Monthly Archives: July 2008

Responsibility to God

This commentary is taken from Ephesians chapter 4.

We are told to live a life that is worthy of God’s call upon us. Every person who receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior has the privilege of knowing beyond all doubt that God has a specific-to-you purpose and plan for you life. He will tell you what the plan is, enable you to carry it out, and walk with you in the step by step lifelong process of doing so. Nothing is ever left to chance with God!

We learn in God’s Word that the Plan begins with definite commandments from him. The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and the second greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself.

By obeying these commands, which, by the way, God helps you to do, you demonstrate that you are responsible to God. His claim on you comes before any person, place, or thing.  As you love God, you will seek him out more and more for his help. This brings the fruits of his Holy Spirit more and more into your daily life. You will bear witness of his fruit by showing things like patience, peace, gentleness, and love in your actions. Pleasing God will be prevalent in your thoughts. You will know that his way is the best way.

Keep in mind that Christ is your ruler. His authority over you is supreme. He will let you know exactly who your human authorities are. He may cause you to be someone else’s authority, and this task is only successful when you submit it to the Lord’s authority. You are working toward a mature, Spirit-filled life where you know what God wants, and you do it. As you receive gifts from God to do the work he made you to do, and grow in asking him back how to use the gifts, you will be demonstrating God’s love and power to other people. You will automatically be bringing people together in faith and unity. You don’t need to think up things to “make” people understand God. As you do the special work God made for you, it helps others learn about God. So when you do your work, do it for Christ. Do it from love for him. It is his responsibility to use your obedience in other peoples’ lives. Go ahead and test this! Seek the Lord and what pleases him. See how other people resond. They will respond to you . . . and you will know they are responding to the Lord in you . . . and you will be thankful and filled with joy. It’s a promise.

In God’s strength, not ours, let his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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Living Power

Where does one find living power that cannot be overcome? God’s Word.

Hebrews 4:12-13 explains:  The Word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are. Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done.

It’s absolutely pointless to try to hide anything from God. You know that, if you will be still for a few moments and know that he is God.

These blog posts have not been personal up to this point, but let me say now that I would certainly rather be exposed by God’s Word now and walk through life with nothing to hide rather than have no good thing from my life going into eternity with me. If I try to hide from him now, then I am nothing but a rotten deceiver – mostly deceiving myself.My life is useless.

To walk in openness is to walk in love; the imeasurable love of God. It means having heavenly treasure in this earthen vessel, far more precious than the treasures of the world that can be used up or lost. It means always having something to give, and the supply never runs out.

Are you live streaming with God today? Can other people see him through you? Get in God’s Word and get exposed!

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Be Confident

Do you keep changing your mind about some things so that it is almost impossible to make a timely decision about anything? God calls this double-mindedness and says it makes you unstable in all your ways. Ultimately, you will fall into ungodly peoples’ decisions and plans, and you will not have a say in what your own part in those plans will be. Trapped.

That is a very dangerous way to live your life. Certainly it does not give you any satisfaction or sense of accomplishment. You need to be totally settled on what you believe, so that nothing and no one can shake you loose.

Increasing you knowledge of God’s Son, Jesus Christ is the way to get settled once and for all. You learn of him by reading and studying God’s Word, the Bible. God has revealed himself to us in the 66 books of the Bible. Each time you read, pray first and ask God to give you clear understanding of what you are reading. This prayer is guaranteed for a yes answer – if your mind is distracted or clouded, persevere. God will answer. In Ephesians chapter 4, we are told to hold to the truth in love, becoming more like Christ. Hold to the truth – hold to God’s Word. His Word is truth. Hold to it in love. While you grow in your understanding of what is written, you will grow in your love for God as he reveals himself to you.

Do you want to know God better? Follow a simple, simple rule. Read his Word more and pray.

If a plant has good soil,sun, and water, it will grow. If it has rocks and deep shade and no water, it shrivels up and never grows to maturity or to fulfill the purpose for which it was created. Likewise, Christians need specific things to grow in confidence in who we are and what we are supposed to do. When we read and study God’s Word, we become rooted and grounded in what we believe. We have confidence and know right from wrong. We make decisions that please God. Life becomes straightforward and our way unshakable.

It is stressful to offend ungodly people, but it is sin to offend God. Where will you take your stand today? Stand on God’s Word. He is watching over you. You will have more peace and less confusion, no matter what those other people say or do. God’s Word springs the trap. It’s a promise.

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Agree With God

If you will go find your Holy Bible, dust it off, and read the book of Romans in the New Testament section, you will come to a statement that says ALL have sinned and missed God’s glory. That means every person falls short. Only One Person ever lived perfect on earth, and that is Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. He never lied, never had stinkin’ thinkin’ against God, never rationalized anything – that is something to imagine, isn’t it?

Well, Jesus, perfect Man and Son of God made it possible for us to do more than imagine what it is like to be holy and often even go long periods of time without obvious sin. When you have faith that Jesus has done this by dying on a cross as perfect sacrifice for our sin, you can express your faith to him and ask forgiveness. He always forgives the one who comes to him in faith that he will save you.

There is something God wants you to do – agree with him that you are a sinner, that is, that you have done wrong things that God does not want you to do. This agreement is called “confession.” You don’t need a human person living on earth now to confess to. You only need to tell God himself. Tell him that you believe him about your wrongdoing, and that you are turning away from that life now. Turning away from sin is called “repentance.” God will give you a brand new life in Christ Jesus so that you CAN totally turn away.

Think about this – people don’t really like themselves much. Always trying to measure up to something that turns out to be a phantom. Our culture tells us that truth is relative to experience, which isn’t true, and impossible to live with because we need a definite code to live by. Not multiple codes that keep changing. With God, you only have to change your mind once, and that is to ask him to change your heart so you can know what real truth is, and have a new life. Your new life is in Christ, who is the One  Way, the Truth, and the Life. Follow him. He’ll show the right way to go all the time, and it will be good! He loves you, and by soaking in his love, you will come to love yourself, and that will in turn flow out of you to other people. You have friends and family who are as confused as you are. When you know Jesus for real, you can help others find him, too. And that’s the best joy in your new life of all.

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Be Thankful to God

Be thankful to God that he is so great and awesome and undeniable that no one can possibly mistake him for anyone but who he is.

Search for him and you will find him. His glory shines everywhere.

Jesus walking on the earth was not just a charismatic teacher and healer. He shone so high above everyone else that he had to be the Son of God. Period. End of subject. You know this; now go read about him in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible, recognizing the truth about him.

Focus on Jesus, risen from the dead and ascended into heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us who are wandering yet on earth – yes, we must trust him. He is too great not to be trusted totally.

Someday, we who trust him will be with him. He promises this, too, that we shall share his glory! Of course we will, because if we are with God, his glory is everywhere he is. You won’t be able to get out of it! Amazing.

Afraid of being consumed? Why? God knows you better than you know yourself, and he has better plans for you than you have for yourself. Put your life in his hands and see the glory shining today.

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The Right Path to Travel

Are you a Christian but still confused about what God wants you to do?

This is what he says through King David in Psalm 19:8 – “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight to life.” NLT

All through the Bible, God’s commandments are written down for us to study and meditate and get worked into our hearts and minds so that we apply them. The most important commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and the second most important is to love your neighbor as yourself. The Spirit of God helps us do these things, so that we know they are RIGHT, and when we do them, WE HAVE JOY IN OUR HEARTS. When that joy wells up, you can just stop right there and praise the Lord that you are obeying him.

Then there are individual circumstances in life that require specific direction from God so we don’t get out of his will into joylessness. Then we need to get quiet and ask him to command us. He promises that his commands are clear, giving insight to life.

Glory to God! Never stumble around or hide behind walls again, wondering. God makes everything bright so we can walk upright. He directs our paths.

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Because We Fear God

Almighty God, the Creator of all things, deserves our reverence and obedience. Did he not make us? Did he not make this beautiful Earth? When you look up, up, up into a clear night starry sky, can you doubt that there is One God, Creator of All Things? How could the universe hold together without a power greater than any human mind can understand? It has to be God. There is no other answer.

So we must fear God. His almighty power is fearsome. His love is also great and mighty and fearsome. God is Love.

Please listen to what God has done for us. He has made a way to be our companion and friend and to show us his love, and to give us the measure of his power we need to love others. Truly loving others in the power of God is what makes us more like him. This comes about through our believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

We love because he first loved us. We can open our hearts to all people when the love of Christ lives in us and the life of Christ is lived through us.

These are not high falutin’ words. These words are based on God’s Word, the Holy Bible, which you can read and believe for yourself. God’s Word is absolute truth. It loses nothing in translation, as modernists will argue. God is God. He has absolute power. He can protect his Word. He says it is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting deep into your physical life to reveal the spiritual life within. What is in your heart? What does the Word of God reveal? Is Christ living there unashamedly so all is well?

Let us work toward complete purity because we fear God. (2 Corinthians 7:1b)

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