You Are My Lord
Psalm 16:1-3 ESV
“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.’”
“As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.”
How many of us can honestly say that God, that Jesus Christ is our Lord (owner-master) and that we have no other gods (idols) before him? Does he have control over our lives? Or, are we still living under the control of the flesh?
And, how many of us can say we truly have no good apart from him? Do we truly accept that, apart from Christ living within us and living his life out through us, there is no good in us? (Rom 3:23)
Now, regarding “saints,” this is not speaking of dead people who were given sainthood after death. This is speaking of those who are living holy lives unto Jesus Christ, by God’s grace, through faith, via dying with Christ daily to sin and by living to Christ daily and to his righteousness in the power of God and in submission to the Lordship of Christ (1 Co 1:2; Eph 1:1).
For, the word “saint” means “holy.” It means to be set apart by and for God and to be separate (unlike, different) from the world because we are being made (transformed) into the likeness (image, nature, character) of Christ.
It also means we are living pure lives, holy and pleasing to the Lord. We are no longer conformed to the ways of this sinful world. We are no longer walking in impurity, but we are living morally pure lives, by God’s grace. We are walking in obedience to our Lord, and we are no longer conformed to the evil desires we had previously.
[Rom 12:1-2; Eph 1:3-4; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Thess 4:7; 2 Tim 1:9-10; 1 Pet 1:13-16; 1 Pet 2:4-5; 2 Pet. 3:10-12]
Who Run After Another god
Psalm 16:4 ESV
“The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.”
I have been listening to people talk on various websites, and on social media, and in person, and within “churches” over many years.
Especially in more recent years, from my personal observations, there has been a massive decline in the number of people who truly are walking with the Lord in holiness and in purity of devotion to Jesus Christ, who truly are submitting themselves daily to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and who are daily dying to sin and living to God and to his righteousness, in the power of God’s Spirit living within them.
And, I find that this is predominantly true among males, who are supposed to be our spiritual leaders in the home and in the church. I don’t know of any man who confesses Christ as Lord of his life who is living in moral purity. I am not saying there aren’t any, just that I don’t know of any, and very few are even professing that they are living in moral purity.
So, where does that leave the church? Statistics have it that as much as 75% of Christian men and at least 35% to 65% of pastors frequent or occasionally view pornography, at least here in America, with a growing number of women joining them, and many children, too. So, how can this be?
Who is responsible for the spiritual leadership in the church and in the home? The men. This is not saying that women bear no responsibility, but they are not the ones God assigned to leadership roles in the church and in the home. They are not the ones responsible for the spiritual growth and development and discipline of Christ’s body, the true church. Men are!
So, again, where does this leave the church? The shepherds are largely deserting their flocks, not necessarily physically, but spiritually and morally. And, so the sheep are left to wander with no human (male) to lead them. Largely Christian men are spiritually AWOL, primarily because of porn, but not solely, and so marriages and families are left to suffer, too.
So, if you were God, what would you do to rescue your sheep? They need someone to tell them the truth, who is also living the truth. So, who do you send to the people to tell them the truth if the men are not willing? Think about that. Let it sink in.
God will not accept the offerings of those who desert the flock.
Scriptures says, “But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” Lu 19:40 NASB
The men have largely become silent on moral and spiritual growth issues, and on the issues of repentance and obedient faith in Jesus Christ. And, even if they do happen to teach the truth, which many are not, some of them I have heard say things which clearly indicate that they are not living in moral purity, but that they are still walking according to the flesh.
I heard one pastor say just recently, “I sin MUCH every day.” And, yet he was busy hypocritically and arrogantly chiding a man for being in an adulterous relationship with someone with whom he was not married, as well as he was mocking a prominent woman of God who teaches the truth of Scripture, as far as I can tell, because she accepted an invitation to speak at the gathering of an institutional church (not the true church).
The Lord is My Portion
Psalm 16:5-8 ESV
“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
“I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
There are many Pharisees out there who are trying to silence women from sharing the truths of God’s word, even if they are doing so under the headship of a male pastor, if men are sitting in the room listening to them.
But, let’s look at this from God’s vantage point. If you are God, which none of us are, obviously, and you need to get out your true gospel to people, including many people who profess a false faith in Jesus Christ, who are you going to get to take your message to the people?
Most of the men are addicted to the lusts of the flesh, or at least they are going there frequently, and so most of them have, thus, diluted the gospel of Christ in order to appease their own flesh and consciences, and also to attract the world to the gatherings of what is falsely called “church,” but is really businesses of men marketed just like any other business of men.
So, the Lord is going to call those for whom the Lord is their chosen portion and cup, who love the Lord, and who love his word more than anything else other than God. He is going to call those who are listening to his counsel, and who are walking in his love and in his holiness and righteousness.
If there are not enough men to “fill the bill,” he is going to call women to do the job. Remember who Jesus first sent with the message that he had risen from the dead? Women! And to whom did he send them with the message from God? Men! And, the woman at the well. Did Jesus know she was going to take the message he had given to her to men? Most certainly!
So, what happened as a result of these women taking the messages the Lord had given them to these men? They believed! Amen!
And, isn’t that the real goal here? If God can send a donkey to speak to a false prophet his message, certainly he can send women with his messages when those who are supposed to be doing it (the men) are not doing it.
So, men, whoever you may be, don’t be hypocrites. Don’t walk in sin and neglect the spiritual growth of your church and family and then rebuke a woman for obeying the Lord because she is speaking God’s messages out in public where men can hear what she has to say.
Praise God that there are women for whom the Lord is their chosen portion and cup and who are listening to and obeying the counsel of the Lord, and who are listening to his instructions, and who are taking his messages out in the public where both men and women can hear them.
May God be glorified, and may many people come to salvation from their bondage to sin and may many who are now wandering from the faith return to their Lord! Amen!
Enough for My God
By G. M. Eldridge
In God is the light, the brightest day.
He taught me to walk the narrow way,
Yet still I chose the path that was broad:
O, how could I be enough for my God?
With mercy so sweet, He led me along.
He held my hand, and gave me a song,
Yet still I sinned, a shameful fraud:
O, how could I be enough for my God?
I never had dreamed the day I’d see
the Son of God, who died for me,
Yet here by His side, I stand in awe:
Washed by His blood, enough for my God.
And who could forgive all the sins and the flaws?
O, how could I be enough for my God?
But gently He’ll lead by staff and by rod,
And help me to be enough for my God.
I just want to be Enough for You, God!
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