Sometimes I approach reading the word of God with haste because I’m anxious to learn. This is a good thing but it becomes a bad thing when done so hastily that I forget to pray. The reason why Atheists have a hard time understanding the principles of the bible is because they do not have the Holy Spirit of God guiding them, teaching them and helping them to understand. We as Christians do have this, but when we approach God’s word without first praying and asking for it, there will be times where we finish reading and feel like we’ve gotten nowhere. God is the one who equips you with understanding, so when you leave Him out of the process you inadvertently handicap yourself. It is an amazing thing to be anxious for God, but it is dangerous when your anxiousness supplements your patience.
We must speak to God and ask for Him to sanctify us by His truth which is His word, and help us to apply that word to ourselves. Then the outcome will be a lot more pleasant. It is kind of like the order of a day, if the sun fully rose before the rooster crows, what good would the rooster be, or if a flower grew from a seed without being planted first, what good would the soil be? Therefore we must talk to God first so that His word can have the impact it is supposed to have on us and so it can resonate with us. 🙂
“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’But wisdom is proved right by all her children” (Luke 7:33-35).
Last night, my wife and I were talking about the religious leaders in the Gospels. She asked me, “How could they have had any doubts whatsoever concerning whether or not Jesus was who He said He was. With all the miracles He had done, the prophecies He had foretold, the things that He knew about that were done in secret, how could they not see?”
I looked at her and said, “I KNOW RIGHT!!!” The fact of the matter is people make themselves blind to truths that they do not want to or are not yet ready to accept. The Jewish leaders of that day were not looking for Jesus to be their Messiah. They were looking for an immediate deliverer and conqueror that would rescue them from Rome.
This is indeed what they received, they just did not understand that Jesus was rescuing them from something far more important than what they wanted deliverance from. The Jews in that day were looking for deliverance from Rome, but Jesus gave them deliverance from themselves. Jesus, in sacrificing Himself, rescued them from the bondage that their sin kept them in. If they thought the years that they served under the empire of Rome was bad, Hell is a lot worse. They received a Messiah greater than what they could have imagined. The only problem is, they did not accept the fact that they were unclean and they weren’t going to let Jesus tell them they were.
This is the problem with thinking highly of oneself. If you do not see a fault in what you are doing, you will not be willing to change your ways. The religious leaders did not want what Jesus was offering because they did not feel like they needed it. Moreover, the religious leaders enjoyed their roles within the church. They liked being thought highly of, setting the rules, wearing fancy robes and praying out loud for people to see how spiritual they were. Jesus condemned all of their actions and because they were not humble, they blinded themselves to the truth. How do we know this? In the verse I quoted above, Jesus states that the religious leaders thought John the baptist had a demon because he did not come eating bread and drinking wine, but Jesus came eating and drinking and they say He is a glutton and a drunkard. They were trying to remain blissfully ignorant because they refused to accept the truth.
It was clear as day who Jesus was, just like it is clear as day that there is a creator but many atheists just like the Pharisees, do not want to accept this truth. Instead, they offer flawed self-defeating arguments in an attempt to disprove God, just like the Pharisees. When those arguments do not work out for them they move to moral and philosophical arguments which neither prove or disprove the existence of a God. Today we deal with people who blind themselves willingly from the truth.
Jesus says, “wisdom is proved by all her children.” In order to be counted as wise one must exhibit humility. The ability to humble oneself leads to the acceptance of correction, putting others first, being quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath and a healthy fear of God. When someone displays these attributes they come to the understanding that there is a creator and that Jesus is the savior. When these conclusions are drawn, you prove that there is a source of wisdom. Without a creator, wisdom is just a concept of wishful thinking. How can anything be intelligent if there is no creator who defines what intelligence is?
Jesus, before He returns is already a conqueror! He conquered death and the grave so that it would no longer have a hold on us. He conquered sin so that it would no longer define us. He conquered the law so we would no longer be judged by it. He is a conqueror with an everlasting kingdom that will never fall and I accept this conqueror. I accept Him as my Lord and savior because He is the only one with the power to set me free from the shackles of sin. I choose to spread His truth and follow His instruction because it brings forth life, life everlasting!
As we dig into God’s word we may not grasp or understand the meaning of every concept we come across, but we cannot let this discourage us. We should focus on taking what God has revealed to us in the word at that given time and trusting that He will continue to reveal His word to us as He sees fit and in the right time. God knows just what He wants us to focus on and what He wants to teach us in our different seasons in life. In times of uncertainty or confusion, we should look to, and rely on the wisdom of our all-knowing, all-powerful and almighty God. We cannot rely on our own understanding or worldly wisdom because the word of God is perfect and eternal truth. If we are to understand this truth we must look to the one eternal being. That is why God tells us not to rely on our own understanding but instead, trust Him and focus on renewing our mind with the truth in His word. Then the Holy Spirit will guide and teach us continually in all that we do, and we will receive wisdom, understanding, and the right mindset/perspective in accordance with God’s truth. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
At times we can feel a sense of voidness, so we may seek to fill that void space inside of us. As followers of Christ we must not seek the things of this world to quench and satisfy our needs. John speaks on the love of the world in 1 John 2:15-17 saying,
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
After all, this world will leave us empty, dissatisfied and broken. Look to Jesus for any and every need because He is our Great Provider, and is the only one who can truly fulfill our every need. Only in Him will we find true contentment and joy. We want to be able to say …
“I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope (Romans 5:3-4)
In order to have a testimony, you must be put through a test. God prepares us throughout our lives to be vessels to be sent out into the world to be a blessing to other people. When you are in the midst of a trial rejoice knowing that God has already given you the victory. Once your prosperous, use your prosperity to guide others through their hardships. We win souls and maintain salvation with unselfish love and provide hope to the hopeless.
I wrote this a little while back for my wonderful sister in Christ Lene and really wanted to share it with the folks that follow me. Be sure to give Lene a visit because she has wonderful material, she’s super encouraging especially on the subject of waiting for marriage and she helped me out tremendously 🙂
There is only room for one on the throne of our hearts. That seat should be filled by Jesus Christ. But sometimes we find ourselves on the throne of our own hearts. When we are the forefront and focus we find ourselves at odds with Christ. We need Him to be the forefront and center in our lives, as we step down and surrender the throne to Him. We must allow Him to be our all and remove ourselves from the scene. When the focus is on Christ and not on us, our lives are put back into order. All the chaos in our lives takes a backseat to prosperity, as we glorify God by allowing Him to have complete control over our lives. Only He holds the power to transform us, and in our weakness we are made strong, for “greater is He who is in you.”
This is a guest post that I wrote for Mrs. Brown for her website married by his grace
Why does the bible recommend that the relationship between a husband and wife resemble the relationship between Christ and the church?
To have a prosperous relationship with God you need to completely submit yourself to His will. You need to fully devote yourself to Him and only Him. Every decision you make should be done in prayer and consultation with the Lord, not by your own understanding. You must dwell in His word and walk the straight and narrow path that Jesus laid out for us. You must spend time with God, seeking Him, talking to Him and listening to Him. These are aspects of the role that the church plays in the relationship between ourselves and Christ.
When we play our part Jesus is always faithful in going above and beyond our expectations. He listens and answers our prayers; He helps us to overcome insurmountable odds; He intercedes on our behalf; He forgives time and time again; He loves us unconditionally; He never gives up on us; He is always there and He blesses us abundantly even though we don’t deserve it. These are aspects of the role that Jesus plays in the relationship between ourselves and Christ.
Read the rest at marriedbyhisgrace.com
I have four people who are extremely inspirational to me in my life. Lets start with the one you all know.
There is so much that I have to say about this amazing woman that I have started a series of blogs about her. It is called she raised me and it will continue once the thirty day blog challenge is over. To view the first post click the link below:
If it wasn’t for my cousin James I wouldn’t know what it feels like to have a brother. He is a male figure that I can look up to. He once lived an extremely troublesome life but turned it all around entirely. He is married with kids and is completely lacking in care when it comes to financials. He isn’t rich by any means, but for some reason never worries about a dollar. He used to be a follower of Christ but has fallen away from his faith. Now with every conversation we have I spend a majority of it trying to convince him of the legitimacy of scripture and the life of Jesus Christ. He is hard headed but will definitely come around and when he does I will probably cry because it will mean he is officially my true brother. My brother in Christ! I will definitely write about him more in the future
My mommy 🙂
Tomorrow’s post is dedicated completely to the wonderful woman that you see beside me. You will learn a lot more about her then so for now I will just say this, I spend a lot of my time getting on her nerves and joking with her. She goes above and beyond when it comes to support and I know that I can count on her no matter what. Also I think it is worth mentioning that without a shadow of a doubt I AM HER FAVORITE CHILD. haha 🙂
Last but not least, “There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might (Jeremiah 10:6).” My lord and savior Jesus Christ is my greatest source of inspiration. One can search high and low but no matter where you look it is impossible to find something in the dark. “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life“” (John 8:12). I walk in light as I follow the path set forth by Jesus and am honored to place my foot into His shoes that I will never be able to fill. Jesus in all of His ways, in all of His truth, throughout His life, Inspires me to follow The way, the truth and the life which He so veraciously describes Himself as being. Jesus I replace your crown of thorns with a crown of praise as I lift up my eyes to the hills from which comes my help (psalm 121:1-2 paraphrased)! I acknowledge you as the head of my life and offer you my heart as a thrown for you to sit upon. I choose the narrow road that leads to everlasting life and every step I take, every word I speak and write and all that I do is inspired by you Lord.
These are the people who inspire me! Who inspires you? leave a comment below telling me about your source of inspiration. 🙂 Frog it as always family (Fully Rely On God).