Ozark Christian Living

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Preliminary Hearing

February 28

  "... And they said, we are witnesses."  Joshua 24:22

"The desperate take the stand in their own defense, the abandoned testify to their own prosecution."







One's religion is an intensely internal matter to most, and in the majority of forums it is even considered taboo to speak of it.  The degree however, to which we do verbalize our faith is in direct proportion to our love of its object.  And Joshua said unto the people, ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve HIM.  When we launch out in activity for the LORD, it enacts a divine accountability.  "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: ..."  GOD never takes lightly the raised hand of commitment, and neither should we.  "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the LORD, and not unto men;"  Don't hold your spiritual breath Christian; every moment of our day must be an offering if the sacrifice is to be living.  Of a truth, the JUDGE is seated in Heaven; but the world about us make up the jury box.  Is it not those we serve on HIS behalf who authenticate our service?  "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our LORD JESUS CHRIST at HIS coming?  For ye are our glory and joy."

This parable of CHRIST is very telling of the attitude HE holds toward lazy servants:
"His lord answered and said unto him, thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Raise your right hand my believing friend ... were court held today, would there be enough evidence to convict you of service to GOD?  The desperate take the stand in their own defense, the abandoned testify to their own prosecution.  Like it or not, we will all one day be called to witness against ourselves; and of the two judgment bars mentioned in Scripture, neither will entertain a plea to the fifth.

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to GOD."

For Love of Country
John Cotton (1584-1652)
(Puritan Scholar and Clergyman)
"HIS Word that made Heaven and Earth will not fail, till Heaven and Earth be no more ... If GOD make a covenant to be a GOD to thee and thine, then it is thy part to see to it that thy children and servants be GOD'S people."

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