Daily Devotional – Great but Imperfect Leaders

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COMMENTS 

I was reading an article this morning by P.F. Whalen, published in the American Thinker entitled Great but Imperfect Leaders. It got me to thinking about the attitude and expectations of so many “Christians” and “Non-Christians” alike. 

Let me try and flush this out a moment; recently at an event for veterans folks were cursing and caring on when one guy turned to me and asked if their behavior offended me? I immediately replied not at all, for I was no greater than they only one had ever lived perfectly and He had done so for all our freedom.  Another guy chimed in I know someone perfect, my wife she has to be to put up with me. 

Interestingly we will admit our faults with a few beers in us, but deny that same capacity in anyone of our leaders . We expect perfection, otherwise they are racist, homophobes, or worse. But should we?  

The bible makes a few things very clear:

all have sinned and fall short of God’s Glory  Romans 3:23

all will answer for their actions before God Romans 14:10-12

all will confess Christ as Lord (yes even the unbelievers before being condemned to hell) Philippians 2:10-11

the Good News is God’s free gift of Salvation has appeared to all men Titus 2:11

This gift is made available because of our text, God takes sacrifice at Calvary as payment for our sin and attributes Christ’s perfection (righteousness) to us in place of it. 

Now as for leaders the bible is also very clear, Romans 13:1-2 says that no authority on earth is formed unless God forms it, just as He formed us. That means we are to OBEY, those appointed over us; unless the government asks us to do something that is in direct disobedience to God’s Word. Then and only then, we are to disobey the government in a manner consistent with God’s Holy Word. 

But what about those leaders who are jerks, tweet stuff I don’t like and such. STOP, read the book, 1 Peter 2:18-19 true “Christians” are to be submissive to your masters (leaders)with all [proper] respect, not only to those who are good and kind, but also to those who are unreasonable.

We need to not have expectations beyond measure. We are all flawed that includes our elected representatives. Stop whining, lying (gossip), and posting memes get off your duff and be proactive for matters (Kingdom) that count. 


 

Here is the article from  P.F. Whalen, published in the American Thinker  this morning.  Great but Imperfect Leaders


What does the Bible say about government?

 

Are People Good by Nature?

Romans 3:23-24 — Scripture Type


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Are People Good by Nature? 46% of “Evangelicals” Think So

Unless we understand the depth of our sin, we likely won’t recognize our need for God’s saving grace. Sadly, the results from our 2020 State of Theology survey uncovers widespread confusion among Christians in America about the reality and effects of sin. Conducted in partnership with Lifeway Research, the full results of this survey are now available.

According to our recent findings, 46 percent of professing U.S. evangelicals* agree with the following statement: “Everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature.” This idea cannot be reconciled with the emphatic teaching of Scripture that all people are radically corrupted sinners in need of salvation (Rom. 3:23). Even the smallest sin is high treason against our Creator, leaving us hopeless of escaping His judgment apart from His mercy in Christ.

Ligonier Teaching Fellow Dr. Stephen Nichols recently spoke on the significance of this finding in the State of Theology survey.

When Christians take sin lightly, our gospel witness is jeopardized. In a rapidly changing culture, the church must remain steadfast in proclaiming the message of salvation in Jesus Christ for ruined sinners. We hope these survey results will encourage American Christians to defend the gospel boldly to the praise of God’s glorious grace.

* Evangelicals were defined by this survey as people who strongly agreed with the following four statements:  1) The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe. 2) It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. 3)Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin. 4) Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

 

Daily Devotional – God’s Wrath

THE REALITY OF GOD'S WRATH – Romans 1:18-20 | Mission Venture ...

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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. 

“I’m A Good Person”

I have over the last 20+ years of ministry heard every excuse imaginable for someone not liking the “Christian” faith or wanting to be associated with the Christian faith. I am sure you have heard them too, things like: 

“Christianity (or any religion) is just a crutch” comes from those who think they got it all together and do not need any ones help.

“My past makes me unworthy” while not as common as others this one has deep rooted guilt for past transgressions and can be very hard to overcome

“I’m not ready to change yet” Oh pity those who use this, for they are truly without excuse. They have an understanding of their sinful nature but love the dark side so much they are unwilling to give it up to soon.

“They are all a bunch of hypocrites” maybe the second most used; stemming from seeing them in bars on Saturday and church pews on Sunday. Or for many young folks that grew up in church it maybe they see any act of weakness on the part of church leaders (human nature) as hypocrisy instead of what it really is sin. Also under this category I hear things like ‘I don’t get a “religion” where you can just go sin and ask for forgiveness and all is okay’ referring to 1 John 1:9.

“I’m A Good Person” I have never killed or …. you have heard the list. Unfortunately they are comparing their standard of good to themselves and not that of the Creator of the Universe.


INTRODUCTION:

MAN IS NOT GOOD – Romans 3:23 all mankind has sinned, Romans 6:23 the righteous punishment for man’s sin is death

WITHOUT EXCUSERomans 1:20 (AMP)  For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. Man can come up with any excuse he wishes but none hold water before a righteous God. 

GOD PROVIDES THE ANSWER – Romans 5:8 God sent His only begotten Son to save mankind. 

Luke 19 10 | The son of man, Cool words, 10 things

Porque el Hijo del Hombre vino a buscar y a salvar lo que se había perdido. (RVR 1960)
CONTEXT:

Here we have the very essence of the Gospel. Jesus’s work at Calvary was for a specified purpose to save sinners, not every sinner as some believe (universalism), but as our text says the lost.

So who are these lost? In this story Luke 19:1-10 Jesus has an encounter with a rich Tax Collector named Zacchaeus. There are some things that need be pointed out here:

v.1-4 Zacchaeus first seeks after Jesus. Like so many we he sought in futility to get close to Jesus but failed.

v.5 Jesus tells Zacchaeus to stop seeking, stop trying on your own to save yourself, I must do the work.

v.6 There will always be naysayers, those with excuses to hate you and and Christ. Here the crowd grumbled at Jesus’s choice to associate with Zacchaeus. They thought him beneath them and so Jesus should ignore him.

v.7-10 Jesus rebukes them not so much in words (at first) but in actions. By going to Zacchaeus house Jesus makes it clear that He did not come to associate with the High and Mighty Holy Rollers, the Pious crowd of the  Pharisees and Sadducees. Remember Jesus’s 7 woes (warnings) to the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23.

No Jesus makes it clear, Zacchaeus and folks like him, the truly LOST are the reason I came to earth. Because man on his own is not Good enough to save himself from eternal damnation.

APPLICATION: 

I have used this many times, an old Army expression of mine “The maximum effective range of an excuse is zero meters”  I jokingly say I have heard them all, but God truly has heard the hearts Psalm 44:21 of all mankind. While you may think you are a good person, you will never be good enough to get to heaven on your own

Are you like Zacchaeus today? Making excuses feeling you can seek Jesus on your own terms? The time for excuses is over, the Holy Spirit is pricking at your heart strings and calling upon you to as Paul writes in Romans 10:9-13 (AMP)

… acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will not be disappointed [in his expectations].” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile; for the same Lord is Lord over all [of us], and [He is] abounding in riches (blessings) for all who call on Him [in faith and prayer]. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord [in prayer] will be saved.”

 

If Only I Had Been Saved By Merit! – Tim Challies

Maybe it is worth the strange challenge of asking this simple question: How would I live if I had been saved by merit rather than grace?

Continued at Source: If Only I Had Been Saved By Merit! – Tim Challies