Many professing Christians are actually not believers at all. Rather, they are beleavers. A lot of time is wasted talking to and trying to reason with beleavers. The issue is not that beleavers don't understand what God says. The problem is that there's still sin in the camp.
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.
Monday, January 11, 2016
However, I noticed that not everyone did. Some would walk with others down the street and continued to do so, even as they saw people coming towards them. When I encountered such persons, I would automaticaly step on to the grass or street so that they could pass. In response, they did not say thank you nor even give a smile of acknowledgement or apology; they just kept walking as if I was not even there.
After this happened for the third time, I realized in shock that these people expected me to move out of their way. They felt entitled and had no consideration for others. They would just bogart their way and expected everyone else to just get out of their way. Even worse was the realization that I instinctively deferred to these persons every time, without hesitation. Why was I so diffident?
The next time I saw such persons, I did not move. I did not sidestep into the street. I stood my ground right where I was. Some eventually moved over so that we all could pass each other. Some never did, even bumping into me and looking at me as if I had lost my mind for not moving out of their way. I began to wonder why some - by their behavior - seemed to believe that they were worth more than others, while such as myself - by our behavior - seemed to believe that we were worth nothing.
Friday, November 20, 2015
The demons know who God is. They cried out in terror when Jesus Christ walked the earth.
"And they screamed out, “What business do we have [in common] with each other, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time [of judgment]?”" Matthew 8:29
Demons even have some insight into Gods ways, understanding that Jesus' 1st coming was not His time to bring judgment against sin.
Most importantly, demons tremble in fear at the presence of Jesus Christ because they know that - in spite of their belief - they are still damned to Hell. They understand that the mere knowledge of who Jesus is will not save them from eternal damnation. Can we let that sink in for a minute?
The majority of Christians think they are "saved" because they acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for their sins. With this contemporary Christian faith, what people believe (in their heads) has no affect on who they are (in their hearts). I "believe", yet fornicate. I "believe", yet lie. I "believe", yet steal. I "believe", but I am filled with profanity... If this is the totality of their faith, then it makes them the equivalent of demons...and they will face the same destiny.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Be emboldened brothers and sisters! Stand unwavering on the truths of God as outlined in His word, for He is with you. His word will not return void, but it will accomplish what He has sent it forth to do.
There will be mockers who try to entice you into worldly and ungodly discourses. Ignore them. Your words are not for them, but for those who have ears to hear. The Lord knows those who are His.
While you sow seeds of life to draw others to Christ, keep your eye single and remember this, "What is the chaff to the wheat?"
Saturday, October 31, 2015
"For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies." II Thessalonians 3:11
"And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not." I Timothy 5:13
busybodies: Greek word periergazomai meaning to bustle about uselessly, to busy one's self about trifling, needless, useless matters; used apparently of a person officiously inquisitive about other's affairsGossiping about others was not my problem; in fact, I make it a point to stay out of such conversations. However, that is not the only meaning of the word. I recently came across a slightly different understanding where I have to admit I was a real offender.
busybodies: Greek word periergos meaning busy about trifles and neglectful of important matters; esp. busy about other folks' affairs