Text: “As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the Presence of God.”
morning, straight-talking Christian!
When you come before the Living Lord God in prayer, the words that you
use are straight-talking words; clear words that are spoken from your very
heart in humble submission to God of very God: our Divine Father in
Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name…” (Matthew 6:9)
fathers, in love for their little children, can often look down upon them and
almost read their tiny minds, knowing what they are about to ask them, before
they actually ask.
more then, does our Heavenly Father already KNOW what is in our hearts and
minds when we come before His Almighty Presence in prayer?
it is of no positive use for us to be what some might call ‘mealie mouthed’
(over-squeamish, especially in choice of words…) in prayer to a Lord God Who
already knows what is really in our hearts.
No. We must strive to be straight-talkers
when in the place of prayer with the Lord God.
ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they
shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be ye not therefore like them: for your Father knoweth what things
ye have need of, before ye ask.” (Matthew 6:7-8)
Bible text from Psalm 68, we see the Psalmist already well persuaded what he
needs to pray for, when focusing on God’s enemies – the world, the flesh, and
the Devil. He is not holding back, or seeking
to cover what he really needs to pray for in a covering of false piety, or
equivocation. No. His prayer is straight-talking prayer to
Almighty God, for what the Lord God Himself has seen fit to have written for
instruction in His own infallible Word: “As smoke is driven away, so
drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at
the Presence of God.” There is no
equivocation in these clear words!
professing Christians today, within this increasingly apostate 21st
Century church of men-pleasers, are devoid of what we might define as a
Spiritual back-bone. Too often, we find
Pastors, and men in leadership of ‘the church international and universal’, who
are so much LESS than straight-talking, Christ-motivated; Spirit-inspired
speakers. There seems to be no passion in them! God’s Word is truth! Let’s be passionate about it!
“To the Law
and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because
there is no light in them.” (Isaiah
(1840) comments on Verses 1-3 of Psalm 68: “The
words of the text contain a prayer for the second advent of the Lord Jesus
Christ. As members of the Christian
church, we continually profess our faith in the second coming of Christ; and,
it may be, that we sometimes meditate upon His glorious appearance; but have
we, like David, adopted it as one of the subjects of our address at the throne
of grace?... Has our faith ever enabled us to take up the language of the text,
and say, Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also that
hate Him flee before Him? Never
shall the honour of Christ be complete, nor His people happy, nor the righteous
be glad and rejoice exceedingly, until God arise and His enemies be
scattered.” (Alexander McCaul, in ‘Plain
Sermons on Subjects Practical and Prophetic’.)
From 44 years of often harsh experience, I can affirm the fact that straight-talking
Christian witnesses, Pastors, Bible-believing Teachers – are seldom fully
received in many little ‘holy-huddle church groups’, that are ‘proud of the
fact that 'we never offend anyone.’ Groan…
state very plainly, dear Reader, that if you and I, as forthright,
straight-talking Christian witnesses - of the new birth in Christ; of the real
Cross of Jesus; of a Heaven that’s Holy and a Hell that’s hot – do NOT succeed
in often offending our hearers by our straight-talking, there is something
lacking in the power of our Christian witness. The truth hurts, and the truth
should always hurt the hearts, minds, and very souls of sinners dead in
trespasses and sins. It is such
soul-searching words of God’s truth that sets the captives free.
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…If the Son (the Lord
Jesus Christ) therefore shall make you free ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:32-36)
there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved.”
our hearers that there is only ONE way to have sins forgiven and to go to an
Eternal Heaven – and that way is through the full Atonement Sacrifice of the
Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross – offends them. So be it!
Truth cannot change to suit hearers.
If I can ‘offend’
a precious soul all the way into Heaven – that is what I must do!
enemies beware – it will not end good for your immortal soul.
“As the smoke is driven away. They fume in pride; they darken the sky with their malice;
they mount higher and higher in arrogance; they defile wherever they
prevail. Lord, let Thy breath, Thy
Spirit, Thy Providence, make them vanish forever from the march of Thy
people. Philosophic scepticism is flimsy
and as foul as smoke; may the Lord deliver His church from the reek of it.”
(C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 290-291)
“As wax melteth before the fire.” The wicked, Christ-rejecters, and
Gospel-haters seem today to stand impregnable and victorious in their
anti-Christian stance; their foul-legislations; their oppositions to God’s Word
veiled in the words of Human Rights.
However, have you ever watched a candle’s
reaction when once the wick is lit by a flame?
Immediately, the wax of the candle begins to melt into liquid, its
back-bone as it were, disintegrates into nothingness; what we thought looked
firm and strong, becomes less than weak and watery, and turns to a substance
made only to fuel the candle’s fire. (Dr C.K. McClinton 1947-?)
God Almighty is a thrice Holy Lord Being Who, in all His three Persons, cannot
tolerate sin for a mini-moment. In order
to remain an absolutely Holy Lord God, God must punish all and every sin – in
word, thought, and in deed. Fact.
we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may
serve God acceptably with reverence and fear: for our God is a consuming fire.”
we Christians believe our KJV Bibles – we must be straight in proclaiming its
truths, no matter who is humanly offended.
God’s truth does not change. (Numbers 23:19)