Saturday, December 17, 2011
Keeping the Law doesn't save you, make you righteous, or to make God "happy" with you (aka you cannot manipulate God through obeying Him).
So I looked at several passages in Romans regarding the Law's proper place in the life of a believer today. Here are my thoughts, then a description of the Law's relationship to the godly one before & since the Messiah came.
Romans 3:19-22- The Law does not save us, it shows us how sinful we are. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus the Christ.
Does this mean we can forget about the Law? (v. 31), No. Of course not. Having faith activates our ability to fulfill the Law.
Romans 4:16- Law =/= save
Romans 6:16- Law shows us HOW to obey God & live right
Romans 7:6- In the context, we must remember that Paul followed the Law. I will write my thoughts in this verse in the description section. This was the tough one.
Romans 7:7- Law shows us what sin is and what right living is
Romans 7:12- Law= holy, right, good, spiritual
Romans 8:4- Follow the Spirit =/= wrath & guilt
Description of the godly one's relationship to the Law before and after Messiah (Romsns 7:6 & other passages)-
The Old Ways, pre-Messiah
Law was a tutor
It was over us
Created an attitude/perspective of work & guilt & can be called the Law of Fear
It was like an anvil hanging over the heads of the people until Messiah would come to redeem them from the weight of conviction.
The Messiah comes
Brings us freedom from the guilty standing & weight of our sin
Changes our relationship & gives us freedom to approach God
Purchases our salvation & fulfills the requirements of the Law, thus He is our propitiation.
The New Ways, since Messiah
Our relationship and attitude is now understanding the Law as a law of love. Because of Messiah's work, we can rest & enjoy living for Him.
The Spirit leads us to understand & follow God's Law.
The Law, Torah, guides us to live holy lives.
The Law still shows us what the mark is. And Jesus is in the center of the Mark.
The Law is good, holy, right, spiritual. It is a path to guide our steps, and be obedient to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
In my mind, the Law shows me how to live & how to express the love I have for Jesus. He followed the Law, Paul did, the early church did, because it is God's fence of holy living.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Here are my semi-random thoughts on this from over 3 weeks of exhausting/awesome contemplation on John 14:15 (the Cadet verse), "If you love me, obey my commandments."
Friday, October 21, 2011
Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Muammar Ghadaffi, Osama Bin Laden, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and you.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
"Jesus died only for the elect. Though Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient for all, it was not efficacious for all. Jesus only bore the sins of the elect. Support for this position is drawn from such scriptures as Matt. 26:28 where Jesus died for ‘many'; John 10:11, 15 which say that Jesus died for the sheep (not the goats, per Matt. 25:32-33); John 17:9 where Jesus in prayer interceded for the ones given Him, not those of the entire world; Acts 20:28 and Eph. 5:25-27 which state that the Church was purchased by Christ, not all people; and Isaiah 53:12 which is a prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion where he would bore the sins of many (not all)."
I hope this is not the defense, or the argument used for this view. Here is why-
The person who wrote this agrues that these verses teach that Jesus died for His sheep and for the Church. While this is true, these verses do not limit His death being for the sheep or Church. The writer goes beyond the teaching of scripture here by concluding something that is not concluded in the passage.
To lay it out clearly the verses teach:
1. Jesus died for the sheep, for the Church.
2. The veses do not LIMIT Jesus' death to only the sheep and Church.
3. The verses that talk of Jesus dying for the "many" includes the many, but does not limit it to only the many. It is not ethical to make such a jump.
That being said, the only verse I see here that merits interest, or holds any amount of water is John 17:9 where Jesus says that He is not praying for the world but for the elect. But even with this verse, while He is praying for the elect here, I cannot conclude, exegetically, that this verse teaches that He only died for the elect.
Therefore, if this is the argument for Limited Atonement, I cannot ethically support this, based on an exegetical understanding of Scripture. Also, it seems that John Calvin refutes the L in TULIP- here is a website that has a lot of information on this: http://www.biblebelievers.net/calvinism/kjcalvn4.htm#Calvin_Refutes
In conclusion- God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosever trusts in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world (people) may be saved through Him.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
The one who says he is in the Light and hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
So I know a few church-folk who claim to be Christians yet hold grudges & refuse to reconcile with people. Look at this verse above & see what it says.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I had to post this. I read it on- http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=100760
And almost died laughing.
One early July morning my breakfast on the porch was ruined by... wasps.
I found out that there was probably a bad*ss nest of wasps under a board on my porch. After pinpointing the exact board with and educated guess I armed myself with two cans of wasp spray.
I quickly unscrewed the board from the frame using an electric drill. I then proceeded to flip the board over, exposing a massive wasps nest clinging to the bottom of the board.
I then, Akimbo style, began firing both cans of spray wildly at the wasps nest like an angry soviet in a room full of Finns. Not only did this do very little to the nest, it also resulted in my face and head being stung around 20 times. So of course, by reflex began spraying all around my head with the wasp spray to try to clear the wasps and prevent my face from looking like that of a teenage macaulay culkin. Not only did a lot of the spray get in my face, it also didn't burn or hurt a single bit.
I then proceeded to do many things to the nest, including firing a 10/22 ruger at it, shooting it with a flaming arrow and shooting a can of spray paint while it was sitting next to the hive.
I eventually got rid of it by spraying it with lighter fluid and setting it ablaze.
Friday, August 26, 2011
A man named Steven Ian Nichols murdered 5 people recently. He was actually caught murdering a sixth, chopping her up with a hand axe. He was caught literally "red-handed" and covered in her blood. However, the first words out of his mouth were words of denial. "I didn't do anything wrong." he Steven insisted.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Here is a conversation between "Fred" & me. This is a fun, faux conversation, that teaches. Enjoy.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
We all have drives, and the flesh to deal with. This is normal, this is good. However, when we give into these drives in a way that causes us to "dethrone" Jesus in our hearts, this is not good, it is bad, evil. It is to quit following and to head away from following Jesus.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
(Print & Circle a few that grab your attention.)
- We follow our Rabbi today by reading His word, talking to, and doing what He says.
- To hide Jesus’ word in our heart so we don’t sin against Him.
- We allow the Spirit to be our counselor, we can share our problems, then listen for direction.
- It allows us to quiet ourselves & remember that God is God.
- It allows us to release our weights to the one who hears & loves us.
- God wants to hear from His children.
- God gives us the right to come to Him.
- God gives us the grace to help us in our time of need.
- Draw near to God & He will draw near to you.
- Abide in Jesus, and Him in you. Apart from Him, you can do nothing.
- People need us to stand in pray with them.
- God answers prayer.
- The effective prayer of the righteous is powerful & accomplishes much.
- God is quick to hear the prayers of His godly ones.
- The Spirit helps us pray, for often we don’t know what to say. ..so just pray.
- Jesus prayed.
- The disiciples use to talk to Jesus face to face. We can still talk to Jesus today, and He is right in our midst.
- Life is heavy, talking to God, the one who loves us, helps us with our burdens.
- The prayer of the godly is like an arrow to Heaven.
- God will not reject those who seek Him.
- It is a time to help us realize our station in life.
- It helps us clarify who we are, what we are about.
- It helps remind us that we are dependent on God.
- Not doing TAWG, is like having a girlfriend without spending time with her.
- Jesus is our vine, we get our nourishment from Him.
- Prayer is a conversation, time to talk to Jesus, and also listen to Jesus.
- Prayer works.
- Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
- Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you.
- It is a time to read & meditate on wisdom from One much wiser than our own mind.
- It is a time to read & meditate on wisdom from One much wiser than all the noise around us.
- Jesus read Scripture.
- The disciples use to hang out with Jesus, today we have His very words written down for us.
- It helps us to stay grounded on the Rock.
- It teaches us submission.
- It teaches us dependence.
- It can keep us from puffing ourselves up.
- Reading & trusting God’s words can save us from a lot of bad decisions.
- Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
- When we do this, we start living eternity with God, now.
- Many people have said, “I wish Jesus was here so I could ask Him…” Well, He is, and His words are right here, available to you in book format, so you can go back again and again to read it.
- Disciples naturally spend time learning from their Rabbi.
- Disciples enjoy sitting at the feet of the Rabbi.
- Disciples model the life of the Rabbi.
- There is an unseen world that we do not understand and need God’s help to succeed.
- God’s children are saints, holy ones. We have direct fellowship with God.
- To live on the Rock, Jesus we listen to His words and then do what He taught.
- If you love Jesus, you will obey what He commands.
- We are called to love God & love people.
- Faith is command in action.
- Peter at least got out of the boat, when Jesus called Him too.
- Christians are known by their fruit.
- How can you know what to do if you don’t seek the one you follow?
- Applying God’s word accurately = wise living.
- What if a sheep remains distant from the Shepherd?
- What if a tree branch cuts itself off & decides to live next to the Tree? Christ is the Tree.
- Trees near the river are always stronger and healthier than the ones far away.
- We need God’s strength to make it through the day.
- We need God’s wisdom so that we can reach others for Jesus.
- Judas didn’t follow Jesus, look what happened to him.
- To obey is better than sacrifice. We can’t obey if we don’t know what Jesus says.
- Many people are emotion/mood driven. Setting a time for TAWG helps us control that.
- People in the flesh can never please God.
- Come as you are.
- You don’t need to be trained in prayer to pray. It is merely talking to the God.
- “Lord I want to believe, help me in my unbelief.” May be a great starting point for you.
- TAWG doesn’t have a time requirement.
- You do what is important to you.
- TAWG helps us to listen, learn, and be challenged from the Creator.
- Cry out, listen, do is a great way to enjoy following Jesus.
- We are to follow in the dust of our Rabbi, Jesus.
- A Christian is a follower of Christ.
- How can we follow if we refuse to listen?
- Obedience is faith in action. It is hearing what Jesus says, then actually doing it. It is not mere thought.
- We can never dry out the living stream of God’s word. There is always more to learn, always another level to go.
- God’s word is like COD, you never conquer it’s depth.
- I have read the Bible several times, some verses several hundred times, yet often I learn another surprising angle.
- God’s word cannot be exhausted, there is always something new to be discovered.
- Jesus is the way, the truth, the life.
- Where else shall we go? Jesus has the words of life!
- We live from the overflow of our time with God.
- God is the King, we are His servants.
- Jesus is our good shepherd, we are his sheep.
- Life is like follow the leader. Jesus leads, we follow.
- It is not a religious duty, though that may be a good place to start.
- It is not a mere religious duty, it is a relationship with God.
- God want a relationship with us.
- God loves to listen to us.
- Jesus loves to hang out with us.
- We see through a dim reflection now, but then face to face.
- TAWG is the closest we get to heaven here on earth. It is active fellowship with God.
- TAWG- I start the morning getting perspective, which seems to help with the day as a whole...call it a pre-emptive strike.
- Prayer helps me to distress, without adding to it.
- Reading the Bible before bed helps me go to bed thinking of higher thoughts.
- My ways are higher than your way, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
- Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good reputation, excellent, worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
- The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in Jesus, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
- In everything give thanks.
- Rejoice in the Lord always.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Reading what is pure & good helps us to grow a distaste for what is vile and bad.
- Go from “Just do it.” To “Doing it.” Living.
- You are God’s son, enjoy a relationship with a dad who loves you.
- You are God’s daughter, enjoy a relationship with a dad who loves you.
- God knows you & your secrets, yet He still loves you very much.
- You need God.
- God is a crutch.
- Better to know how to seek God when doing well, so that when things go badly you can turn to Him without that guilt also.
- Sin is turning away from God to follow our own path. Coming back always requires carrying that bag of regret, guilt, and shame.
- You think you are smart enough to do life on your own? What are you God or something?
- Don’t call yourself a Christian (follower of Christ) and then not follow.
- Thinking about diets don’t work. Neither does thinking about doing God’s word. Do it.
- Jesus is a valuable treasure.
- God really does know what He is talking about…after all He is God.
- You are too busy not to pray. Read that one again.
- The busier life is, the more you need to pause to pray and let God direct the ordering of your day.
- Prayer is relaxing.
- Prayer is intense.
- Prayer is powerful.
- Prayer is reflective.
- Prayer is passionate.
- Pray when you are tired.
- Talk to Jesus until you fall asleep.
- Read the Bible until you fall asleep…better than not reading it to fall asleep.
- There is a lot of garbage out there, Jesus may be the only pure thing we enjoy each day.
- Commit your plans to the Lord, and they will be established.
- Plans fall from lack of counsel.
- Jesus is your friend.
- God is your father.
- The Spirit is your helper.
- God is an ever present help in times of trouble.
- Jesus is with us always, to the very end of time.
- Prayer can last 3 silent seconds, or several loud hours.
- Pray, read in the bathroom. It is not sacrilegious.
- Make TAWG energizing.
- Make TAWG relaxing.
- Make TAWG motivating.
- Make TAWG challenging.
- Make TAWG an intellectual pursuit.
- Make TAWG a conversation.
- It is okay to get distracted, just bring it back to you and Jesus.
- Better to fall asleep while praying than not pray at all.
- Make prayer conversational.
- Make prayer formal.
- Write down your prayers.
- Be like David and write songs to God.
- Draw pictures that describe the Scripture you are reading, or how it will look like when Scripture is applied to your life.
- Write a challenge statement a “To Do” after you finish reading Scripture.
- Use a psalm as your prayer template.
- Pray through the Psalms.
- Read a Proverb a day-there are 31.
- Read through the Old Testament in a year.
- Read a chapter of Scripture a day.
- Read a paragraph of Scripture before you begin your day.
- Read a chapter of Proverbs every time you…spend time in the bathroom.
- Ten minutes before bed: pray or read Scripture.
- Don’t forget application.
- Never read Scripture without thanking God for it, and asking God to help you see it.
- We are blind and need Jesus to restore our sight.
- Great people of the faith enjoy time with Jesus.
- A lot of problems are abated by simply spending time in prayer, reading, and applying God’s word.
- Use a prayer journal, and don’t make a lot of rules for it.
- Pray what is on your heart.
- As MCHammer said, “We’ve got to pray just to make it today”.
- God delights in you.
- You delight in God.
- You want to TAWG, so why not do what you want to do.
- TAWG is communion with God, your Heavenly Father.
- Light a candle during prayer time.
- Pray during Yoga.
- Pray while you are jogging.
- Bring your Bible to work, school.
- Bring your Bible on vacation.
- You don’t need a bunch of equipment to pray.
- Put a prayer time playlist on your iPod.
- Pray & commit your work to the Lord before you start it.
- Don’t be a slacker.
- If you have decided to follow Jesus, then follow Him. No mere talk please.
- Be extreme or be spit.
- Make war on the floor.
- Prayer is the work of the Christian, the rest is just follow up.
- A refrigerator unplugged will not work. A Christian unplugged will not work.
- A follower who refuses to follow is an oxymoron.
- There is no such thing as a non-practicing Christian.
- TAWG is a feast, eat until you are full.
- Man cannot live on bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of God.
- Do TAWG while commuting to work.
- Turn off the radio in the morning and pray.
Now that you got it, go for it. Start today. Heck, start right now.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Being a Real vs. Fake Spiritual Giant: Smack Talkers & Over Achievers
What do smack talkers, over achievers, and religious people have in common? They all talk a big game or try to show they are accomplishing much for God, but are they?
Back to this verse- Matthew 7:22–23 (NASB95)
22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Rather than being showy or talking a big game, what does Jesus really want us to be about?
1. An example of the type of person Jesus wants us to be like- Hebrews 11:32-40
2. Discussion: What makes these people different than the regular religious person?
Luke 17:5–10 (NASB95)
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.
7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?
8 “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’?
9 “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?
10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’ ”
“We have done that which we ought to have done.”
Today many people talk a big faith, they wear Jesus t-shirts, they put a Bible on their nightstand, they don’t cuss, they are critical of dirty pagans, they attend church, they even do an occasional good thing. But are they doing what Jesus tells them to do? Are you obeying what Jesus has called you to do? (see John 14:15).
- What are the rules Jesus wants us to obey? Love God, love people.
- How do we know if we are doing this?
Reflective Questions- Do you have a passion to know Jesus more and more? Is it your desire to love God & love others according to how His word describes? Do you love His church, and look forward to being a part of the body of believers, or is it something your parents make you do? Do you have a desire to care for the people around you? And then are you actively pursuing/doing these three things?
Negative reflective questions- Do you consider yourself a “good” Christian, yet seldom, if ever, seek God or even think about how you can bring Him glory? Are you so involved in work, sports, drama, friends that His Bride, the body of Christ gets less of your passion and time (Heb. 10:25)? Is you commitment to the Church shrinking and are you justifying that it is okay? Are you always too busy to get involved in serving people, and caring for the needy and hurting? Do you rarely get involved in Church or youth group service projects or mission trips because of sports, work, it is too hot, or you just forgot?
You can’t be a real spiritual giant, or even call yourself a Christ-follower if, in the grind of life, He is low on the priority list. I guess you can talk smack, but Jesus sees right through it. He expects His followers to follow. This is the secret to being a giant in the faith. In fact, spiritual giants are made from obedience in the day to day.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
There is a view in middle USA, that believes that we are pretty good people & God is not disappointed with us. We believe that we are moral & will enter God's good graces when we die, because we aren't bad.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
So I was reading Psalm 37:25-40 yesterday & saw that God said He would protect people from several things, most of which is not a reality today...at least in my understanding of what He seems to be saying. It made me really struggle with some questions-I know that as a Christian I am suppose to have all my theological ducks in a row [eastern Christians laughing out loud, western Christians have the 'heresy' o-meter out], but if God is true, then we shouldn't have to cover for Him right? After all, you only have to cover for someone if they lie.