“PASS IT ON!” (Kurt Kaiser)

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘the just shall live by faith.’ “ {(Habakkuk 2:4); Romans 1: 16,17}

 In the hymn “Pass it On,” Kurt Kaiser, says, “It only takes a spark, to get a fire going, And soon all those around, can warm up in its glowing.”  He’s speaking of course, of the Gospel of Christ, as Paul declares in Romans 1:16,17.  The Gospel, is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”  Think of that.  The righteousness of God, which is given freely to us by God, as a gift, is available to all who will believe.  This is the way we’re justified by God; and “the just shall live by faith.”  This “righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith,” that is, from my faith to yours, and from your faith to someone else’s as we propagate the Gospel by speaking God’s Holy Word, and by our right living.

So – “Pass it on.”

Yes, God gives the gift of eternal life to anyone who will take it by faith! (Romans 6:23) Whoever takes it, will pass it on to others.  How do I know that?  Why, because God says so.  Why, “That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing – It’s fresh like Spring – you want to pass it on!”

Sisters and brothers, this is the way to bring a revival to our beloved country:  PASS IT ON!!

With hope for the future, and love for all, a sinner saved by grace,

Bluegill Bill

 

 

 

“PASS IT ON!” (Kurt Kaiser)

MY BELOVED’S ADVICE

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

If a guy’s got any brains, he’ll listen to his wife.  The other day, I asked Joyce about my blog, and without hesitation she said, “That’s not blogging, that’s preaching, and nobody wants to read it.  Besides, I hear you preach all the time, at home, in Sunday School, and anywhere else we go.”

So, considering that virtually no one has made favorable comment on my blogs in the thirteen I’ve posted so far, I thought I just might lighten up a little bit.  After all, a merry heart does do good like a medicine, doesn’t it? (Proverbs 17:22)

That’s about it for now.  Just wanted everyone to know that I’ve got some brains (see Paragraph 1).  However, that doesn’t change, in the least, my desire to get the Word of God to people who need to hear it.  My advice to everyone is still this:  Read John’s Gospel.  Pray about it!  Digest it!  And then, tell others what’s in it.

From a sinner saved by grace,

Bluegill Bill

MY BELOVED’S ADVICE

CHRIST OUR PASSOVER

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you are truly unleavened.  For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:7,8).”

Today, Sunday, February 7, 2016, our Sunday School lesson was from Exodus 12 about the Passover, that time in history when God killed all the firstborn of Egypt.  All the firstborn of Egypt died that night, of people, and of animals, whether livestock or of cats and dogs.  The children of Israel were made exempt from the death of the firstborn, by putting blood from a sacrificial lamb on the two doorposts, and on the lintel of the house.  All instruction as to exactly what they were to do in regard to the Passover, is recorded in Exodus 12:1-13.

The significance of Passover for Christians is twofold.  First, we who trust in Jesus Christ, are saved from the penalty of being sinners, by virtue of the blood that Christ shed on the cross (1 Corinthians 5:7).  1 Peter 1:18,19 says that we are “not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold, from our aimless conduct received by tradition from our fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without spot and blemish.”  Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ is our Passover, the One who assuages the wrath of God away from those whom Christ makes righteous.  Secondly, as the children of Israel were to be ready to leave quickly, by having their waists belted, and sandals on their feet, and a staff in their hands; so should we be ready to go at the behest of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, anywhere He leads us.

Think of it:  Our sins have been removed from us “as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12).”  We aren’t bound by sin any longer, and sin won’t have dominion over us any longer.  We are therefore free to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in newness of life because “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14).”  We are no longer slaves of sin, but rather, children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.   “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

Seeing that this is the standing of every Bible believing Christian, as declared by the Word of God, should we not take our place in the world in a much more sure and forceful manner?  Not forceful in the sense of being militant in the least, but rather, forceful knowing that the power of Almighty God is with us.  “What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  Who is he who condemns?  It is Christ that died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, ‘for your sake we are killed all the day long.  We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 8:31-39).

Beloved, seeing that these things are true as declared by the inerrant Word of the True and Living God; why not throw ourselves into the battle for the Lord in such a way that will turn the world upside down once again (Acts 17:6).  If any of you who read this are interested in attacking the problem of a mostly anemic church which exhibits little spiritual power in the world at this time, let me know.  As I’ve said before, I’m old, and my best physical years are behind me.  Nevertheless, in November this past year, I experienced an ongoing revival of love for the Lord Jesus and His people.  Being inexperienced in this sort of thing, I have begun where I believe I can best be used by God; and that’s in writing this blog.  Revival is greatly on my mind, and I see it as a must, if we’re to impact the world as the Church should impact the world.  If you are of a kindred mind, please let me know.  Thanks.

With love for all, a sinner saved by grace,

Bill (Bluegill Bill) Biza

 

 

 

 

 

CHRIST OUR PASSOVER

A VERY SHORT CONTEMPLATION!

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS-BLUEGILL BILL

“I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA,” SAYS THE LORD GOD, “WHO IS AND WHO WAS AND WHO IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY (REVELATION 1:8).”    

 

People who are concerned about calories and food content are careful to read the ingredients information on labels.  The most notable and important ingredient, so I’ve heard, is always listed first.  In the light of that knowledge, I want to consider Jesus Christ, Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, the Almighty.  Certainly, in our desire to come to God, to know God, to love God, and to please God; Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the First, and the Last.

Oftentimes, people put something or someone else first, such as works, ecclesiastical, or physical; such as sacraments, ordinances, or penance, or even another person as a substitute, as if by tending to these things, or listening to the extra-scriptural advice of substitutes can  make us fit to approach God.  Not so!  I submit, that if you start with Jesus Christ, you’ll end with Jesus Christ; since He is the First and the Last.  If you start with something or someone else first, hard telling where you’ll end up, hence the confusion of myriad ideas and doctrines within Christendom.

The solution to misplaced “faith” is this:  Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!  “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except through Him (John 14:6).”

From the heart of a sinner saved by grace.

Bluegill Bill

 

                                                          

A VERY SHORT CONTEMPLATION!

TWO PRAYED-ONLY ONE WAS JUSTIFIED

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS 

BLUEGILL BILL

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

The  Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner!’

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 18:10-14).”

What is it with people who think they are righteous?  Is it that they are bad people as the world defines badness?  No, rather it’s that they are good as the world defines goodness, and they think that their good works will carry them through – all the way to heaven.  It’s that they don’t recognize their sin, that is, the inherent evil that Bible believing theologians define as “total depravity.”  They, and we (because we must admit that at times we are guilty of a notion of self-righteousness) compare ourselves to others, as the Pharisee in the temple did, and just plain think we are better.  This kind of comparison is extremely odious in the sight of God.

In contrast to the Pharisee, the tax collector was cognizant of the fact of his sin.  He knew that he fell far short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  He would not stand before God, and pray “thus with himself,” lying to God about how good he was.  Rather, he prayed for mercy, and cast himself upon the grace of God.

What lesson can we learn for ourselves from this account of the Pharisee and tax collector?  We can learn, first of all, that it’s not what we do, but what we are in the sight of God that counts.  If the heart isn’t right with God, works don’t mean a thing.  Secondly, we can learn that God’s mercy overcomes our sin.  No matter what we’ve done, God is waiting to hear our prayer, “God be merciful to me, a sinner,” and to lift us out of the refuse pit (Psalm 40:1,2).

Was the Pharisee in our lesson a good man?  Of course he was!  How could he not be a good man?  He went to the temple (church) every Lord’s day.  He paid tithes; he fasted; he prayed.  What then was wrong that he was not justified?  I believe it was this:  he thought, having been taught so by the Pharisees before him, that he could earn his way to heaven.  But “It’s not by works of righteous that we have done, but according to His mercy that He saves us.  But the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).”  Like wise, if we follow the teaching of those who espouse salvation by works, no matter how good their intention, neither will we be saved and justified.  Think of that!  Salvation is by grace alone!  Through faith alone!  In Jesus Christ alone, as He is revealed in Holy Scripture alone!  Believe in Him and give the glory to Almighty God alone.  If you do; I may never meet you down here; but I’ll see you on the other side!

From a sinner saved by grace,

Bluegill Bill

 

 

 

TWO PRAYED-ONLY ONE WAS JUSTIFIED

“KING JESUS IS A-LISTENING”

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS – BLUEGILL BILL

“My heart is inditing a good matter:  I speak of the things that I have made touching the King.:  My tongue is the pen of a ready writer (Psalm 45:1).”

The psalmists (In the case of Psalm 45, the Sons of Korah), are willing writers who endeavor to write to the glory and praise of their King, in this case, the pre-incarnate Christ, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  So it is with me and all other believers who are inspired by God to make their tongue “the pen of a ready writer.”

Since I’m an old geezer who wasted the best years of his life in regard to witnessing for King Jesus, I can only try to witness now in the best way possible for me to do so. Therefore I am making my best effort to present devotionals that will honor the King, and possibly persuade people to trust in Him.  As you can readily tell, I’m not a Charles Spurgeon, or a John Bunyan, or a John MacArthur.  I am in fact, limited in education, in intellect, and in ability.  Even so, I hope to carry on in this manner as long as I possibly can, and when it becomes impossible, humanly speaking, carry on with the help on the One with whom “all things are possible.”  So, please be aware of this:  “King Jesus is a-listening, all day long, to hear some sinner pray.”  If you or I are moved to “call upon the Lord,” we may be assured of one thing:  That we have been “chosen from the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blame before Him.”  (So it is declared in an inerrant way in Ephesians 1:4).  Furthermore, it goes on that, “In love he predestined us for adoption, through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Jesus Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.  In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all thing according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  In him also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance, until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:5-14).”

Now the Word of God, in all places, declare that salvation is God, through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Why some people desire to pretend that they must have a part in “saving themselves,” I have no idea.  It just isn’t possible!  Believe the Scripture, and trust in Him today!

With love and prayers for you and all of yours,

Bill Biza aka Bluegill Bill

P. S.  This comes “warts and all,” since I’ve no time this morning to proof read!

 

 

“KING JESUS IS A-LISTENING”