Do you know that you can wage a war with all of your strength, using every weapon you have, going full steam ahead...and yet still be vulnerable to the enemy due to having an unprotected war front? Are there certain areas of your life that you know God wants you to deal with, but you delay? You must build up the breaches.
Nothing speaks so clearly to the fact that God alone is the Creator of all than to see what happens to man when he turns away from God. If there is no God, then man in his most vile state should still be able to flourish from a societal perspective...but this has never happened. What is the leading predictor of society's decline? Their views on sex.
One of the characteristics of man in the last days is that he will be high-minded. We must not seek after the wisdom of men. Our goal must be to redeem the times we are in and seek God while He may be found so that we are conformed into His image and prepared for every good work.
We know that Jesus came as the second Adam to crucify the old sin nature which man was born with as a result of the fall. However, Scripture also makes plain what exemplifies that nature and shows exactly what was crucified on the cross.
Don't think that a bunch of activity means you are close to the Lord. Oftentimes, a bunch of fervor in religious circles is a cover for those who are actually running away from Christ. They are a lot of good - but dead - works.
When God changes your heart into a reflection of His own and grants you new life in Him by His Spirit, the natural result is gratitude
What God decrees is not up for human debate or input. God is not concerned with humanistic perspectives of "fairness". He does exactly what He wants to do, for He is sovereign. Further, even His enemies can only do what He allows and likewise serve to fulfill His purposes.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
I remained that way for a while after the song ended, and when I finally opened my eyes, one of the sisters in the church was looking at me quizzically. She asked, "Where were you?"
"I don't know." I responded in an aggravated tone, "Where were you?" I have to admit that I didn't appreciate her calling me out like that. Why would she ask me that when I was doing exactly what everyone else was doing? Wasn't this what we were all supposed to do anyway? Was I just not doing it right? That is when I realized, "Not everybody is playing."
See, I thought you got saved in order to become religious. You came to Jesus, acknowledged that sin is wrong (which is not the same as repentance by the way), joined a church, and tried to live as a good person. Nobody was really changed. Nobody could really know the Lord, let alone hear Him speak directly to them. Nobody could really overcome sin. God knows we are flawed human beings and all that He expects is that we try our best to do what is right. Aren't we all just trying our best to do right?
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Have you ever wondered about this verse? I have. When I first read it, I am sure my physical expression looked dumbfounded. What in the world did it mean?
Didn't both Adam & Eve disobey God? Yes.
Didn't they both eat of the forbidden fruit? Yes.
Didn't they both fall into sin? Yes.
Then what distinction was God making here?
deceived: Greek word apataō meaning cheated, beguiled, deceivedSatan subtly tricked Eve into believing that his words were true.
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty..." Corinthians 11:3a
Yet Adam, who was with her, was not deceived (Genesis 3:6). He knew that Satan was perverting God's words and knew that Satan's words were lies.
So that begs the question, why didn't Adam correct & stop Eve? Why also did he partake of the forbidden fruit? Knowing fully that such would bring death, why would Adam choose to follow Eve's error? The answer is clear in God's judgement.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
What is it like to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and what can you expect to happen when you do? As the overview of the book And They Overcame states, that path is as distinct and diverse as each one who traverses it.
Here is a great resource detailing testimonials of a few who have come to know Jesus Christ. These testimonials not olny speak to the continued veracity & relevance of the Scriptures, they affirm that Jesus Christ is still very much alive today!
I hope this book blesses you and strengthens your own testimony in the faith.
This book is comprised of 21 personal handwritten testimonies of how real people entered into salvation and how Jesus Christ became a reality in their lives. Each account is different and distinct because every person on earth is faced with a different set of circumstances and living situations. Even though all of these people are coming from different backgrounds, they all have one thing in common; Jesus Christ has brought salvation to their souls and is delivering them from the shackles of sin and death.
Friday, August 14, 2015
I can attest to this struggle, having gone through it myself. In fact, I can say that I still encounter situations where I have to make this choice and the Lord uses those to show me other areas in my life where soul ties with these familiar spirits need to be broken.
Drifting Away From My Core
I will make an honest confession. I care what people think about me. Sometimes to my own detriment. I encountered a situation today that left me somewhat emotional. While I attempted to fight back tears, I had to ask myself why I felt so hurt. When I came to the realization of the origins of those feelings, I let the tears go and cried. I cried, not because of what the person said to me, but I cried due to the realization that I still greatly care about what people think of me and how they view me. I was heartbroken that this person I have known and loved for years would utter comments towards me that were not in the affirmative because of a difference in opinion, and I was hurt. My reaction caught me off guard.
I'd done so well pretending not to care how I was perceived by certain groups or individuals and talked big talk like I was ready to let things run off my back like water. I thought I had shaken the feelings of needing to be liked and accepted by others because of the personal stances I took on certain issues. I thought I was as strong on the inside as my talk would lead one to believe, but the talk proved to be a smoke screen for something weak on the inside.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
I have been praying lately for more boldness. This is something which also the disciples asked for prayer.
"And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word." Acts 4:29
"And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:19-20
Variations of the world "bold" appear various times in the Scriptures, but do you know where it appears the most? In the book of Acts. At the birth of the church, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Jesus Christ and changed them dramatically. Where they had once been afraid, they were now bold. I can think of few other words which so appropriately describe their preaching.
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled..." Acts 4:13
"...they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness" Acts 4:31
"...he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus." Acts 9:27
"And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus..." Acts 9:29
"Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold..." Acts 13:46
"Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord" Acts 14:3
"And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue..." Acts 18:26
"And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months..." Acts 19:8
They needed boldness, not only because they were facing persecution, but because the pressure against Christians to be quiet is supernatural. The satanic powers in the heavenlies attempt to pervert the atmosphere globally so as to prevent the Gospel from being preached. There are spiritual powers at work to stop the mouths of Christians and prevent the testimony of Jesus Christ from being proclaimed, because Satan knows that once this happens, the end will come (Matthew 24:14).