Pictures from London - Oxford Circus, in Oxford Street
Welcome to the crowded street called, Oxford street, where everyone who is young wants to go and at least do some window shopping... It's like "the west end" in London, one street with lots of shops. Usually when you go there are so many people that you have to make your way around and not be pushed and kicked. This particular picture was taken at the exit from the Oxford Circus tube station. I am still wondering if there's a way to go shopping in Oxford Street and still be one with the Lord, still be in the organic union with Him...
Have You Been Regenerated? I Can Tell It by Just Looking at Your Face and by Your Response!
Today I heard this story again and it really impressed me, so I thought I should share it the best I can on the blog...
There once was a pastor of a certain religious flavor, and he preached justification by faith to his congregation. Unfortunately, though he preached it, he himself was not saved - he was not justified. He spoke about justification by faith to the people in his congregation, but he himself was not saved. Rather, he was an opium smoker and "dealer"! How about that - both a pastor and an opium addict + smuggler! Opium is a drug, by the way, and it creates addiction ... so this pastor was not saved, was doing opium, and he was speaking about justification by faith to the ones in his congregation.
One day a sister who preached the gospel came and spoke in his church, and she was a true believer - she believed into the Lord, loved the Lord, and spoke about being saved! After speaking about regeneration and the simple way to receive the Lord, after the whole service would end, she would go to the door and shake everyone's hand, greet them, and ask them,
Have You Been Regenerated?
One day the pastor himself, as he was coming out of the church, was asked by this lady with a smile on her face, Sir, are you regenerated? He was shocked by this question and abruptly responded, Of course I'm regenerated! I'm the pastor here and I speak in this church! But then she replied, I can tell it by just looking at your face, sir, and by your response, that you are NOT regenerated! ... - this really made the pastor angry, and he went to his home thinking of many ways to cause the lady "bodily harm".
While he was at home devising a plan how to harm this sister because of her question and her exposing him, the Lord spoke to him and he realized what he was about to do. He was exposed by the Lord and fell upon his knees - he repented to the Lord with tears and invited Him in his heart.... At that time, he was regenerated! Praise the Lord! The next time when she saw him, she told him again - yes, sir, I know you are regenerated, I can see it on your face!I may have left some details out of the story or maybe I told it a bit different, but I hope you get the gist of it. The fact that you "go to church" or even "preach in the church" may not mean that you are regenerated. Or, taking it a bit further, the fact that you're born in a Christian family, a Christian community, or a Christian country, this does not guarantee that you yourself are a Christian! For a person to be regenerated he needs to see the Lord and receive Him into his heart by repenting of his sins and calling on the name of the Lord! And then a sinner becomes a son of God - a God-man! Everyone can see it on his face - his face shines!
And going even further - we may be believers in the Lord, but many times we are not even smiling, and our face is not expressing Christ. O Lord Jesus! We need to be saved much more in His life (Rom. 5:10) now that we have been reconciled to the Lord! We need to be saved every morning! We need to be saved all the way throughout the day, in every moment! What about at lunch time - we need to be saved then too! Even before going to bed, we need to be saved continually! We need to be saved to such an extent that we fully express You in everything!
[Do YOU have an experience of being saved recently? Do you know of someone who NEEDS to be saved?]