In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Hasten, O God, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me. May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame.
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.
Q. I’ve read several of your articles and 100% agree with all of them that address the “works based faith” believer, but I’m curious as to when you have a believer that really does believe in Jesus in what He did at the Cross, still thinking that they “have to do more” to make themselves “worthy”. I recently had a discussion with a friend on this issue and his comments were, ” A true saved soul, child of God, will do His will no matter what and work harder every day to prove himself worthy to our Lord and Savior” and “I do believe that I can show God more & more every day that I am worthy of His love.”
Q. Regarding the Strait Gate, does God allow a person to be deceived by Evil, or to deceive himself by the perversity of his own heart, and so, to miss the Strait Gate and go to Hell? Is it possible that the merciful and omnipotent God will allow a person to want to believe and be saved; pray with the intent to believe and be saved, want to repent and be forgiven, ask for faith to believe and be saved, but still fail to find that gate?
Q. 1 John 3:2 (KJV) says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” I have two questions about this verse.
1.Doesn’t this nail as incorrect what I have heard is being taught in some charismatic circles, that Christ cannot appear until the church is purified?
2. Does the “for” in “for we shall see him as he is” indicate that our seeing him is part of what will make us “be like him?”
Q. Would you please write to me in very few sentences what GRACE is? Any short illustration?
Q. Re: Mark 9:38-41. “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”
Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit. You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.