I am free. I have been freed from the chains of the law. When I try to uphold the law and live according to the law — for the purposes of accomplishing the law — it leads to death (Romans 6:23). The Apostle Paul spoke of this, and explained that it is through knowing the law that we are aware of our sin (Romans 7:7). […]
I approached God this morning on my knees. As my king, I approach the throne as his servant. Humbly requesting attendance with him. And I asked him to hold his blessings and his instructions for me until I confessed my sins to him.
Jesus, the Man While Jesus was unquestionably “fully human” and “fully God”, we must recognize that being fully human did, in fact, bring significant limitations. While Jesus was clearly connected to God, it was also a requirement of his humanity to be disconnected from God at the same time. Jesus received his power from the Father, but Jesus admitted that there were things the Father […]
I love God. I tell him this regularly. I find myself often overcome with thanksgiving and praise, and talk a great deal about what I’m willing to do for him. But lately, I find myself growing concerned with how I love him.
How does he know? What evidence is there in my life of my love and commitment to his ways and his words? I’ve heard the discussionary question asked, “If you were arrested and sent to court for being a disciple of Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Tough question. How much evidence would they need? In my heart, I feel so convicted about my discipleship and my role in God’s family. And while I try to live faithfully, and demonstrate my love for God in every aspect of my life, I look back on any given day and don’t really see it.
God can either choose to declare something as holy, or accept something that we’ve declared to be holy, set apart for Him, by freely offering that something to Him. But, as in the case of Cain, what good does it do us if we offer God the things that are of no great consequence to us?
Let’s say it’s my dad’s birthday, but I have no money to go buy him a present, and so I’ve determined to offer him one of my own possessions as a gift instead. So I dig through my closet and find an old sweater that I never wear. I know I won’t miss it, and so I feel there’s no great cost to me. It’s a really nice sweater, and I think he’ll like it.
What’s it mean to be tuned in? A popular online dictionary defines tune (noun) as “an agreement in pitch; unison; harmony.” As a verb, its defined as “to bring (someone or something) into harmony” or, in the context of radio, “to adjust so as to receive the signals of a particular transmitting station.”
So often I find myself missing the larger blocks of time with God. While I don’t want to get trapped in any fixed procedure in my time with Him, I am careful not to be too rigid in when I read my Bible or pray, while being as regular in these moments as I can. But I tell you, because I “pray continually” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16-18), reading God’s Word is where I really falter.
Pride is a wonderful thing. It gives us an amazing power to achieve great things. The only drawback is that it directs us to accomplish things that only give us glory, instead of God. We seek that glorious prize – a 1st place trophy, a trophy home, a trophy car, or a trophy life – and we do so with a fervor that allows us […]
You know, it was recently suggested that the terms “ministry” and “mission” meant very specific things, and should be regarded in separate and specific ways. Ministry was deemed to be focused on service to believers, while mission was focused on service to those outside the church (e.g. “the mission field”).
And, while I may concede to this concept at its surface, based on the context of the original argument, I cannot accept this clear-cut definition in real-world application.
A cursory examination of the use of the term minister reveals, beyond the instance of
“After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died. After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.” – Genesis 5:30-32
Lamech had other sons and daughters, but at the youthful age of 182, he had Noah. We cannot assume that Noah was one of the eldest sons (if not the oldest), even though Noah himself didn’t have his three boys until after he was 500 years old…
Worship isn’t for me. I don’t mean that I don’t like to worship, I mean that worship is not for my benefit.
Somewhere along the way, I’d forgotten this. In my earlier years as a believer, when my relationship with God was so brand new, all I wanted to do was to worship and offer my praise and thanksgiving to him. In fact, that’s all I did. It seems that everything I did and everywhere I went was about worshiping God…