All posts by Rusty Allen

03 Jun

Great Truths for Times Like These

One of the hardest things in the Christian life is to reconcile God’s involvement in life-threatening illness, tragedies of all types, the impacts of the evil acts of other people, and in general, bad events or situations that occur in life. The current pandemic is one of those situations. However, regardless of circumstance, the Bible assures us of God’s love and care and continual working in our lives. The following eight foundational truths are for times like these.

God’s love for us is indisputable.
He loved us so much that he sent His only begotten Son to die for us that we might have everlasting life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

God is interested in us personally.
He knows every sparrow that falls. He knows every hair on our heads. He has told us to come to Him with literally our every need. He knows and He cares about the details of our lives.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.(Matthew 10:29-30)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

God is not surprised by the things that happen to us.
He is omniscient or all-knowing. He is never caught off guard.

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? (John 18:4)

God does not promise to deliver us from all the bad.
That includes evil and suffering and the impact of the choices of others. But He does promise to give us the ability to endure, and the grace, and the peace, and the strength that is needed to meet the situation.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (1 Peter 2:21)

God will never leave us nor forsake us.
His way is perfect. In return, He asks us to place our faith and trust in Him, regardless of the circumstance.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. (2 Samuel 22:31)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

God is working to conform us to the image of Christ.
He is a sovereign God, who will work the tiniest blessing and the greatest evil to our eventual good.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28-29)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)

God is good, every day, all the time.
His love for us and watch-care over us are ever present.

Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. (Psalm 119:68)

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)

God’s secret things are beyond human understanding.
We must be content to leave those with God.

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Regardless of what may come our way, we can stand firm on these rock-solid, sure foundational truths.

04 May

A Dabaq Relationship

The Hebrew word, dabaq, suggests the idea of being permanently glued together or cleaving to each other. It is used of God’s people in covenant relationship with Himself. It is also used to describe Ruth’s refusal to leave Naomi.

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave (dabaq), and swear by his name. (Deuteronomy 10:20)

And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave (dabaq) unto her. (Ruth 1:14)

Marriage illustrates the concept. A married man and woman, with the Holy Spirit in both of their lives, can realize the full beauty of a dabaq relationship (husband, wife, and the Holy Spirit, the “glue”). On the other hand, a married man and woman, but without the Holy Spirit, may actually function as little more than “married singles.”

A Christian husband and wife should do all they can to avoid anything that would weaken the bond enabled by the Holy Spirit in their relationship. For a Christian young person seeking to be married, the warning of Scripture is not to become unequally yoked together with an unbeliever, thereby limiting or negating the dabaq relationship that is possible in his or her future.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  (2 Corinthians 6:14)

…a threefold cord (in this case: husband, wife, and Holy Spirit) is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12b)

May our relationships with the Lord, with our families, and with those in our church be characterized by our desire to cleave (dabaq) to one another, regardless of the circumstances we may face.

20 Apr

The Mystery of Godliness

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

What a magnificent description of the person of our Lord Jesus Christ! To those of us who love and serve Him, it is a description beyond which all opinions to the contrary fail. He is the mystery of godliness – the God-Man, fully God and fully man.

• Manifest in the flesh – Took on a body of flesh to pay the price of our sin.

• Justified in the Spirit – Vindicated by the Holy Spirit to be the Son of God with power.

• Seen of angels – Witnessed by angels in the unfolding drama of redemption.

• Preached unto the Gentiles – Demonstrated His love and concern for both Jew and Gentile.

• Believed on in the world – Received by men as the one and only means of salvation.

• Received up into glory – Ascended back to the glories of heaven, but is coming again.

Great is the mystery of godliness!

11 Apr

We Are Adopted

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father… And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together… And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:15, 17, 23)

A marvelous doctrine in Scripture is adoption. To fully appreciate its significance, it is important to understand what it is not. When someone tells us that he or she was adopted, we know exactly what that means. Often a husband and wife discover that they cannot have a child. An option for them is adoption. They work through an adoption agency to take a child which is not their own and bring that child into their family. Through the legal process, that child becomes theirs and takes the family name.

Adoption in Scripture is not the same as described for the human family. We do not become a child of God through adoption. We become His child through the new birth. We must be born again in the manner of Nicodemus to enter God’s family. At that moment, our RELATIONSHIP with God changes.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

What then is spiritual adoption? The word translated adoption means placing as an adult son and involves the believer’s inheritance. Following a lost person’s becoming a child of God through the new birth, he is instantly adopted by God, thereby placing him in the position of an adult son. At that moment, the believer is invested with his inheritance of spiritual blessings by becoming an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. However, the full realization of his inheritance must wait until he receives his glorified body. As an adult son, he is in a position spiritually to inherit all the glories of heaven. He is rich because of his POSITION in God’s family.

What a precious thought that you and I as believers are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ in all the glory and riches that await us in heaven and for all eternity.

04 Apr

Complete in Christ

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. (Acts 17:22-23)

As the apostle Paul walked through the Greek city of Athens, he observed thousands of statues to their gods but then he came across an altar with an inscription on it: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Paul understood that among their many thousands of gods, the Greeks had an UNKNOWN GOD, one who stood in for any god that they may have failed to identify. So his sermon on Mars’ Hill was to declare this UNKNOWN GOD, who in their ignorance (without understanding), they chose to worship.

The name of the UNKNOWN GOD: the Lord of heaven and earth, the One Who had delivered Paul out of the darkness of Judaism into the light of the Gospel. The Athenians were intellectuals, and very few responded to the message. Today, few too respond to the message. But for those of us who have, we have the wonderful privilege of walking in the light of God’s dear Son and being complete in Him.

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10)

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