“I want to be happy.” Who has not desired this phantom? But we much understand that the quickest route to unhappiness is to make happiness that which we seek. What we are to seek is obedience to Christ. We will find happiness and contentment in doing what we are commanded to do. When we obey the command of the Gospel, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”, what joy we have. When we do what we know we should do, what contentment there is, even if the circumstances remain difficult. The Lord said to His disciples in John 13:17, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if you do them.” Don’t seek happiness, seek obedience! True happiness will arise from that.
“Salvation is of the Lord,” cried Jonah from the belly of the fish: and indeed it is. It is the Father who chose us, who set His love upon us from all eternity. It is the Son who redeemed us – THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS – who by His life and death both sanctified and justified us in God’s sight. It is the Holy Spirit who quickened the dead and made us to live. But all saving acts must be performed by the man himself. Faith is the gift of God, but the Holy Spirit never believes for anybody; it is not his office to believe but to woo, draw, and teach us to believe. THE SINNER MUST BELIEVE! Repentance is the work of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit never repented. What has He to repent of? THE SINNER MUST REPENT! There must be in every person who comes to Christ a personal repentance and a personal faith; and though these are wrought in him by the Holy Spirit, yet they are his own acts. They cannot be the acts of anyone else or the person has not repented and has not believed and there is no spiritual life in him. For instance, the Holy Spirit helps us tor pray; He helps our infirmities. BUT WE PRAY! True desires after God must be your own desires. The desire is wrought in you, but still it is YOURS! - Pastor Henry Mahan
“We are of God. He that knoweth God heareth us.” - John 4:6
John gives us several ways by which we may prove that we are of God: matters of both faith and practice. How can we know if others are of God? The answer is simple: those that know God are willing to hear us. They hear us with understanding, acknowledgement, and faith. It is not as thou we are the standard. Rather, God’s truth is the standard. But, if we are of God, it is certain we will tell the truth of God. Since we tell the truth of God, all others who are of God will rejoice in the Gospel we preach. We do not need to examine the lives of others, nor delve deeply into their theology. We need only plainly proclaim what God has taught us. If He has taught them also (and all God’s people are taught of God) they will agree. If God has not taught them, they will not agree. – Pastor Joe Terrell