The CCN Daily Worship by Pastor Don. Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, May the Almighty God of hosts be with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen.
Luke 18. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint,
2 saying, “There was in a city a judge who feared not God, neither regarded man.
3 And there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, ‘Avenge me on mine adversary.’
4 And for a while he would not, but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I fear not God nor regard man,
5 yet because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”
6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge His own elect, who cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?
8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”
9 And He spoke this parable unto certain ones who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are: extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
15 And they brought unto Him also infants, that He would touch them; but when His disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them unto Him and said, “Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God.
17 Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
18 And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 And Jesus said unto him, “Why callest thou Me good? None is good save One, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery.’ ‘Do not kill.’ ‘Do not
steal.’ ‘Do not bear false witness.’ ‘Honour thy father and thy mother.’”
21 And he said, “All these have I kept from my youth up.”
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, He said unto him, “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow Me.”
23 And when he heard this he was very sorrowful, for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, He said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the Kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”
26 And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”
27 And He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
28 Then Peter said, “Lo, we have left all and followed Thee.”
29 And He said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house or parents or brethren or wife or children for the Kingdom of God’s sake,
30 who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”
31 Then He took unto Him the twelve and said unto them, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished.
32 For He shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked and spitefully treated and spit upon;
33 and they shall scourge Him and put Him to death, and the third day He shall rise again.”
34 And they understood none of these things; and this saying was hidden from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
35 And it came to pass that as He was coming nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the wayside begging.
36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37 And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
38 And he cried, saying, “Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 And those who went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace, but he cried out all the more, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 And Jesus stood and commanded him to be brought unto Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,
41 saying, “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?” And he said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
42 And Jesus said unto him, “Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee.”
43 And immediately he received his sight and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
Dear Father in heaven, let our thoughts be filled with all that is honourable, just, pure, gracious, good, and praiseworthy. We want to await your Spirit, not giving way to anxiety, but showing ourselves worthy to be your children. We want to be your children, who can rise above even the most difficult conditions and maintain a quiet trust, to the glory of your Spirit within us. Protect us now and always in your divine peace. In Jesus we pray. Amen.
(8) I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
The churches of this world generally teach that all a person has to do is to believe on Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, intellectual and even emotional beliefs on their own produce the static, idle faith that James speaks about—dead faith. However, in one who is truly called by God—an individual who has living faith—his belief galvanises into a conviction that will produce righteous works. These works ultimately produce the “much fruit” that will glorify God the Father (John 15:8).
Just what is the faith that Jesus Christ is looking for? It is a faith far greater than we might imagine. It is faith, not just in individual truths or doctrines, but in an entire way of life—the righteous, holy way that God Himself lives. God wants us to accept and follow the whole package of Christian living that He reveals in His Word.
Granted, it is very hard to do. We live in one of the most sinful, evil, corrupt, self-centered societies of all times, and our patience and conversion are being severely tested. The world wants us to come out of the narrow way that protects us, teaches us, and prepares us for our future. It is pushing and enticing us to accept the broad way that will pull us down to failure and destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).
But the life that God has called us to is truly awesome! In John 17:3, Jesus declares the kind of life we have been chosen to live by faith: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Living this eternal life gives us the ability to know God: how He thinks, makes decisions, shows His love, feels for others, extends mercy and forgives, etc. In other words, living God’s way now allows us—as much as is humanly possible—to know the mind and ways of God. It is in God and His incredible way that we must have faith.
Because our calling and potential are so tremendous, God gives us a warning to consider in II Peter 2:20-21:
For if, after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
Once we start down this road, we have committed ourselves to following it to the very end.
For this reason, Paul challenges us in II Corinthians 13:5to examine ourselves as to whether we are in the faith. He tells us to test ourselves to prove that Christ lives in us. We will not fail the test if we draw close to Him and truly work to make the changes we need to make as individuals to take on the very nature and life of God.
Then, when the question arises, “When the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” the answer will be a resounding, “Yes!”
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
May God bless you all and ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’, Amen.
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