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In yesterday's post, Two Responses to the Son, using the example of the two criminals who hung beside Jesus at Calvary, I exhorted you to examine yourself, as to whether you are kissing the Son or not (Psalm 2). Following up on that post, here's the testimony of Charo Washer, Paul Washer's wife. For years and years, Charo Washer thought she was a Christian and she thought she was saved, but for years and years, she remain deceived...
"... I remember hearing Paul... when he was preaching, he had been preaching on 'How do you know if you're a Christian', and every time he preached that I would squirm in my seat, because it was like, "How do I just go through this test and feel okay at the end," because every time it would just make me cringe, it's like, "I'm not passing, and if I'm passing, I'm barely passing." And then all of a sudden I'm thinking, "Wait a minute, you either do pass these tests of 1 John, or you don't. You don't barely make it like you're barely making a D."
Are you telling yourself, "Peace, peace," or are others telling you, "Peace, peace," when in reality, there is NO peace (Jeremiah 6:14)?
Jeremiah 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Jeremiah 6:14-16 They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,” says the LORD. Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
I Samuel 16:7b For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
May God be merciful and kind to us. May He give us grace to examine ourselves rightly, so we might see ourselves as He sees us, and see our hearts as He sees them, and then may He lead us to repentance, so we might not persist in walking after the imagination of our own evil hearts, but walk in His good way.
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Jeremiah 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke:turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. 19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. (KJV)
I thought you weren't a fan of the Paul Washer? Anyway it illustrates your point. I feel that everyday I have to continually be preaching the Gospel to myself before anyone else. It's easy to neglect such a grand privilege we have.
@llamalima - "It's easy to neglect such a grand privilege we have." Yes! Far too easy! There are warnings about that throughout the whole Bible. We're to be diligent to make our calling and election sure, and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?...
O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
~ Robert Robinson
(Re: Paul Washer - the primary thing I didn't care for was Washer's style of presentation. I've not listened to or watched that much of him, but I've really come appreciate him. He's a Christian who is fervent in spirit (Rom. 12:11). The word for fervent means boiling. We need more people who are filled with the Spirit and boiling over like that. So much of the visible church today resembles the church at Laodicea: lukewarm.)