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The Great Divide - The Sure Mercies of David Part Five

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Despite all the multitudes and diverse cultures in this world, there are only two types of people that summarise all humanity. There are those that are spiritually alive and those that are spiritually dead. Spiritual life comes by the anointing of the Holy Spirit (through the death and resurrection of Christ) and the maintenance of that life has been established on the mercies of David. However, when the maintenance is lacking, troubles and despair will also create a great divide. The mercy that David established for all of us; has one key requirement that most people overlook. PSA 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Verse 13 reveals the basis of David's agreement with God. Those who walk in the spirit must also be servants and administrators of God's word... not just hearers, but doers. Being a hearer only is unhealthy. This is the obvious question that God directs to all his saints... ROM 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? It isn't enough to know the gospel and its promises, it has to be our life.

The Heart of David - The Sure Mercies of David Part Four

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

There have been some very special people in scriptural history whose sacrifices and faith have given us a lot more than we deserve, or could ever earn. Many who have gone before have made it possible for us to be part of this wonderful blessing of eternal life. David established a guaranteed pathway for the successful management of our sin and weaknesses. Jesus Christ died as a perfect sacrifice to provide the power and mechanism for eternal life... he also provided a system of fellowship and worship which is 100% effective. Let's establish the principles and promises relating to David, which allow us to manage our sins and failings.

The Two Trees - The Sure Mercies of David Three

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Adam and Eve were presented with numerous fruit trees to meet their daily, nutritional needs. However, there were two specific trees centrally located in the Garden of Eden, which offered spiritual choices that determined the health of their soul. The tree of life offered spiritual guidance where God would carry the burden of all human choices. The tree of knowledge of good and evil, transferred the guidance and burden of spiritual values to themselves. This meant they would be personally accountable for their own actions (God made it clear that this option would prove to be unmanageable and fatal... death would certainly follow). It is perhaps not surprising that the two following major covenants that God made with humanity also contained the same attributes the good and evil trees in the garden. The first; the Law of Moses was primarily built upon human ability to choose and earn their own destiny... this failed miserably because no one could measure up to it. David established a merciful option within the Law that bridged the barrier and punishment, which our sins and failings created. Not surprisingly, the New Covenant applications are built on the mercy of David (grace), through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit... providing the same benefits as the tree of life. The battle between good and evil has a much better solution, now.

The Bible is not Politically Correct

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Neither should it be. Commonly abbreviated to PC: is a modern term, claimed to be used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended not to offend/disadvantage any particular group of people. In reality, the PC movement uses guilt and deceit, to support the perversions of a minority at the expense of everyone else. Given enough time, a whole society will crumble. This is nothing more than Godless ideology. PRO 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. Selfishness never ends.

Cause and Effect

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Newton's third law of motion states...For every action, there is an equal (in size) and opposite (in direction) reaction. This law is not only true in the natural universe... it is also a spiritual law.

The Most Urgent Need

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The most urgent need facing the whole world is not peace from war, not freedom from tyranny, not hunger nor pollution, but life itself. All people from all nations face one common enemy...death!! The gospel of Jesus Christ offers the human race a solution to their greatest need and also reveals a new world, which will deal with the other issues that afflict us all. However, people are often blind to this simple reality and fight for much lesser causes while their real problems are often overlooked. The following verse tells us what to expect when the world thinks it has solved its biggest problem. 1THE 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Vessels of Life

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The human race has designed specific vessels to hold important things in safe and preserving ways. Likewise, planet earth and all that makes life possible (a vessel travelling through hostile extremes in the great vacuum of space), provides all the essentials for life to exist. The factors needed to make the earth a safe and vibrant planet are far too numerous to be an accident... rather we believe that God created the earth to be a provider and maintainer of life... a vessel of purposeful design, with a life plan than most humans fail to grasp.

The Fear of the Truth

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

In a world where science and discovery are the backbone of all our technology and living, 'truth' is perhaps the most feared of all findings. There is part of us that knows right and wrong and good and evil, but while we are ignorant of God's truth, we can feel safe, because we are measuring ourselves against flawed mortals. However, once the truth is revealed to us, there is no place to hide and no excuse to justify our wrongs. It is this fear that has led to humanities greatest failings... spiritual ignorance and spiritual death.

Discovering Truth

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

We're witnessing a whole generation who regard facts as more or less optional. They're being taught that it's important to have views, but they're not being taught to know what they are talking about. It's essential to hear opposing viewpoints and even more important to learn how to distinguish the differences... to establish the point with the most evidence or logic behind it. However, the majority are being taught to run with whatever feels or sounds good. No science, discipline or culture can survive when built on these flawed principles.

Viable Proof

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Any argument that seeks to prove or disprove God's existence, needs to be established with credible evidence if it's to remain viable. Viability is the ability of a thing (a living organism, an artificial system, an idea, etc.) to maintain itself or recover its potential. God offers the human race proof of a viable method of friendship, salvation and long term survival, but it depends on simple obedience to scriptural principles to be established. Remember, criticism or unbelief donít establish truth in their own right... any evidence no matter how small, still holds more weight than the largest criticism. Letís consider Godís biblical advice for a moment or two.

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