Personally involved

July 13, 2018

He watches over and is personally involved with every one of his people:

(Isaiah 40:29) “He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.”

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Underestimating

July 13, 2018

Don’t underestimate the role of the Spirit of God inside a believer, for that would be to underestimate what God can do in us.

And to misunderstand the role of the Spirit of God in us would be to misunderstand everything.

Who he is

July 12, 2018

It’s important to realize that the good news of Jesus Christ is the good news about WHO HE IS …. and his life, death and resurrection established who he is. He is wonderful. He is the only begotten Son of God, and there is eternal life only in him.

 

 

Amazing claim

July 12, 2018

“Without me, you can do nothing”

~ Jesus Christ

What an amazing claim!

Someone turns up and says without him you can do nothing.

If anyone other than Jesus claimed such a thing you would rightly classify them insane.

So Jesus is either insane, or he is truly who he said he was.

Revealing

July 11, 2018

I don’t think it’s good for Christians to debate politics, and yet people’s political views often reveal their core values.

…or lack of values, I should say.

 

Noah and grace

July 11, 2018

Someone writes: “Grace did not save Noah, obedience did!”

My reply: It was the grace and mercy of God that he chose Noah to build the Ark, showed him how, and helped him build it.

Correlation

July 11, 2018

There’s a correlation between those who passionately seek the face of God daily, passionately desiring to be holy and know God, with whether or not a person has and uses the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The shallow Christian sometimes wonders why he doesn’t have the gifts of the Spirit.

Eternal Security

July 10, 2018
“Eternal Security” ? Absolutely! IF you believe and continue to believe, but NOT if your heart departs from the Lord.
 
“IF” is a condition. There is no unconditional Eternal Security promised in the Bible.
 
We are “kept by the power of God” – we are being kept and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and yet, IF a Christian sins it is not that the Holy Spirit somehow failed to stop them.
 
If so, we could justly blame God for our backsliding and accuse him of failing to keep us from sin. It would be his fault if you take away free will.
 
This condition of “IF” does not cause doubt in the genuine Christian, however it does kindle the genuine, holy fear of God in their hearts.

Fellowship with God

July 10, 2018

In fellowship with God, you hear his voice, and he hears yours – you answer him, and he answers you.

No neutrality

July 10, 2018

Man can’t be neutral, he can’t be a vacuum, he either loves God or he loves something else in the place of God.

Pastors and Facebook

July 9, 2018

This issue came up today: Does your pastor (or pastors) read your Facebook posts? Or is he unaware of the things you post of Facebook?

If not, isn’t there a disconnection from reality there, in such a way that maybe he’s not really a shepherd to you, in real life?

Biblically, the elders (plural) of a local church are the pastors or shepherds, so you never have “a pastor” but always more than one pastor, and one of the reasons for this is to avoid a hierarchy.

I hope just the mention of the word “reality” would wake some of my brethren up.

A good man, a good woman

July 9, 2018

Brother, you make a good man, but a lousy woman.

Sister, you make a good woman, but a lousy man.

Assembling and Assembly

July 9, 2018

The Greek word for church is Eklessia, which means an assembly. It’s an interesting word, because the noun and the verb are the same: the act of assembling, and the actual assembly is the same thing. If you don’t do the act of assembling, you can’t say you are in the assembly.

Calvin’s faulty logic

July 9, 2018

According to John Calvin’s logic, if a believer begins to backslide, begins to go back to their old life, the only logical conclusion he or she can draw is they were never born again (regenerated) to begin with, which is a false conclusion.

But the Biblical perspective such a truly born again person should have is the fear of God: they should boldly confess: “Lord, if I continue in the way of sin it means I am continuing to reject you, and you would be holy and just to blot my name out of the Book of Life”.

The good news and the bad news

July 8, 2018
(Romans 1:16-20 [KJV]) [16] “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. [17] For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; [19] Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. [20] For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
 
First, he mentions “good news”, that salvation is available to all by faith in Jesus Christ, then he mentions “bad news” – the wrath of God revealed from heaven, which targets the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, so… the good news is particularly good news because of the bad news, that all are guilty and under the wrath of God. And it says here that people know they are under God’s wrath, because “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven” (of course, they may deny they know). God has first revealed his wrath to all, because “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and God is revealing his grace, the good news, that Christ bore the sin and guilt of the whole world, so that whoever believes on him can be saved.

God answers prayer

July 8, 2018

One of the exciting facts of life is God answers prayer.

The highlight of my week

July 7, 2018

Going to church is still the highlight of my week, after 30 years.

Please show me

July 7, 2018

We can ask anyone in the world to pray this prayer:

 

“God, if Jesus Christ is really who he said he is, the Son of God, then please show me.”

Existentialism

July 7, 2018

 

by Jim Wright

What is existentialism, and why does it matter?

Existentialist is a worldly philosophy which believes that each individual can define – on their own terms – what is true, right and real based on their own perceptions and personal sensibilities.

Many “Christians” do this, whether consciously or not.

They often claim to have a “high view” of Scripture, but then discount anything in it which contradicts their own perceptions and sensibilities.

Whether they call themselves “Emergent”, “Progressive”, “Red Letter Christians”, “Beyond Evangelical”, “Neo-orthodox” or whatever …

They set themselves over God’s plenary authority of Scripture by defining truth, reality and morality on their own terms when it suits their own purposes.

Inevitably, this leads them to project their own perceptions and sensibilities onto Jesus Himself …

To then create their own “Christ” after their own likeness and image.

In essence, they end up worshipping themselves by deceiving themselves through their false Christ …

Who is nothing more than a projection of themselves.

Like any idol, this “Jesus” of their own creation then justifies their religion of self …

Both to themselves (whether knowingly or not) and to those they seek to deceive (again, whether knowingly or not).

Unfortunately, our “churches” today are filled with such people …

Because many “churches” find it’s easier to cater to such narcissism than call for true repentance.

Existential deception is a defining issue of our times because the real Jesus didn’t choose to leave everything up to our personal foibles and follies …

But chose to authoritatively define Himself – and what is ultimately true, real and right – through Scripture as His written Word.

Anything less is a lie.

What we are like on the inside

July 7, 2018

Mirrors don’t lie. What you see in the mirror – that’s you. Likewise, the word of God is the mirror of our soul, showing us what we are on the inside.