Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

To all of the Saints on the West side,

The Lord willing I will be in Mountlake Terrace from March 3rd through March 10th teaching in different places.

We will start off with a UI/WSU Christian alumni reception at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd, at Calvary Fellowship, 23302 56th Ave., Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

Here is a website to track my schedule: http:///www.gordyandjana.com_jims_schedule.html

I may not know some of you or remember those I should know. I am 84, shorter and fatter, so you should be able to find me. Pass the word on to friends.

Please pray for me.

Jim Wilson

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The State of America

Here is a political statement made by Charles Dickens in 1859 about per-revolutionary France in 1775. It was made in The Tale of Two Cities:

"France, less favored on the matters spiritual than her sister of the trident and shield, rolled with exceeding smoothness downhill, making paper money and spending it.”

From Dickens' perspective, the United States is also less favored spiritually. We have the symptoms of per-revolutionary France. We are rolling with exceeding smoothness down hill, making paper money and spending it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Heart 3

By Bessie Wilson

The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV)

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (NIV)

Asa, king of Judah, had been a reformer. According to 2 Chronicles 14 he was actively engaged in removing idolatrous practices from Judah with a call to his people to “seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to obey his laws and commands” (14:4).
Asa’s army was victorious over the Cushites, and his prayer before the battle explains why in verse 11 of chapter 14:

Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O Lord, you are God; do not let man prevail against you.

In the fifteenth year of his reign, his reforms continued even to the extent of deposing his own grandmother from her position as queen mother “because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole.” And so it could be written of him at that time, “Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life” (15:17).
Twenty years later in the 35th year of Asa’s reign, Baasha, king of Israel, fortified Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or entering Asa’s territory. Asa then took silver and gold out of the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and out of his own palace and sought help from Ben-Hadad of Syria. It was a political move, but here is the crux of the matter.
God’s prophet, Hanani, came to Asa and said, “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord you God, the army of the king of Aram (Syria) has escaped from your hand.”
He reminded him of his victories over the Cushites and Libyans and then gave him the words at the beginning of this article about God’s eyes ranging throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him, but concluding with “you have done a foolish thing and from now on you will be at war” (16:9b).
Hanani was imprisoned, the people were oppressed, and four years later with a sever foot disease Asa still “did not seek help from the Lord but only from the physicians” (16:12); two years later he died.
Questions: What happened in the twenty-year period that eroded Asa’s full commitment to the extent that, when danger threatened, his instinctive reaction was to seek the help of men? We are not told, but we do know that 1 Corinthians 10:12 says, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall!”
Commitment needs constant attention. Your commitment to “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33) must be renewed daily as business needs encroach and physical pressures seek to become paramount. Also, your commitment to your mate, made before God and witnesses, must be guarded carefully lest you become another divorce statistic.
As the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to give strength to the fully committed, will you determine that your life will bring satisfaction to Him and great blessing to you?

Beware of Peter’s word
Nor confidently say
I never will deny Thee, Lord
But, Grant I never may.

- William Cowper