Vol. 30, No. 9 September, 2006
By Pastor George Mills
“But the God of all Grace who hath called us unto His eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while make you perfect, stablish, strengthen settle you.” (1Pet 5:10)
If you check the word ‘settle’ in your dictionary you will find several meanings but basically they all refer to; ‘To be established, to become fixed, to be resolved, to bring to rest, etc.’ I believe that we all have the general idea about what settle means. We live in an UNSETTLED world. Things are not getting better, and they will not. We can look for things to progressively grow from bad to worse. But there is a ?settling? found only in Faith in Christ and His work of Redemption. This is what I want to share with you in this first point…
1. SETTLED SALVATION. Has this been settled in your heart? The great problem with society is that Jesus Christ has been rejected, or, He has never been presented. Today, let’s check your Bible.
“And having made peace through theBlood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, by Him, I say whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven. And to you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled. In the body of His flesh through death, to present you Holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight. If you continue in the faith, grounded and SETTLED, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel ..”( Col 1:20-23a). There are some beautiful, rich, meaningful words in that passage. I can only mention a few things in this small space. Study your Bible. (KJV).
(A) WHAT WE WERE. Paul reminds us of what we were before we met Christ.
(a) We were ALIENATED. We were away from God, and without hope in the world. In fact, the Bible says that we were strangers, without hope and without God. (Eph 2:12-13).
(b) We were ENEMIES. That’s right, enemies. Paul said to the Romans, “For if when we were ENEMIES we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved by His life.” (Ro 5:10). The Bible has many chapters that tell us of the condition of man without Christ “For we ourselves were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.” (Titus 3:3) Romans 1-3 and so many, many more tell us of what we were. Before man can be SETTLED he must see himself a lost sinner, as God sees him.
B. WHAT CHRIST DID.
(a) He died for us .. He paid the price for sin. He bought our peace with God .”Having made peace through the Blood of His Cross.” Peace with God is available only in Jesus Christ. He is the Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6) All the battle, the enmity, the hatred, for the individual is SETTLED in Jesus Christ. In V23 Paul makes mention of the “Hope of the Gospel.” According to 1Cor 15, The Gospel is the Death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Belief in, trust in, the finished work of Christ alone, plus and minus nothing is sufficient for the sin of the whole world.
(b) He reconciled us “A restoration between parties.” Remember the battle, the enmity, the war, the conflict between man and God? Christ has reconciled us, He has restored us, and He has brought us back. Back to God, back home, to peace and security.
C. WHAT WE ARE NOW.
(a) We are made Holy. The stain of sin is gone. We are clean, washed in His Blood.
(b) We are unblameable. All of the blame for sin was placed on the Sinless one. The word ‘blame’ means ‘to hold responsible.’ Our sin was there at the Cross, placed upon the sinless One. The whole world is guilty for the Cross. But He removed the blame from those who believe Him. UNBLAMEABLE, what a wonderful word.
(c) Unreproveable in His sight. At one time we were disapproved, unacceptable in His sight. But we have been redeemed. Now, the enemies, and many there be try to accuse. We have an Advocate with the Father ,(1Jn 2:1-2). That’s all we need. I suppose that would sum up the whole of this first point. The question for YOU is, “Is Salvation SETTLED for you? ” Jesus Christ will hear the cry of the repentant heart. Believe what the Bible says about your sin. Receive Him into your heart just NOW. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Jn 1:12) How do you receive Him? Just tell Him that you receive Him. He is there where you are. “Ask, and ye shall receive.” You can begin TODAY to live FOREVER. SETTLED SALVATION
2. SETTLED SERVANTS. Now that Sin is SETTLED, and Sonship is SETTLED,
God wants us to serve Him. All of His children are needed on the front lines of the battle. Christianity is not an easy road. If it were, many more would be on it. Peter is warning believers about the warfare of faith. He states that “the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith.” (1Pet 5:8-9) “But the God of all Grace who hath called us unto His eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, SETTLE you.” God will give His Servants Grace to face the enemy. Peter reminds us that every trial is meant to PERFECT US, to mature us. To STABLISH us, to build a foundation for life. To STRENGTHEN us. If I have any Spiritual strength today, it is because of the battles with the enemy. Each conflict God brings us through strengthens us, and SETTLES US. What a beautiful picture is painted for us in Psalm 23. Surrounded by enemies, sitting at the table, in peace, SETTLED.
3. SETTLED SPIRITS. “SETTLE it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer.” (Lk 21:14) I know that the sermon on the mount is dispensational. Jesus is giving the Jews information they will need for the Tribulation period AFTER the Church has been called home. God will help them if they will trust Him. I just want to borrow the words He used and bring them to us for today. God will deal with man differently in that future dispensation. Today, The Holy Spirit lives within every believer. If we learn to listen to His voice, He will be our Comforter, He will be our wisdom as He teaches us the Scriptures, (KJV). Today, across the land, many are very ‘unsettled.’ World conditions cause many to be upset. As a Christian, God wants us to be SETTLED. We should have that deep inner quietness, and calmness that says, God is in control.
“Howbeit when he the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you into all truth, for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and he shall shew you things to come. He shall glorify me, for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine, therefore said I, that he shall take of mine and shall shew it unto you.” (Jn 16:13-15). You see, as He helps the Jews in the tribulation, as He aids their speech, their defense, so He is our helper today. God does not want His children to be upset and troubled. Some are troubled at the moving of the nations, about world crisis. Dear one, have that SETTLED HEART. God is in control
4. SETTLED SCRIPTURES. “Forever O Lord, Thy Word is SETTLED in Heaven.” (Psa 119:89).
Today, man can’t seem to find the Word. He keeps looking in the various ‘versions’ on the market today. As the Word became lost in the temple in Josiah’s day, “And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the Law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan and he read it.” (Read 2Kings 22-23). There, in the temple, covered up by all the garbage, the idols, the alters, they found the Word of God. Sounds familiar. Today, the Word is covered up by traditions, by education, and of course, by all of these over 200 versions on the market today. Preachers can’t preach without the ‘Hebrew’ or what the ‘Greek’ says. I am so glad God gave us His Word in English. But the search goes on. New versions hit the market quite frequently. You know, the NIV, NKJV, TEV, GNB, NASV, NEB, ASV, RSV, on and on. Just the other morning, early, I saw a noted TV evangelist selling his new edition. “God told me to write it,” he says. This one has incorporated his notes in the body of the Scripture. And later that same day, another TV evangelist, finding fault with the Bible said, “The King James Translators put those italics in, and we can take them out.” On and on it goes. Some have to bring several ‘versions’ to the pulpit with them. The greatest issue in the world today is not the turmoil in the Middle East, or the oil crisis, or one of the thousands of things that worries mankind. The greatest issue today is the Battle over the Bible. “But the problem is readability,” man says. Many are falling for that. Now, since the Word is SETTLED in Heaven, why can’t we SETTLE it down here? Just Believe God. Just SETTLE on the Bible, and let the Bible SETTLE you!
God wants His children to be SETTLED. (a) SETTLED SALVATION. “Make your calling and election sure.” Know that you asked Christ into your heart to be your Saviour? If not, Ask Him, trust Him Today!
(b) SETTLED SERVANTS. Are you serving Him faithfully, willingly, and cheerfully? Get that settled. Thank God that He has given you the privilege of serving in His army. This is the greatest business in all the world.
(c) SETTLED SPIRITS. Don’t let the confusion and upsets of the world trouble you. God is in control. His coming for the Church will be right on time.
(d) SETTLED SCRIPTURES. Don’t be confused by all the confusion. The same Book that brought us this far will take us all the way home.
God bless you. BE SETTLED!
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS..it is no friend to the Christian. If the world and it’s system can keep you confused and unsettled, the world has won a battle. Our True Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ can give His Peace, His abiding, lasting peace. In the time of trouble, “Run to the Rock.”
THINK ABOUT IT.. Who you believe is more important than what you believe, for what you believe is determined by who you believe.
I HAVE LOVED THEE WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE
By Pastor George Mills
“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting Love, therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Long before I knew He lived,
There in ages past.
Eternal Son, the Sinless One,
Who on Him, all sin was cast.
He Loved me.
Long before I knew He died,
And that He died for me.
That for my shame, He took my blame,
When they nailed Him to the Tree.
He Loved me.
Long before I knew He lives,
And He’s alive for evermore.
The tomb open wide, nothing inside,
As the stone was moved from the door.
He Loved me.
Long before I knew His Love,
He placed His arms around me,
Eternal Love, from God above,
He knew me, Loved, and found me.
He Loved me.
While ages roll, He’ll keep my soul,
Where we live in peace above.
His Glory share, in that land so fair,
And praise His Everlasting Love.
He Loves me.
WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS..
I trust that everyone is enjoying the summer season. Things have been very busy here. Almost daily I get requests for
Helps of various kinds; tracts, books, names to be added to receive our publication. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with. I trust that all of our friends across the nation, and on the Internet will pray much for this outreach ministry that God has so richly blessed and used. Daily I get requests from Africa for Bibles, Tracts, and Books. They have never asked for an offering of any kind. They only ask for Helps. We do what we can. I am backed up with requests. Recently I saw in the Local Newspaper where a Black TV evangelist is moving into a five million dollar mansion. These saints in Africa tell me that they have very little material. One man wrote that in their congregation they had only one New Testament. Something is wrong. While millions of dollars are being poured into these TV ‘ministries,’ for luxury living, nations of the world do not have a copy of the Bible. I bundle up 4 Bibles, 4 booklets, and some of our tracts. To mail just one bundle to Africa costs $28.00. Please pray about gifts for this project.
Another Prayer request is that all of our friends direct their prayers toward a community in Jacksonville called ‘Ortega Hills.’ There are some 550 homes in that community. We MUST visit every home there with a Gospel invitation. Please Pray for these projects.
I am very concerned about our forces in Iraq. They have done great. But with the problems in the Middle East, How much is enough? We should pray much for our President and leaders. I have supported our President from the beginning. He has our prayers.
Thank you for every letter, every call, every nice thing you have to say about the WILDERNESS This ministry began in June, 1976, over 30 years ago.
TUNE IN THE “CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD BROADCAST”
We can speak to people anywhere in the world where there is a computer. That’s GREAT. Praise the Lord!
Go to www.thewilderness.com. Go to home page index and click on our broadcast. The ‘Church In The Wildwood Broadcast’ began in 1966. It has not been continuous, but we try. This has been Missionary Radio. For years we covered the Caribbean, and South America, and Canada via short wave radio. And now the Internet. I would urge every Bible Preaching Church to get in on all of these communication accesses. One small local Church can reach masses. Time is running out.
HOW THEY PRAYED
George Whitfield, famous evangelist said, “O Lord, give me souls, or take my soul.”
Dwight L Moody, “Use me then my Saviour, for whatever purpose, and in whatever purpose, and what way Thou mayest require. Here is my poor heart, an empty vessel, fill it with Thy Grace.”
Henry Martin, Missionary to India, “Here Lord, let me burn out for God.”
“Brethren, pray for us.”
LEGALISM vs BIBLICAL STANDARDS
The term ‘legalism’ or ‘legalist’ is a word that is being used quite frequently in preaching today.
LEGALISM says that there is something that YOU must do in order to be saved, or a certain standard that YOU must reach or maintain. Paul was plagued with the legalists of his day. Paul had to spend much time rebuking the legalists, and warning the churches. Read Galatians 1:1-9. The legalists came in after Paul left and tried to preach Judaism, or, circumcision and keeping the Law are necessary for salvation. Legalism is ‘another gospel.’ Legalism is false doctrine. We are saved by GRACE apart from anything we do.
BIBLICAL STANDARDS. When a standard of living as taught in the Bible is mentioned, or, if the Church has high standards, (and it should) Some begin to yell, ‘LEGALIST.’ Trying to maintain a personal lifestyle of Biblical Holiness cannot rightly be called legalism. In Christ we are free. Free from rules and regulations. We are now under a greater Law, the Law of Love. The child of God who wants to please His Lord by his lifestyle of personal Holiness is no legalist. We are NOT to be ‘holier than thou,’ but at the same time we are NOT to be conformed to the image of this world and it’s system.
The LEGALIST is trying, in vain, to reach, by his works, that which the Spiritual, Born again child of God does without really trying.
Personal Holiness is NOT Legalism. Holiness has been worked in us, we are to reflect that Holiness daily.
THE “SLOPPY” GENERATION
All the way from clothing, to hairstyle, to personal appearance, to lifestyle, this can be called The Sloppy Generation. I believe that this is an outward manifestation of something wrong on the inside. This reflects a non-caring, what’s the use, I don’t care, let it all hang out’ attitude. The problem is, this sloppy generation thing is barging into churches. Watching some of the ‘religious’ telecasts, you see the same thing, just like the world. Same ‘music’ same beat, same ‘sloppiness’ same sloppy clothing. Some churches advertise, ‘Come as you are.’ Come as you are and leave like you came. It is as though they are saying, “Hey world, we are just like you, no difference.” Some TV preachers accept this casual style. Some even come to the pulpit dressed in sports shirt and jeans, or a turtle neck. I listened as one ‘preacher’ referred to the clean holy lifestyle as ‘freaks.’ We cannot be like the world and expect to win the world. We must become more and more like Christ. “But Christ,” they say, “was a friend with sinners, so we must be friendly, and open up, and come out of the dark ages.” Christ was a Friend of sinners, but He was NOT a friend with sinners. He was in the world, but not of the world, and so are we as Christians. In our service for God, let us be our best in every way. Let us not adopt the lifestyle of this SLOPPY GENERATION.
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS.. It is no friend to the Christian. Christ is both Saviour and Friend, for what earthly friend is there who could ever forget our past.