Bible study celebrations and evening worship from their site or YouTube free.
One message that particularly struck us was Rico Tice’s evening message on 28th July. It was about John the Baptist, his mission as the fore running of Jesus’ ministry. Zechariah, his father, puts it like this in Luke 1 verses 76-79:
“And you my child will be called a prophet of the Most High for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of sins because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
John’s message to the people was about Jesus “The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1 verse 29. He was speaking about the peoples’ need to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of their sin, foretelling of Jesus’ death upon the cross for our sin, our need to repent and ask for forgiveness, to receive him as Lord and Saviour.
Jesus spoke to the crowd in Luke 7 verses 24-26 about John asking them “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?”
John was no ‘reed’, never swayed by the wind, never bowed to the pressure of King Herod or his wife’s desire to have him killed. He spoke and lived out the truth of what he said and believed and was imprisoned for it. John was a man who didn’t shy away from the truth but stood firm for it. Even until his own death he was called for by Herod’s wife, so he was beheaded by Herod.
The challenge to stand firm comes louder to Christians daily. We need to examine ourselves before God as to how we will deal with these challenges. Romans 12 verses 1-2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good pleasing and perfect will”.
How do we do that verse that says “I urge you brothers and sisters in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices Holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship”.
Will you stand on the word of truth regardless of the cost? John was bringing the truth to ‘those living in darkness’ so that they could ‘see the rising sun’, the Lord Jesus and repent and be saved.
Do you stand on the truth of Acts 4 verse 12 “Salvation is found in no-one else for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved?”
We pray you do.
God bless you all.