Saturday, January 23, 2010
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Loving your enemy, which is a pretty tall order. Let's continue with that for a moment.
Just imagine how your relationship with your enemies would be if you loved them, if you blessed them, if you did good for them, and if you prayed for them. That would be one unique relationship. The funny thing is, your heart would begin to turn toward them. This is a behavior of a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
A lofty expectation at first glance, but consider that Christ first loved us who were his enemies and realize that it is His Spirit that enables you to do as He did.
God has a different standard because He weighs a covenant differently than we do. He values it! So when we consider the covenant He made with the blood of His Son so that we could be His bride we need to grateful that His value system is different. We need to understand that the covenant of marriage is not just a covenant between the two getting married but also between them and God. So may we value the covenant that we have made with spouses. However, if we haven't then we should cling to covenant that was through the blood of Christ as we always should. Though we should never abuse that covenant.
Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- I vow to be faithful to you as long as you let me see other women.
- I vow to take care of you as long as you don't question my spending.
- I vow to love you until something better comes along.
That probably would not work. Then why do we think that we can have a relationship with God that looks that way?
- I surrender all as long as you don't ask anything of me that will cost me.
- I will be obedient as long as you don't lead me to share my faith.
- I will sacrifice all I have for you as long as you don't ask me to quit my addictions.
I know it sounds silly right. Is it really? We do something like this often and think that it is ok. Jesus asks us to sever ourselves from the very thing that causes us to sin. If you look throughout the context we see that the root of our actions of sin are planted not by our body parts but by our heart. Not the physical heart, but the heart of who we are. We naturally desire sin, so it is not our body parts fault, but our worldly desires. Centered at our hearts. So we need spiritual heart transplants. Check this out in Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Our heart of stone repels anything that God leads us to. The heart of flesh is the softened heart that is open to the call of God.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
- God knows our every thought
- Seeds when planted.... grow, so others will eventually know
James 1:14 -15 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.So what can we do about those seeds? Confess and repent.
- Confess those things before God
- Repent, turn your mind from the thoughts that led those things (environment and habits)
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Galatians 6:7-10 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
So be careful what you plant!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
- God creates > which points to Jesus
- Man fails - sins > we need righteousness - which point to Jesus
- God gives the Law, which exposes how we've failed and need Him > we need righteousness -which point to Jesus
- Israel rides the roller coaster of obedience to God's Law, inability to be faithful > we need righteousness - which points to Jesus
- Prophets tell of one who would bridge the gap between Law and God > we need righteousness - which points to Jesus
- Jesus comes and teaches on how to live as a citizen of this Kingdom with lots of expectations > we need righteousness - which points to Jesus
- Jesus suffers and dies and rises from the dead, the Law is fulfilled in Him > righteousness given - which points to Jesus
- The church age comes and we realize that Law was God's grace exposing our need of Him, Christ came and met that need showing God's grace
- Eternity awaits for the righteous not by works but for the righteous through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ
The law sends us to Jesus to be justified, because it shows us our inability to please God in ourselves. But after we come to Jesus, He sends us back to the law to learn the heart of God's desire for our conduct and sanctification. After we are sanctified we are sent to be glorified because of His righteousness.