The Meaning of Christian 'Trust' Psalm 40:4

Text: “Blessed (blessed with many blessings) is the man/woman that maketh the Lord his/her trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
                                                                                                                                Psalm 40:4.

Good morning, true-trusting Christian!  When the Living Lord God granted you and I faith to believe in Christ Jesus – in His Holy Person; in His sinless birth, life, and death upon that cruel Cross; in His willing Sacrifice on that Cross to make the Atonement payment for our vile sins; in His resurrection from the dead to justify us in the sight of our Father in Heaven – He gave us faith to TRUST in things Spiritual, things that cannot be seen by the human eye; touched by the human hand; and tasted by the sensual power of a mere human tongue.  Such determined trust requires a miraculous ingredient to make it consistently work.  That supernatural ingredient must be one that is given as a gift from our Supernatural Lord God: FAITH.

God granted you and I, ‘His people’, faith to fully trust in His Son, Christ Jesus, and His Eternal Salvation of our souls.  Hallelujah!  What a powerful trust which can only be exercised by God’s gift of genuine Christian faith!  (Matthew 1:21)

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Verse 4.  “Blessed.”  The word ‘blessed’ literally means ‘blessed with blessings’, or ‘blessed with many blessings’.  When the trusting man/woman is Scripturally ‘blessed’ in this manner – the full blessings of the Lord God Almighty are liberally granted, in full recognition of the Divine trust being exercised.  We trust God and His Word only because He has granted us His Supernatural gift of faith to do so.  Then, when we exercise that gift of faith in His service, He pours out the multiple blessings upon us.  Wow!  What a gracious and merciful, and wonderful Lord God we seek to serve!  Hallelujah!  All thanks be to God for His bountiful gift of faith to trust Him, and the reception of all His attendant blessings!

Verse 4.  “Blessed is the man/woman that maketh the Lord his/her trust.  Trusting the Lord God with faith in His Word – both the Living Word, Christ Jesus, and the written Word of inspired Scripture (KJV) – brings us into a close situation of God’s care and protection; His ever-ready call, His inspiration; His guidance and His direction for our lives.  The Lord God is henceforth under Divine moral obligation to undertake for us, as we have forsaken all confidence in our own puny strengths and fallen human resources to place our entire being under His Sovereign will and grace.

Dictionary Definition: Trust – (noun) worthiness of being relied on; fidelity; confidence in the truth of anything; confident expectation; a resting on the integrity, friendship, etc of another; faith; hope; ground of confidence; that which is given or received in confidence; charge; responsibility; anything felt to impose moral obligations;…  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 1783)

Verse 4.  “Blessed is the man that maketh (makes, and continues to make) the Lord his trust.  Faith obtaineth promises.  A simple, single-eye confidence in God is the sure mark of blessedness.  A man/woman may be poor as Lazarus, as hated as Mordecai, as sick as Hezekiah, as lonely as Elijah, but while his hand of faith can keep its hold on God, none of his/her outward afflictions can prevent his being numbered among the blessed.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 194)

The human hand of a regenerate believer can only exercise such a necessary trust, because the Lord God has given him/her His gift of true Christian faith to do so.  Doing so, trusting the Lord God in all things, that believer is surely and Eternally blessed by God.

Verse 4.  “…Respecteth not the proud.  Proud men are tyrants and persecutors of God’s people.  They know and own no other god but themselves.  Herod was such a proud ruler, yet taking the glory to himself, was struck down to death with a fatal worm. We are not to give our respect onto the rich or proud.  (See Acts 13:19-24)

Verse 4.  “…Nor such as turn aside to lies. We must never pay deference to apostates, time-servers, and false teachers; they are an ill leaven, and the more we purge ourselves of them the better; they are blessed whom God preserves from all error in creed and practice.  Verily (truly) were the archfiend of Hell to start a carriage and pair, and live like a lord, he would have thousands who would court his acquaintance.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 194)

In a day of open apostasy and opposition to the truths of the Christian faith as taught in the King James Version Bible – we can find many professing faith in Christ, yet who are following after, if not actually worshipping, apostate preachers and TV Evangelists who inevitably punctuate anything they say with a plea to pledge money to their ‘ministries’. Show me the Pastor who’s mind is fixed on finances, and I will show you a double-minded man whose only treasure is here on earth.  Christian, beware! 

Judas Iscariot had his eyes fixed firmly on the common purse!

If we Christians had only verse 4 of Psalm 40 as our written guidance for life as Christians, we would have a banquet of truth and direction indeed.  When we place our full trust in the Christ of God to save our sin-sick souls; and to supply our every need in this life and in the next – we find Him to be more than sufficient indeed.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:19)

Thought:  ‘Only trust Him, only trust Him, only trust Him now... He will save you, He will save you…He will save you now.’  Let’s keep right on trusting the Lord Jesus – He will never let us down.

'New Song Christians' Must Sing! Psalm 40:3

Text: “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
                                                                                                                       Psalm 40:3.

Good morning, ‘New Song’ Christian!  The Lord God, through Jesus Christ and His Atonement Sacrifice on the Cross, has redeemed your soul and mine; lifted us out of the ‘miry clay’ of our vile sins; regenerated us by His Spirit; and put an entirely new song in our mouths.  God has granted us, by His free and Sovereign grace, a new song to sing in testimony of His saving grace to us.  How dare we refuse to sing it loud and clear?  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!  Salvation in Christ alone!  Glory to the Lamb!

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy Blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation: and has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”  (Revelation 5:9-10)

By God’s free grace to Hell-deserving sinners, God the Holy Spirit has convicted you and I of our sins; convinced us of Christ’s righteousness; and clearly showed us that there will be a terrible day of judgment for sin sometime still in the future. (John 16:8)

We have heard the ‘good news’, the Gospel of forgiveness of sins and Eternal Salvation found in the Lord Jesus Christ alone and, with the hearing, received faith from God to believe; repent from our sins; and received Christ as our own and personal Saviour.  Hallelujah!  Praise God it is so. Thanks be to the Lord God!

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

As a direct consequence, you and I are ‘born again’, Spiritually regenerated; ‘born from Above’; made a member of God’s Family, the universal Church; and our hearts are both thrilled and ecstatically happy!  We are fully assured of our place in Heaven, because, by God’s Sovereign grace, we have believed God’s Word concerning such deep Spiritual matters. We have done Eternally well, praise God!  (Num. 23:19)

However, that should not be the end of the matter, my friend.  For, if we have found this great and wonderful Salvation treasure, in Christ Jesus, we are not to keep this fact to ourselves.  No!  We are commanded of the Lord God to, “...Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”  (Mark 5:19)

Why are we to go and tell others what God has done for us?  Simple!  Because “ cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  (Romans 10:17) 

 There are no ‘secret Christians’ in God’s House! Freely we have received, just as freely we must share the Gospel news with other lost sinners.  We cannot ‘...hide our light under a bushel...’  We must sing the New Song of Christ’s Salvation so that other sinners can hear the good news.  Sing, true Christian, sing!

“Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid, neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”  (Matthew 5:14-16)

Those who would seek to be ‘secret Christians’, reveal the utter selfishness still pervading their hearts.  They want to be possessors of Salvation from sin, yet are unwilling to share the great Treasure that is Christ’s Salvation with other sinners!

The Devil pays little attention to such ‘dumb-dog’ Christians. By their silence concerning the ‘new song’ of Christ’s Salvation, they are doing no harm to the Devil or his vile kingdom – as he and his legions of fallen angels seek to keep millions of souls in trapped in the darkness of unbelief.  Therefore, he leaves them to their cowardice and only focuses on causing trouble for the true witnesses of Christ Jesus.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
(2 Timothy 3:12)

New song Christians are Spiritually regenerate believers in Christ; trusting in Him for Salvation; and seeking to serve the One Who has redeemed us by His own precious and sinless Blood.  We do this by singing the new song loud and clear for all other unsaved souls to hear the glad tidings of freedom in Christ the Lamb.

The Devil is dealt a deadly blow by the open witness and testimony of the truly saved saint.  Our honest testimony of how the Lord Jesus saved us from our sins, is our most powerful weapon in the endless Spiritual Battle with evil.

“And they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

Verse 3.  “And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. At the Passover, before His passion, our Lord sang one of the grand old Psalms of praise; but what is the music of His heart now, in the midst of His redeemed!  What a song is that in which His glad heart forever leads the chorus of the elect!  Not Miriam’s tabor, nor Moses’ triumphant hymn o’er Miriam’s chivalry can for a moment rival that ever new and exulting song.  Justice magnified and grace victorious; Hell subdued and Heaven glorified; death destroyed and immortality established; sin overthrown and righteousness resplendent; what a theme for a hymn in that day when our Lord drinketh the red wine new with us all in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom!”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 193)

Thought: If God has put the Salvation song in our mouths – let us sing it out loud enough for other souls to hear, and come in faith to the foot of Christ’s Cross.

Patience In the 'Horrible Pit' Psalm 40:2

Text: “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a Rock, and established my goings.”
                                                                                                                      Psalm 40:2.

Good morning, Christian in a horrible pit!  Life for true and genuine, Bible-believing Christians in this increasingly apostate 21st Century can be very difficult indeed.  IF we are seeking to serve the risen Christ Jesus as the militant soldiers He has called us to be – we shall experience many such metaphorical ‘horrible pits’.  Fact. 

If you and I do not suffer some form of persecution, hindrance, marginalization at the hands of the world, the flesh, and the Devil in this day of increased evil and unbelief – then I must conclude that we are NOT really true Christians at all!  Let this sobering thought awaken us to harsh reality this morning!  We must examine ourselves NOW!

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL suffer persecution.  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou has learned them; and that from a child thou has known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto Salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”  (2 Timothy 3:12-13)

Verse 2. “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit.  All those international recipients who have been receiving my weekly Bible Lessons consistently over the past two decades, are well aware of God’s testimony of saving grace to me, ‘a very real sinner, who was, and continues to be, in constant need of a very real Saviour’!  (See ‘More About Kenny’ on the Blog, or purchase Brent Riggs’ Book, ‘Terrorist to Evangelist’ on his website)

The Lord God, through the reading of an old Prison Issue Bible in 1979, while in solitary confinement, serving two Life sentences as a political terrorist - granted me His gift of repentance, and faith to believe that I was indeed ‘a chief among sinners’, on my way to a Christ-rejecter’s Hell; and in desperate need of Salvation through the Cross of Christ Jesus alone. Only God the Spirit can ‘quicken’, make alive, dead souls.

“For the Son of man (Jesus Christ) is come to seek and to save that (Spiritually dead sinners) which was lost.”  (Luke 19:10)

I was in a very ‘horrible pit’, the infamous H Blocks of the High Security Maze Prison, here in Northern Ireland, UK.  Only Christ Himself could ever lift me out of that particular ‘pit’ – and He did, praise God He did! 

He gave me faith to believe His Word, granted me repentance from my vile 32 years of sin; redeemed me by His own sinless and precious Blood shed for me on Calvary’s Cross – and on August 12th 1979, I was born again, saved for Eternity by the matchless grace of a truly loving and merciful Lord God Almighty.  Hallelujah!  This is REAL!  Christ saves repentant sinners!  Glory, Glory, Glory to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world! 

“Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12)

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.”  (1 Timothy 1:15-16)

Christ lifts the souls of ‘His people’ out of all ‘horrible pits’, bringing Salvation to the Father’s elect, and greater glory indeed to His altogether Holy and lovely Name.

“Now unto the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.”  (1 Timothy 1:17)

Verse 2.  “…An horrible pit. Some of the pits referred to in the Bible were prisons, one such I saw at Athens, and another at Rome.  To these there were no openings, except a hole at the top which served for both door and window.  The bottoms of these pits were necessarily in a filthy and revolting state, and sometimes deep in mud.”  (John Gadsby 1862)

Verse 2.  ‘…Out of the miry clay. Once give a man a good foothold, and a burden is greatly lightened, but to be loaded and to be placed on slimy, slippery clay, is to be tried doubly.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 193)

Verse 2.  “…And set my feet upon a Rock. There would be no lasting point in lifting someone out of one pool of slippery, slimy, miry clay, only to place that person’s feet back into another such quagmire of filth and slime.  Thus, the Lord God not only lifts the repentant sinner’s Spiritual feet out of the slimy clay of his/her sins, but then immediately sets the saved one’s feet upon Christ, the Rock of our Salvation.  God grants us an Eternal Standing – in Christ Jesus the sure and steadfast Rock. Hallelujah!

Verse 2.  “…And established my goings.  When the shepherd rescues his sheep out of a swamp, he always sets the feet of the rescued sheep on solid and safe ground.  Otherwise sheep, being mere sheep, would just naturally wander straight back into the mud and slime out of which they had been rescued.  Sinful mankind will always do the same.  That is why we need the Lord not only to save us, but to establish our goings daily through the great Lamp that is His Holy Word: the KJV Bible!

Thought: If you are in some ‘horrible pit’ today – wait patiently and faithfully for the sure rescue promised by the Lord God.  Christ will never let us down!

Psalm 40: The Christian & The Christ Psalm 40:1

Text: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”
                                                                                                                        Psalm 40:1.
Good morning, Christian blighted by impatience!  If this description fits you today, dear friend in Christ – I can assure you that, I am ashamed to say, it suits me also.  Of all things lacking in the author’s Christian witness and faith – in my latter years especially, I am become a most impatient man!  Please pray for me, dear reader, and I will pray for you?  The Lord Jesus Christ loves honest, impatient Christians, just as much as he love the successfully patient ones.  Praise God it is so!   Amen.

Dictionary Definition: Patience – (noun) the quality of being able calmly to endure suffering, toil, delay, vexation, or any similar condition; sufferance…Patient – (adjective) sustaining pain, delay, etc. calmly and without complaint; not easily provoked; persevering in long continued or intricate work; expecting with calmness; long-suffering; enduring…  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 1193)

Impatience, therefore is the lack of this vital grace, as defined above, and a level of inability with which to calmly endure suffering, pain, delay, vexation, etc.  In other words, the author is a Christian man who is known ‘…not to suffer fools gladly…’, and one who can be quite impulsive due to a lack of calm patience.  This is merely self-honesty!

“O wretched man that I am!  Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”  (Romans 7:24-25)

In Psalm 40: we can clearly see both the Christian and the Christ: David in this Old Testament time of inspired writing, and Christ Jesus in time and Eternity.

Subject: Jesus is evidently here (in Psalm 40), and although it might not be a violent wrestling of language to see both David and his Lord, both Christ and the church, the double comment might involve itself in obscurity, and therefore we shall let the sun shine even though this should conceal the stars.  Even if the New Testament were not so express upon it, we should have concluded that David spoke of our Lord in verses 6-9, but the apostle in Hebrews 10:5-9 puts all conjecture out of court and confines the meaning to Him Who came into the world to do the Father’s will.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 193)

Verse 1. “I waited patiently for the Lord.  Patient waiting upon God was a special characteristic of our Lord Jesus.  Impatience never lingered in His heart, much less escaped His lips.  All through His agony in the Garden, His trial of cruel mockings before Herod and Pilate, and His passion on the Tree, He waited in omnipotence of patience.  No glance of murmuring, no deed of vengeance came from God’s patient Lamb; He waited and waited on; was patient, and patient to perfection, far excelling all others who have according to their measure glorified God in the fires.  Job on the dunghill does not equal Jesus on the Cross.  The Christ of God wears the imperial crown among the patient.  Did the only Begotten wait, and shall we be petulant and rebellious?”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 193)

Oh that you and I, dear Reader, might be more like the Lamb Whom we love!

Verse 1. “I waited patiently.  Rather anxiously; the original has it, waiting I waited; a Hebraism, which signifies vehement solicitude.”  (Daniel Cresswell 1776-1844)

The patience the Psalmist is referring to is a patience that is not entirely passive but  marked by, or evincing, an urgency and forcefulness born of strong conviction.  It is a totally determined patience that will wait out the most violent assaults of opposing forces, until the violence of such oppositions and hindrances are spent, and wear themselves out upon such patience, without any over-coming success on their part.

“Our Lord’s patience under suffering was an element of perfection in His work.  Had He become impatient, as we often do, and lost heart, His Atonement would have been vitiated (rendered ineffective, faulty).  Well may we rejoice that in the midst of all His temptations and in the thickest of the battle against sin and Satan, He remained patient and willing to finish the work which His Father had given Him to do.”  (James Frame 1869)

In spite of all our puny faults and failings of human patience – as ‘born again’ believers in Christ Jesus – we are still exhorted to WAIT, to be as patient as we can be, knowing that the Living Lord God Almighty is always present with us in our trials and testings, and that He is, will, and will always be, working circumstances together for our eventual good.  Praise His gracious Name!

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted in the earth.  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”  (Psalm 46:10)

“And we (the elect) know that all things (even the negative!) work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

“…And lo (look and understand), I AM (Jehovah God) with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  (Matthew 28:20)

Verse 1. “He inclined unto me. Can we not hear the Lord’s Divine Voice informing us afresh: ‘Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.’”  (Jeremiah 33:3)  Pray earnestly, God will hear.

Thought: The Lord God is patiently waiting to hear our cry, and to a answer us.

5. Regenerative Prayer! Psalm 39:12-13

Text: “Hear my prayer O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not Thy peace at my tears; for I am a stranger with Thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.  O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
                                                                                                              Psalm 39:12-13.

Good morning, ‘low-battery Christian’!  As your eyes light upon this weekly Bible Lesson,  perhaps you know in your heart of hearts that you are not ‘firing on all cylinders’ in your Christian commitment to the Living Lord Christ Who has suffered and died on that cruel Cross to save your never-dying soul.  You are, perhaps, very aware of your luke-warm state in Christ, and know your deep need to be recovered out of the state you are presently in. 

If this is your case this morning, praise God that He has already made you aware of your urgent need of renewal!  Praise God, He is not ignoring your luke-warm state!  Praise God, He has caused your eyes to light upon this Scriptural message this morning, for after reading this exposition from God’s Word, you shall be ready to receive His regenerative power again.  Hallelujah!  What a loving and gracious Lord God we seek to serve!

If the Lord God is making you aware that your Spiritual ‘battery’ is low in power – get ‘plugged in’ to God’s Word; open your Bible with zeal to learn and receive the renewal of Spiritual power you so desperately need.  Do so right now, Christian!

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)

“So then faith cometh by hearing (reading), and hearing by the Word of God.”  (Romans 10:17)

‘Low-battery Christians’ are true and genuine ‘born again’ believers, who seem to have forgotten how they were first regenerated from having a DEAD spirit, to being blessed with a full-powered Spiritual nature from God!  Having forgotten how they were first saved from Spiritual death, they are currently at loss as to how they might recharge the Spiritual life they have been blessed with.  Sad, but too often true.  

Reminding such ‘low-battery Christians’ of how they were originally Spiritually regenerated, can be the knowledge they desperately need to be empowered anew for active service in the army of Christ Jesus.

Therefore, we must take such forgetful Christians back to the day of their Salvation, and from that vantage point, direct them to God’s Word once again.

“And you hath He (the Spirit of God, God the Spirit) quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sin…Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved).”  (Ephesians 2:1;5)

1. Election: God the Father elected us to be Eternally saved, before the foundation of the world, and gave us to His Son, Christ Jesus, Who would save us in the appointed time.

“Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in My Name, He may give it you.”  (John 15:16)

2. Salvation: Quickened by God the Spirit to know our sinful state, Christ’s impeccable righteousness; and the judgement that must surely come – the Lord drew us with His cords of love and truth to know the way of Salvation in the full Atonement Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cruel Cross; and to receive his gracious gift of Salvation faith in Him.  We were ‘born again’ of God the Spirit, and adopted into the Spiritual family of the Living Lord God Jehovah.  We were truly saved by Christ.

“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out, for I came down from Heaven , not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.”  (John 6:37-38)

3.  Empowered:  We could never have done this great thing by a making a mere human decision; or being born into a Christian family; or by some super-human act of the fallen human will.  God had to empower us to become His Spiritual children.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe (trust) on His Name: which were born, not of blood (family relationship), nor of the will of the flesh (human willpower), nor of the will of man (human reasoning and decision-making), but of God.”  (John 1:12-13)

4. Kept Secure:  Once genuinely saved, we shall always be securely saved – IF we are really the elect of God!  God does the convincing of our sin; God does the ‘quickening’ of our spirit; God does the redeeming of our souls; God does the saving of our souls – and therefore, God alone is tasked with the keeping of all souls He has truly saved.  ‘Salvation is of the Lord’, from beginning to end.  Glory to His Name!

We are “…KEPT by the power of God through faith unto Salvation…” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Thought:  God’s Word was the means of receiving this Salvation grace.  Therefore, it is God’s Word that must renew in faith all those who are lacking in Spiritual power to serve the Living Lord God Who has redeemed our never-dying souls from our sin.  In God’s great Name I say unto you, ‘Live in the full power of the Spirit of God, Christian!  Lift that Bible and recharge your spirit!’