Tozer Devotional-The Revelatory Light of Scripture

The Revelatory Light of  Scripture

Among men, questions usually have more than one side; sometimes they have many. Pros and cons are often balanced so finely against each other that it is virtually impossible to know where the right lies. But with God there is only one side. God’s side is good and holy and all other sides are wrong, the degree and seriousness of the wrong increasing as we move away from the center of God’s will.

Our desire for moral self-preservation should dictate that we come over immediately onto God’s side and stay there even if (as is likely) it may result in our being out of accord with man’s philosophies and man’s moral codes. We cannot win when we work against God, and we cannot lose when we work with Him.

Now, how can we know for certain which side is God’s side? No one in this late day should need to ask that question, but since it is being asked in all sincerity by many, we are glad to give the answer. There is a Book which says of itself, “And God spoke all these words,” and about which it is said, “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up to glory” (1 Timothy 3:16). Acquaintance with this Book will bring light to all dark paths and show us the right side of all questions. Of course, that Book is the Bible.

What glory gilds the sacred page,

Majestic like the sun!

It gives a light to every age;

It gives, but borrows none.

http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/tozer?id=820

Going over the Moral Cliff

In my book, When the Crosses are Gone, I warn that when a culture abandons thinking and logic in favor of feelings and emotions, it is doomed to destruction. Although emotions are a very important part of the human psyche, when they control every aspect of life, morality becomes a victim.

Today, there is widespread agreement that morality in America is deteriorating with breathtaking speed.

On one hand, we face a belligerent and intimidating lobby that desires the breakdown of biblical morality. On the other hand, a docile public—as well as church leadership—is terrified to stand up for truth lest it provoke the false accusation of bigotry, intolerance, and all sorts of phobias.

That deadly combination, which threatens to take us into the very abyss, is far more dangerous and everlasting than any “fiscal cliff” crisis. I’m not minimizing the potential for an economic collapse that the US, and the entire world, is facing. But that collapse itself is also related to our abandonment of biblical morality.

One central pull that is dragging us into the inferno is the drive for so-called “same-sex marriage.” It is central because it runs counter to the very purpose of creation.

For when God created humanity, He created a man and a woman who anatomically, and in every other way, fit and complemented each other. When God Himself performed the first wedding, in the Garden, He communicated that this is the only acceptable marriage formula.

The intriguing part to this controversial subject is that, even within the homosexual community, there are people opposed to “same-sex marriage.” That is an indictment on the clergy and pastors who are chomping at the bit to perform these unprecedented ceremonies.

The urgency of some clergy and pastors stems from a fear of criticism and alienation by the most powerful lobby that ever existed. For seldom does a lobbying group have the entire media apparatus and all of Hollywood behind it. That mighty power has caused even many evangelical pastors to scurry about in agreement or stand completely silent. Some of those pastors started well, but they sold their birthright for a pot of popularity and acceptance.

There is only one antidote to this epidemic of conformity. There is only one barrier that can hold back this speeding madness. There is only one act that can zip shut the mouths of hungry lions.

 

Repentance. We must return to our first love for God and His truth.

Our Christian forbearers endured being devoured by ferocious animals and being dipped into boiling tar to light up the emperor’s gardens. And today, more than 100 million Christians live under severe persecution because they refuse to compromise and bow down to the Caesars of this world. So what is a little bit of ridicule and false accusation? How can a little non-acceptance by society compare to that?

Therefore, let us be courageous. Let us return to the Lord in repentance before we go over the moral cliff and plunge deep into Never-Never Land.

Michael Youssef

Dr. Michael Youssef is the author of 27 books including his most recent and timely Blindsided: The Radical Islamic Conquest. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com Follow on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef

http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelyoussef/2013/01/22/going-over-the-moral-cliff-n1494851/page/full/

Fiscal Cliff? How About the Moral Cliff? By Jim Daly , CP Guest Contributor

There is endless talk these days about the looming “fiscal  cliff,” the catastrophic economic nightmare that many predict will befall the  United States if taxes go up and government spending is significantly cut come  January 2, 2013, as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

To be sure, the stakes are high.

But all this conversation about an economic cliff has got me thinking:

Is there a moral cliff? And have we already reached it – or are we walking  dangerously close to the edge?

Ironically, one of the reasons we’re on the verge of this fiscal cliff in the  first place is that too many have believed for too long that moral problems can  be solved or managed through fiscal policy.

In other words, we believe that almost every problem can be fixed by spending  money on it.

To be clear, I believe that government can and does provide noble services  for the common good. I also believe it can, in certain circumstances, provide an  appropriate safety net that prevents an individual or family from spiraling down  to a point of no return.

But I also believe that the root of most of our problems is not money. It’s  sin and the fallen nature of mankind.

Throw all the government money you have at the problem of abortion and you’ll never get down to the root  cause of what prompts a woman to abort her own flesh and blood.

Throw all the money at the plague of poverty  and you’ll never get down to solving the most common foundational problems that  send someone into it in the first place, which in western nations is usually  tied to family breakdown.

It was the English writer G.K. Chesterton who once said that man must suffer  for his morality. I think this is what the Apostle Paul meant when he observed  that we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

There are always going to be consequences to our decisions – and our  priorities.

What will come of the fiscal cliff negotiations remains to be seen. What I do  know, though, is that if we spent as much time as a nation working and worrying  about our moral code as we do our economic well-being, we wouldn’t be standing  on the edge of either cliff.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/fiscal-cliff-how-about-the-moral-cliff-86109/#iiKMBGsumOgS0Ete.99

The Law of Opposition

To him who overcomes . . . —Revelation 2:7

Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm. It is a fact that there is a continuing struggle in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual areas of life.

Health is the balance between the physical parts of my body and all the things and forces surrounding me. To maintain good health I must have sufficient internal strength to fight off the things that are external. Everything outside my physical life is designed to cause my death. The very elements that sustain me while I am alive work to decay and disintegrate my body once it is dead. If I have enough inner strength to fight, I help to produce the balance needed for health. The same is true of the mental life. If I want to maintain a strong and active mental life, I have to fight. This struggle produces the mental balance called thought.

Morally it is the same. Anything that does not strengthen me morally is the enemy of virtue within me. Whether I overcome, thereby producing virtue, depends on the level of moral excellence in my life. But we must fight to be moral. Morality does not happen by accident; moral virtue is acquired.

And spiritually it is also the same. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation . . .” (John 16:33). This means that anything which is not spiritual leads to my downfall. Jesus went on to say, “. . . but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” I must learn to fight against and overcome the things that come against me, and in that way produce the balance of holiness. Then it becomes a delight to meet opposition.

Holiness is the balance between my nature and the law of God as expressed in Jesus Christ.

http://utmost.org/the-law-of-opposition/