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Our wisdom and Satan’s plan

Peter asked Jesus not to face death on the cross and the Lord rebuked him.  Mark 8:33

Satan asked Jesus to except his bargain offer thereby escaping death on the cross and being given all the nations.  Matthew 4:1-11

The two plans man’s wisdom and Satan’s schemes were in unison. Stay close to the word and obey Jesus and then our wisdom will not be in unison with Satan’s schemes.

This is why we need the Lord deeply guiding us every day. Before we became Christians we were groomed by this world thinking we were right in our own eyes.  Even now as Christians we need to have a close relationship with Christ so he can teach us anew!

The Institute for Creation Research “Days of Praise” for October 6th says,

The steadfast “dwelling” in Christ promises to produce a confidence in our eternal relationship—the word choice especially emphasizes freedom in speaking, an unreservedness in speech. As Peter freely spoke at Pentecost (Acts 2:29) and the disciples received boldness to speak the Word of God (Acts 4:31), so our “plainness of speech” (2 Corinthians 3:12) in witnessing sets the stage for our “boldness in the day of judgment” (1 John 4:17).

So not only staying close to God produces fruit while on this earth, but also boldness in the day of judgment!  Praise God!

Let’s keep praying for each other!

We are called for this.

I Corinthians 6:1-3. “If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”

When we are going about our daily tasks let us remember that according to I Corinthians 6:1-3 we will judge angels. What that means is that we will be elevated to a status that we don’t have now. We are the body of Christ and he is the head and because of this we will share in his ruling of the world. He will use us for his rule and judgment.

So let’s remember that when we are going about our daily lives we are preparing ourselves for our future! Let’s do all for Christ now so that when our future continues with Christ, we will be prepared to do his will. Paul is saying to the Corinthian’s that they must learn to rule and judge between each other so that they can be prepared for what will be given to them in the future.

I Peter 2:21, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”  We are called to endure for doing good in this life.  God is gracious!  And it is true that we are running a race to win!  That should pervade all our actions and thoughts through out each day.

Alert! – Heresy – Alert!

Jeremiah 6:16-17 “Thus says the Lord:
“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

He calls it BREAKDING NEWS!

I call it heresy.  John Ortberg in his book ‘Eternity is NOW in Session’ very subtlety puts down the foundation of our faith.  His book is an idea that eternity is occurring now for the Christian, but he puts down the old paths to salvation.  If we are trying to reach a new generation, you can’t cut down the word of God and claim it at the same time.  You can’t bring truth mixed with lies.  As Jeremiah says they will not walk in the ways of God.

On p. 11 he says, “If you’re a good person, and you embrace the right beliefs, you go to the good place.  If you’re not, and you don’t, you go to the bad place.”  He is putting down the cross and making fun of and/or simplifying salvation.

On p. 8 he says, “It usually involves affirming certain beliefs or praying a particular prayer that is thought to make a person a “Christian”.”

Both of these comments seem to suggest that the old ways of salvation are out dated and not applicable anymore.

Romans 10:9-13 “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Charles Stanley says that the word of God is used for a four fold work:

  1. Teaching
  2. Correction
  3. Training in righteousness
  4. Reproof

If the word of God is usurped, then how can we respond correctly when trials and challenges come our way?  How can we be saved?

This is why the church needs to kick out its false teachers.  If the pastors preach another gospel, then we need to cry out the more!!!

We can’t just sit by an not speak up.  Have you ever heard of One Million Moms?  They are a great example of fighting for the truth.  They fight against T.V. shows that belittle the Christian way.  Their members (consisting of a boat load of concerned Mom’s) contact the sponsor’s of the said T.V. shows.  With victories they cut the funding of certain shows thereby stating that Mom’s still have values.

Lets stick together and fight for the Word of God!!!

 

 

Our sins that lie in wait.

Martin Luther brought up a good point that still needs attention today.  We have all sinned, but some people remember their sin as if it occurred this very day before they repented.  We need to take stock in what we think.  I must say that Joyce Meyers has the market on this subject.  Invest in what you think about.  It can be hard work at times because we need to put every thought into Christ’s hands.  If we don’t put past sins in their place then temptation to doubt may set in.

Martin said, “When man perceives his sins in this light and is completely terrified in his conscience, he must be on guard that his sins do not remain in his conscience, for nothing but pure doubt certainly comes out of this.  But just as the sins flowed out of Christ and we became conscious of then, so should we pour then again on him and set our conscience free.  Therefore see well to it that you act not like perverse people, who bite and devour themselves with their sins in their heart and run here and there with their good works or their own satisfactions or even work themselves out of this condition by means of indulgences.” p. 121 Martin Luther in his own words – Jack D. Kilcrease and Erwin W. Lutzer.

Pray that the Lord lead us not into temptation.

Martin goes on to say, “Then cast your sins from yourself and on Christ; believe with a celebratory spirit that your sins are his wounds and sufferings, that he carries them and makes satisfaction for them, as Isaiah 53:6 says: “The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”; and St. Peter in his First Epistle (2:24): “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree” of the cross; and St Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” On these and like passages you must rely completely, and so much the more when your conscience torments you.” p. 122

What if you walked through today forgetting your past sins?  How would you feel?  Would you be able to enjoy and love the Lord more?  Would you be happier and free?  Isn’t this the way Christ wants us to live.  Something to think about!

Nehemiah 8:10 “. . .Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

Keep God’s word first

As we start our day we may think I have to do this and I had to do that.  I need to get ready quickly, so I can make this happen or make that happen. Let’s keep in mind that studying God’s word should always come first. What makes things right and what makes things work out is not our running around getting this done on a timely basis or that done quickly. But instead trusting God first and reading his word. Resting everything else aside. Then once God is first everything else will work out even better. Our doings aren’t enough, but trusting God brings true peace.  Keeping God first we honor, love and trust him.  He looks to see who will choose him.

We settle for second or even third best on our own efforts, but God’s plans are much better than we could ever work out.

No foundation

When witnessing I have noticed a lack of understanding of even basic Christian beliefs and terminology.  It is as if a blank stare protrudes from a face.  And then the platitudes come next.  Something has obviously changed in today’s society.  Ken Ham wrote in his book “Gospel Reset” that there is no Christian foundation in the United States like there used to be.  When I talk of the “Rapture”, a look of confusion comes across peoples faces.  This makes it hard to witness.  The church needs to teach its members not only apologetics, but how to witness starting from the beginning.  Ken Ham says start explaining the Bible from Genesis!  There is no understanding of sin, grace or propitiation coming from the cross.  What seems to have remained in peoples minds is the acknowledgement of the cross itself, but no understanding of what it means.

Let’s pray America returns to Christ!

My conscious is captive to the word of God.

Martin Luther said my conscious is captive to the word of God and he went on to say, “I cannot and I will not re-can’t anything, for to go against conscious is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”  This quote was taken from Martin Luther in his own words essential writings of the reformation.  Jack Kilcrease p 8.  He also said, ” My sins belong to Christ as if he had committed them.” P 10.  “Faith therefore gives the believer a share in Christ’s infinite riches of righteousness, life, and dominion.  Because Christians share Christ riches, they are therefore free to give of these riches to their neighbors.  God does not need our good works, since all has been paid for by Christ.  Instead, the neighbor needs the believers good works. The believer obeys God and gives the neighbor a share in the riches of Christ through good works of loving service.” P 14.

When you are nice to someone and you show them goodness (If they deserve it or not), then you are being a good steward of God’s grace.  When we are unkind to someone then we are destroying the temple of Christ.  I Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Let’s have our conscious captive to the word of God so that we can be ready to give an account of the great joy and grace that is in us!

Blogger Recognition Award 2018

Thank you Eclectic Contrarian for this nomination!  I love reading your blogs!  Your post  ‘New Day’ was awesome.  Theeclecticcontrarian.wordpress.com

I started my blog because I love Jesus and I wanted to share comments with people about God.  For new bloggers write about what you like and enjoy it.  Don’t give up and be patient.

My nominations are:

Melissamclaughlinheartsong

The Eclectic Contrarian

Karina’s Thought

Rejoicing In Hope

Queen Karen

Laurabon

SumitOfficial

The Godly Chic Diaries

Dreamsandvisions

Regal woman@transameagle

V Ramasamy

Praise God!!!!

 

Marvin

His nickname is bucket. He walks the streets and uses free electricity for his cell where we can get it. He is nicknamed bucket because he carries a bucket on a long pole over his shoulder with water in it. He walks the streets and tries to make little bit of money by cleaning peoples windshields. He goes to church around the corner. He’s a nice man with one eye glazed over. How many Marvins do you know on the street?

Take the time to show the kindness and love of Christ to them. Have a Bible ready. The Lord is not slack as some men count slackness, but there will be a day when we will all be held accountable so make the difference today while there still time. Spread the word.

Charles Spurgeon says (quote 12:31-13:1) 1 Corinthians, “How little glory God often gets out of the great gifts! Gifts may be prostituted to the violest purposes, but love always brings glory to God’s holy name.” In Corinthians Paul was talking about spiritual gifts so let’s use our talents to help others. This is part of being a good steward.

1 Corinthians 3:8 Paul says that everyone will receive rewards for faithfulness. Those rewards are for everyone not just for those in the ministry Charles Stanley says.

What we strive for God has already done!

I want us to think about God being our Creator and Father for a minute.  What we have forgotten he still is.  What we take for granted he still does.  Mankind strives to create what God has already done.  We try to create robots to serve and give us human like companionship.  Animals provide a sense of comfort and companionship for us already.  God has already provided us with what Hugh Ross in his book “Hidden Treasures in the book of Job” calls soulish animals.  God gave each animal traits, for example the donkey has a high sense of danger.  Remember Balaam’s donkey?

God did not create robots but he did create animals to serve and to please us. Animals like cats and dogs create great joy in our lives. I find it very interesting that God had already created animals to serve and to please us, but yet we don’t recognize him as our Creator.  People say that they don’t see God in human affairs.  Well, what they don’t recognize God created for us.  They use his creation everyday in every way.  In the Book of Job, Job says to ask the animals and they will teach and tell you about God!  Let’s remind people that when their body heals itself after being cut, that we can thank our Creator for this! And when the cut is to severe, God gave us the brains to be able to save.  You see God is here!