via TWO WAYS AND TWO DESTINIES; Psalm 1
We are confronted by imponderable situations that cause us to doubt and fear. Therefore we must walk the puzzling journey with Habakkuk seeking answers that we might be brought to the light of faith and understanding.
On leaving the fellowship and the peace of the Palace Beautiful, the pilgrim’s path now led Christian down a steep slope into a landscape dominated by two difficult and treacherous places named The Valley of Humiliation and The Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Nahum's prophecy, focuses upon the city of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire. In this regard Nineveh is a fitting illustration of all the Kingdoms in the world today with their bustling cities and their vast populations. Judgement day was on the horizon for Nineveh. So it is for this world of sin in which we live.
God’s will often leads us into places that the flesh finds to be most unpleasant. When called to stand alone for truth, to face opposition and criticism – the way is not easy. Yet this is the way that the Saviour himself took, our great inspiration
Micah along with the other prophets testified to a singular God, one who ruled and governed alone, one who would not tolerate sin, who honoured his promises. When it seemed that so many were seeking after new religions and other gods Micah stood out from the crowd to defend the God who was unique, the one and only true God. This was his calling.
This cross which Bunyan depicts is bloodless. There is no crucifix, there is no dying Saviour thereon, it has been vacated yet it represents the price that has been paid. The Roman model of a cross still holding the Saviour is indicative of their mass and of the desire to offer Christ constantly. Our faith rests on a Saviour who died once, and it is on the merits of this one sacrifice that we stand
Rather than simply being the reluctant prophet, his common persona, Jonah was given one of the most amazing missions in all of Old Testament history, a mission which foreshadowed the enlargement of God's Kingdom in New Testament times. There is certainly more to this ancient prophet than meets the eye.
THE REMAINING BURDEN For some readers it seems surprising that after passing through the Wicket Gate, with the assistance of Good-Will, Christian’s burden remains. We should not necessarily assume, however, that assurance is a blessing that every converted soul instantly receives. Some struggle with the burden of assurance longing to be free of their horrible... Continue Reading →