Daily Devotional – Darkness Rather than Light

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INTRO:

As many of you know one of my life verses is John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

I had finished reading a few weeks before Jonathan Edwards classic Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.  It had shaken me to my core for I was just beginning to understand the true sovereignty of God.  My current studies had me in John Chapter 3 and at the about the same time I reached  v.16 a friend gave me a copy of John MacArthur’s book  Why One Way. These three writings forever changed my theology on man and God. I understood from from that time forward that the only thing natural man has to offer God is sin. 


20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:20-21

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

It is hard not to include v.16-18 as the set the pretext for our main text today.  Of course everyone, even most unbelievers know about John 3:16, God’s Love for the world and the Apostle Jon insures we understand just how much God loved us in v.17 and the requirements if you will to receive the free gift of that love in v.18.  All is good here folks love to speak about this “Good News”, God’s Love, the Joyful Union of God’s children. 

Then we get to the ugly stuff. In v.19 John makes it plain that man’s  sinful ways condemn him before a Holy God; for God did indeed send His only begotten Son (light) to save mankind but mankind prefers darkness and evil. 


BREAKDOWN:

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. –  No One likes to be called out for their wrongdoings whether those were intentional or accidental mistakes.  How much more so those who deny the Christ, who purposely do evil always try and hide from others but there is no hiding from God.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. – The exact opposite is true for those who practice righteousness. Their deeds are always open for public scrutiny because they are done for and with God’s help. 


APPLICATION: 

In my studies back in day, of these verses v19-21 I found that the  Greek word translated as “evil,” is phaula, which also means “worthless,” “base,” or “no good.”  Now I am not sure about you but the last thing I want to be called or even considered is a worthless no good person.  Yet that is exactly how God looks upon those who refuse His free gift of Grace, eternal Life through Christ Jesus. Their works, even if mankind looks upon them as ‘good” are worthless and no good in the kingdom of God. 

Unlike some who may not be converted, (saved) I was convinced I already was, this caused me as noted above, to reconsider my relationship with God. Was it all about me and satisfying my needs using God or as (I later learned) and the Westminster Shorter Catechism says :

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

a. Ps. 86:9. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. Isa. 60:21. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. Rom. 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. 1 Cor. 6:20. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor. 10:31. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Rev. 4:11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

b. Ps. 16:5–11. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Ps. 144:15. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. Isa. 12:2. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Luke 2:10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Phil. 4:4. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Rev. 21:3–4. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

putting God first and not me. 

For those who are not believers, who think “Christianity” is a hoax may I suggest reading any one (or more of the following books: The 10 Best Books for Skeptics of Christianity. I have read #1,4,6 and 8 but all of them lead the reader to draw the own conclusions. Numbers 4 and 6 especially; were written by two men who set out to disprove the bible and “Christianity” as  basically nothing more than a crutch. What they found was so much more. 

 

 

Daily Devotional – God’s Wrath

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AMP and RVR 1960

 


CONTEXT:

This may seem like an ugly devotional to start the week but sometimes life is ugly and better to be forewarned than forlorn. 

In v.1-17 Paul expounds upon the excellency of the Gospel to the church at Rome. Culminating in his final two sentences (verses) that explain the Gospel; “…is the power of God for salvation…)”

Paul having described the greatness and Glory of the “Good News” changes themes to the darker side and reminds folks the reason God had to send His only begotten Son as a sacrificial lamb, to die on a cross for everyone’s sin

There are consequences for one’s sin and unbelief. 

 


BREAKDOWN:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; – God is Holy and as such can not overlook sin. His wrath, His complete and utter disgust against all unrighteousness has been revealed from the beginning.  

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. –  God puts the truth in all men, even those who deny Him.

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: – The day will come for all men to stand before their creator and at that time the maximum effective range of their excuses will be ZERO METERS! God will say I gave you plenty of opportunities and you continued to deny me. God’s attributes, His power in creation, His wisdom, goodness, mercy (the list goes on) being continually on display and available for all to see and know.

 


 APPLICATION:

Far to often today God’s wrath is downplayed or takes a back burner so to speak in churches. But with more than 600 references in the bible one would think the opposite would be true. 

I do not often quote C.S. Lewis but this is a good one:

“God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger–according the way you react to it. And we have reacted the wrong way.”

Folks seem to think that God’s wrath and anger (the second holds such a negative connotation in modern times) are similar, they are not! Anger in the modern sense usually refers to sudden uncontrolled outbursts. God’s Wrath in the biblical sense refers to the Righteous Punishment for a Crime (Sin)

Everyone (at least most everyone) has heard or read Romans 3:23 ‘all have sinned and fell short of God’s glory’ God has to deal with His Righteous Wrath towards our wayward (sinful) actions. Hence Christ’s propitiation at Calvary and the Gospel. 

Are you forewarned or forlorn? God puts before you this day the Gospel message or His wrath. 

Daily Devotional – Foundations

34 Bible verses about Reward, For God's People

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Pretty much since I can remember I have had a hammer in my hand so relating to 1 Corinthians 3 Foundations for Living, was right up my alley as they say. 

Paul says v.10 he has skillfully laid the foundation upon which others can build. He is of course referring to the Gospel and his initial visits to the area sharing the Good News and planting churches which others have continued.

In v.11 he makes clear the ONLY foundation he laid and the ONLY one worth laying by anyone is that of Christ Jesus and Him crucified.

Then Paul makes a true builders comment in v.12 when he asks what are you building your foundations with? Are you using quality building materials or junk? 


 

BREAKDOWN: (KJV)

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: – It will become apparent to everyone, (even those you are currently fooling) what you have build you foundation (your beliefs, doctrine, theology) on. 

for the day shall declare it, – What day? Many hold this to be the “Great Day of Judgement” while others (myself included) believe it to be a day (Gill, Calvin) when just the doctrines and false teachings will be exposed. Whichever you ascribe to the message is clear you can not hide on that day.

because it shall be revealed by fire; – All your foundational work will be revealed. Your “Good News” (or lack thereof for pew only Christians) message will stand the test put forth by God. 

and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.-  Paul has spoken of doctrine and personal evangelism figuratively and continues here by using the example of trying by fire. We know that a foundation made of wood, straw or JUNK will not stand up to fire. Neither will a doctrine and personal evangelism based not on the genuine, uncompromised Word of God. The fire of the Holy Spirit will try a person’s soul and show the world the truth of their message.


 

APPLICATION:

What we say, what we share, the “Good News” of Christ should be obviously important to all. Our message (beliefs, doctrine, theology) must be based solely upon the uncompromising, unadulterated, Holy Word of God.

The message is simple, God will judge everyone not on works to get into heaven, for we know that is impossible. But he will judge us on what we do (or do not do) after our heavenly home is secure 2 Corinthians 5:10.

What is your foundation looking like today? 

 

 

Daily Devotional – The Heart

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:9-10

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (AMP and RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

83% of Americans surveyed think folks are inherently or fundamentally good. Maybe they get this belief from quotes like the following: 

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While it is undeniable (Genesis 1:31) that man was originally made “GOOD” and in fact “Perfect” his betrayal of God and subsequent sin nature means his “New Nature” is one of evil conceived from birth (Psalm 51:5 ) and acknowledged by all who know not Christ ( John 3:19 ).

Those who claim or believe man is fundamentally “good” are wrong. One has only to look at the recent news to confirm this. 


BREAKDOWN:

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, The human heart is the source of all idolatry and sin

and desperately wicked: It harbors all the deceit needed to do that which is evil (Immoral, Illegal, Unethical)

who can know it? –  Those who pretend to understand the human heart, are only fooling themselves and others. ONLY God can know your true heart’s intent we, apart from Christ are blinded by idolatry (Ambition, greed, fame, etc.)

10 I the Lord search the heart,  You can’y hide from God, He knows the heart, true desires of everyone

I try the reins,   He searches the innermost parts the very depths of man looking so that there is no excuse

even to give every man according to his ways,  Folks claim they want fairness and justice, someday when the unrepentant stand before a Holy God they will regret that sentiment 

and according to the fruit of his doings –  For God will judge them righteously according to all they have done, and as we say in the south it will be ugly. 


APPLICATION:

The bible makes it clear man is totally corrupt1689 Chapter 6) and deserves eternal punishment in hell. 

The “GOOD NEWS” of the Gospel is we do not have to live in this depraved state (Second Corinthians 5:17). Christ, died for our sins at Calvary and freely offers the gift of eternal life to all who repent and acknowledge His as “Lord and Savior” of their lives. Is the Holy Spirit tugging at your heartstrings? Do you feel the burden of sin weighing you down?  Answer the call to repentance today and be free from a depraved and corrupt heart. 

 

Foolish Preaching

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Porque la palabra de la cruz es locura a los que se pierden; pero a los que se salvan, esto es, a nosotros, es poder de Dios. (RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

Again depending upon which modern translation or version of the bible you use it may have headings that separate sections with themes. The CSB and ESV for example divide Chapter 1 as follows:

v.1-3 –    Greeting

v.4-9 –    Thanksgiving

v.10-17 – Divisions at Corinth

v.18-25 – Christ the Power and Wisdom of God (ESV goes v.18-31)

v.26-31 – Boasting only in the Lord (CSB only)

In v.10-16 Paul speaks about the infighting among the immature church at Corinth. Urging them to unify in the name of Christ and not Apollos, Cephas or himself. 

The defining statement of this section (v.10-17) can be found in the last verse 17:

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

In setting up verse 18, Paul makes 4 points here in verse 17 that can not be ignored:

1. God did not send him to baptize: Some pastors/churches feel the more folks they baptize the more bodies the add to the roles the more they are doing their job. They place a priority on this over all else. But does this agree with the bible? While the Great Commission  does call for Baptism of Truly converted believers, there is a process many skip over before that.  

2. God did send him to preach: In this specific case Paul is arguing from Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; No where does it say and some He gave baptizers :).  Paul understood his duty was to preach and teach the undefiled Gospel Message. The Holy Word of God without error or reservation.

About 2 months before COVID-19 broke, spoke with a Pastor who related how they had about a dozen folks come forward on an alter call this past Sunday and they planned on having a BIG baptismal  ceremony the following Sunday. I remember thinking, seriously what happened to the command to “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:” you are telling me they got that all figured out already? I have been a diligently studying the bible daily for well over 20 years and do not nearly have it. 

3. His preaching was not of his own wisdom: Paul was not to EVER preach in his own wisdom. I can’t recall the number of times I have heard something like ‘I do not need to study, or I do not need any training I will let the Holy Spirit guide me.’  HOGWASH, Paul who wrote most 2/3 of the New Testament, was an Old Testament scholar prior to becoming a Christian and then went and studied for three more years 34 A.D. Travels to Arabia and remains there (Gal 1:17) to 37 A.D. Returns to Damascus then exits the city for safety (Gal 1:17; Acts 9:20-25; 2 Cor 11:32-33)  Goes up to Jerusalem (Acts 9:26-29; Gal 1:18). 

4. So that the Cross of Christ would be glorified: While Paul certainly had to “take up His cross daily” Luke 9:23his preaching was NEVER about himself, it was always Christ centered and Christ glorifying. 


BREAKDOWN: 

For the preaching of the cross: Again it is Christ’s Cross that must be preach, boldly and without error. Note from v.17 above that God does not demand fancy “wisdom words” the AMP version uses “clever and eloquent speech” what is important is that a CLEAR, and FULL doctrine of Salvation The Complete Gospel Message is preached and taught

is to them that perish foolishness; it is to be taught knowing that some will reject it. In fact the Greek word here used for fool has its root where we get our English word MORON. Someone who is completely mindless and incapable of making a right decision. To them those who preach and teach the “True authentic” Gospel look like idiots.  

One of the biggest oppositions to covenant theology heard is that God has ordain who will be saved so why bother evangelizing and preach at all? Because the bible makes it clear man, apart from Christ is a fool and no man even in Christ and distinguish whom God will effectually call to His kingdom with His amazing Grace. 

but unto us which are saved it is the power of God: To those being saved the Cross is truly powerful for it changes ones life forever 2 Corinthians 5:17

To those of us who are saved, the preaching [and teaching] of the Gospel, has a similar effect. We are driven by Paul’s words in Romans 10 

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

To us the Good News of Christ’s Blood Atonement at Calvary, His life, death, resurrection is power. Again we are like Paul from Romans 1:15-16 AMP So, for my part, I am ready and eager to preach the gospel… 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation [from His wrath and punishment] to everyone who believes [in Christ as Savior], to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


APPLICATION:

Not matter what others think of us we like Paul should never be ashamed of the Good News of Christ. We should take every opportunity to share the Gospel message, but also like Paul being able to do so not in our own wisdom but through careful and diligent study 2 Timothy 2:15 AMP  Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.

 

 

Examining the “10 needs we must understand and live after choosing to serve the Lord” Part 1

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One of my posts on 28 April, was entitled COVID-19 Is a Slow-Motion 9/11 in it Pastor Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network set forth 10 definitive needs every “Christian” must understand and live by after choosing to serve the Lord. I thought I would look at each one individually over the next two weeks.


  1. Develop a healthy fear of God. (Have no other god before Me—Exodus 20:1-6; Obey God, serve Him and fear Him—Deuteronomy 13:4; Rehearse history and teach of God’s power so your children learn to fear God—Deuteronomy 31:13; It is whole duty of mankind—Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

What does it mean to fear God?

For the unbeliever it means the fear of God’s judgement and eternal punishment (death) Matthew 10:28 and torment in Hell. For the believer which is the subject here it means something very different. It means the reverence or awe of God.

Why is it so important? Why Fear God?

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” You can not truly know God, unless you fear Him.

The fear of the Lord protects us from Evil Proverbs 16:6

The fear of God causes believers to HATE evil (all things that are an abomination to God) Proverbs 8:13

It is the fear of God that allows us to grow (mature) as a believer Philippians 2:12-13

As noted by Pastor Sam it is the duty of man to fear God and Worship Him Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Application: 

As Pastor Sam points out the first thing we must do is to rid ourselves of all false idols. Whatever you have in your life that takes a priority over God needs be eliminated or evaluated. There are obviously some things that you can not get rid of, family for instance. Yes they are VERY important by more than God?  That fancy sports car that you just had to have or that boat (A.K.A. money pit) that you justify your missing church with Sunday’s for “Family time” gotta go. 

Next, we need to develop that righteous understanding of a sovereign God, who is worthy of praise, honor and glory. We need to get in His Word, understand it, (not cursory readings) so we can be wise like Sol omen and say “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

My final point is that if we are practicing obedience to God’s Word, we are going to fail! Hello, we are human, even the great Apostle Paul fought his human failings. The GOOD NEWS is as we fail, and are convicted of this God is faithful to forgive us, 1 John 1:9 that is part of the process of Sanctification, the working out of our Salvation with fear and trembling. 


The List
  1. Develop a healthy fear of God. (Have no other god before Me—Exodus 20:1-6; Obey God, serve Him and fear Him—Deuteronomy 13:4; Rehearse history and teach of God’s power so your children learn to fear God—Deuteronomy 31:13; It is whole duty of mankind—Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
  2. Re-embrace the biblical authority of Scripture. (All Scripture is profitable for life and living—2 Timothy 3:16: Living it establishes a person’s path—Psalm 119:11)
  3. Know that the ‘Church’ is disobedient, lethargic and asleep. (Christ’s warnings to the seven churches and to Laodicea—Revelation 2-3; Revelation 3:14-22)
  4. Be aware that 70% of the pulpits in America are occupied by ‘hirelings.’ (Hirelings refuse to warn of spiritual danger and the wolvesJohn 10:12-13)
  5. Be bold to identify and call out the false prophets in the wolves among us. (Christ warned of the false prophets and wolves—Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Matthew 24:24; Jesus warned of mass deception in the last days—Matthew 24:4-5)
  6. Understand that national blessing or national judgment hinges on the actions of the remnant. (“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”—2 Chronicles 7:14)
  7. Accept the reality that persecution is coming and is normal for the believer and those still standing for truth. (All who live according to God commands will suffer persecution—2 Timothy 3:12; the enemies of truth will persecute you—Luke 21:12; John 15:20)
  8. Discover that the preparation for prayer and meeting God’s requirements for prayer is far more important than the act of praying. (God demands a broken spirit and obedience before sacrifice—Psalm 51:16-17; God demands we pray His way: No unconfessed sin—Psalm 66:18)
  9. Realize that the continuance of freedom is a result of God’s blessing, which hinges on obedience and conformity to God’s commands. (Don’t forget that all blessings came from God and if you forget and become ungrateful, God will replace blessings with bondage—Deuteronomy 8:1-20, 1:19-20; 30:1-20)
  10. Understand that the choice for president or other elected leaders, while critically important, is secondary to repentance toward God and the choice for God. (Obey, and I’ll make even your enemies to be at peace with you—Proverbs 16:7)

Christianity’s Messages

If you read the bible you know that within it’s pages there are found many messages. Another way of putting it is there are lots of topics. Some of the most searched include:

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COMFORT

However no message or topic is greater than that of Christ and His Triumph over the Grave

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4

Now brothers and sisters, let me remind you [once again] of the good news [of salvation] which I preached to you, which you welcomed and accepted and on which you stand [by faith]. By this faith you are saved [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose], if you hold firmly to the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain [just superficially and without complete commitment]. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (AMP)

 Además os declaro, hermanos, el evangelio que os he predicado, el cual también recibisteis, en el cual también perseveráis; por el cual asimismo, si retenéis la palabra que os he predicado, sois salvos, si no creísteis en vano. Porque primeramente os he enseñado lo que asimismo recibí: Que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados, conforme a las Escrituras; y que fue sepultado, y que resucitó al tercer día, conforme a las Escrituras; (RVR 1960)

  1. I want you to note ____ things from this passage: 
  2. Christianity is Good News
  3. This Good News of Christ must be preached
  4. The Good news of Christ must be welcomed and accepted by Faith Alone
  5. It is by Faith Alone we are saved, unless our conversion was false
  6. Preaching MUST include  (at a minimum) Christ’s death, burial and resurrection for our sins’s 

That is the complete Gospel in a nutshell and you cannot have a portion of it without the whole. The question is what message are you listening to today? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pandemic, Meet The Resurrection

Pandemic, Meet The Resurrection

He is risen. That is the Christian confession. We worship the triune God. We do so in Spirit and in truth. We do so in resurrection hope. For our God and Father “make[s] springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. From [the Almighty’s] lofty abode [He] water[s] the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of [His] work” (Psalm 104:10-13).

Christians are people of the resurrection. And our resurrection lifestyle shines all the more brightly when everyone around us fears pandemic, tyranny, and death. Why don’t we fear? Because our Father feeds cedar trees with rivers. He gives blue jays a place to nest. He molds the high mountains for the wild goats. He makes the dark so the mice can creep about the forest floor. And He gives resurrection for us, His children.

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Tempted

When we think of being tempted we think of doing things wrong that is sinning against God. Of course that is true, and we need to Armor Up daily to fight off the willy temptations of the devil what other types of temptations are running about especially with the COVID-19 situation? How about:

Anger – maybe you have been to that store 3 times for TP and they are out every time

Anxiety – some folks get panic attack for many different reasons a world wide pandemic is probably one to set them off

Depression – as more and more areas have issued “Shelter in Place” orders those not used to being “locked up” will become susceptible to depression

Slothfulness or Laziness – as more Americans are laid off laziness is often the by product

Resentment – my neighbor still has a job why not me I have bills to pay too

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12

The “GOOD NEWS” is that there is a cure for all these temptations and the cure is Christ. Trust in HIM and HIM alone as not only your Savior equally important LORD of your Life. Christ is able to sustain us through all life’s trials and temptations Psalm 55:22

If you are feeling any of these emotions and want to talk, vent or otherwise express yourself PLEASE feel free to email me and I will gladly send you IM info.

 

 

Biblical Contentment, Part VIII

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Prayer: Proverbs 16:3 
Study: Psalm 119:11
Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25
Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10
Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29

Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (ESV)

Porque yo os entregué en primer lugar lo mismo que recibí: que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados, conforme a las Escrituras; que fue sepultado y que resucitó al tercer día, conforme a las Escrituras; (LBLA)

Walking: 1 John 2:6

I need you to put you thinking caps on for a moment and think of a time when you have held on to anger for to long a period. Do you remember how ill it made you feel? James tells us in 1:19-20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 

I would argue the same is true for all the elect of Christ. If you are truly one of God’s children, you should have a spiritual desire to share the Good News. We all know the command from Jesus known as the Great Commission:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28-18-20)

Sharing the Gospel is just as important to our overall Biblical Contentment as any of the other key components. We should seek to share that which gives us joy, that will rescue the lost from eternal damnation, and makes us content in all situations with everyone we encounter.


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