Our faith depends on our engagement with Jesus, our creator. If we maintain a sense of his ongoing presence with us—and respond accordingly—our faith is alive and well. As a reminder, faith is always transitive as our bond with Jesus. He is our partner in spiritual faith as he engages us and we respond to him. So if he remains a distant figure—a memory from last Sunday’s sermon, an entry in a creedal faith, or an iconic figure in our Christian music menu—then our faith is a religious myth.
All of the amazing facts occur at the moment that a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour! All of the facts are positional truths. Some may not be apparent as an evident experience at the moment of salvation. (What the believer is to do as a practical result of knowing who he is will be considered under the last section of walking in the Spirit.) This post: Facts One and Two
We must not make the assumption that “discipline” & “reproof” are executed angrily by God. This is a human attachment which is by no means necessary. Training and reproof can often – and perhaps MOST often ought to be done gently and lovingly. Picture a father with his steadying hand on the bicycle while his sweet daughter attempts to ride for the first time without training wheels.
I have had numerous conversations with people about this “which God?” subject. It has implications in how we evangelize those of different faiths. It has implications in how we interact in our churches. It really does make a difference which God we are speaking about. Is it right to feel positive about a vague monotheism involving a God defined in His substance apart from the Trinity?
All too often, the idea is that there’s the “pew fodder” and there’s the priestly class of clergymen. That is a gross distortion of the church of Jesus Christ. You see, Peter is clearly saying here that there are two things that are true of every believer in Christ as they come to Him. One is that they are each a “living stone” that, along with all the other “living stones”, are being built into God’s temple.
We are told that God is not a man that he should have regret before we are told that God regretted having made Saul king so that we could understand that God did not regret having made Saul king in the same way that we humans regret the things that we do. Here is the point in the form of a principle; God does regret, but He doesn’t regret like we do.
The dark night of the soul is not a place where we believers travel by ourselves. We have the good Shepherd alongside us to walk through the valley of the shadow of death with us. And faith is not a function of “seeing” beforehand how things will work out in the end, but of our holding onto Jesus as the pioneer and sustainer of faith. His love is greater than death. And he’s not afraid of the dark.
There is freedom from living a guilt-ridden life to those who have received Christ, once the person learns his true identity in Christ. Sadly, there are too few Christians who learn this early in their Christian experience, and, it is safe to say, many never do.
In the darkest of hours, He cannot love you any more, nor can He love you any less. See Him as ontologically unable to fail to keep His word, or to break His promises. He does not merely carry out His promises faithfully, He IS faithful.
Sometimes an individual in a church is described as being a very godly individual. But what does that mean? This post was sparked by a comment at a recent gathering of Christian leaders where one of the speakers stated that godliness is a “steady growth in reverence for God.”
There will be things about your church that seem disappointing. There will be times when people let you down. There will be misunderstandings and differences of opinion. There will be difficult times. There will be hardships. That’s because the building is not yet complete. The foundation stone is perfect but the other stones are still being knocked into shape and fitted together.
Whatever we do in the presence of fellow Christians will have some effect on them. Obviously if we do something bad, we present a bad example to those around us. But Paul here 1 Corinthians 8 is talking about eating meat, which in and of itself is not sinful. In other words, sometimes even doing something that is not wrong can have a negative effect on fellow Christians.
The Bible regularly presents God as ruling all realms of nature, including weather. Think, for instance, of Noah’s flood in Genesis 7. Or the Genesis 41 account of a seven-year famine in Joseph’s era. There were also the three rainless years in Elijah’s time—in 1 Kings 17.
Having heavenly life means that the individual is now enabled to see the earthly sojourn as temporary, transient, and see himself or herself as being an alien and stranger in the world system that prevails during the earthly life span, with his or her citizenship in heaven. He learns that through identification with Christ, he is seated with Christ in the heavenlies (in the realm of his present spiritual position, Eph. 2:6), and is afforded the opportunity to view his present experience from the heavenly viewpoint (Mt. 6:33; Col. 3:1‑3).