When you don’t know what to do, or you are not able do what you think you should do, the right thing to do is wait on the Lord. This isn’t wasting time. This is letting the Lord lead in your life. Examples of waiting on the Lord with good outcomes Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers and then spent at least 2 years in prison on false charges. This was not wasting time. Joseph realized Continue reading Waiting on the Lord is not wasting time
When Samuel was sent to anoint a new king to replace Saul, he fell into a common trap. It’s not about appearance, countenance, height, or stature. It’s all about the heart. When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, Continue reading Don’t judge by appearance, countenance, height, or stature, because the LORD looks at the heart
Surely you agree that all one must do in order to be saved is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) But, of course, this is not just a mental assent to the fact that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. Rather, it is first seeing ourselves as sinners who deserve what Christ bore for us, and then, in humble and grateful acceptance of what He has done for us, coming to the end of Continue reading The Security of the Believer Safe in Christ
Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was justified and the other was rejected. What was the difference? Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. Continue reading Two men went up to the temple to pray, which one was justified?
All the man-made religions of the world teach you how to improve your zeal and your work to make yourself right before God. This turns into an endless treadmill of working harder with more zeal to overcome your sins. Jesus Christ defeated the treadmill, and he wants to give you the victory. Don’t fall victim to these fails.
Very few people will claim their opinion is better than God. Very few people will claim their judgment is greater than God. Very few people will claim their wisdom is higher than God. Very few people will claim their self-righteousness exceeds God. Very few people will claim their moral superiority allows them to be contemptuous of other sinners. But, let’s examine the facts… self-ri’-chus-nes: A term that has come to designate moral living as a way of salvation; or as a ground for neglecting the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The Continue reading What about self-righteousness?
The title of this post is an oxymoron (a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction) on purpose. All of the following impossible things would have to happen for you to lose your salvation. None of these things can happen. Therefore, you can be confident your salvation is secure.
When someone in our society does something bad against the law, is caught by law enforcement, convicted by a jury of their peers, sentenced by a judge, and spends time in jail or prison as punishment for their crimes, and is released at the end of their sentence, they have “served their time,” they have paid the debt to society. Some people live such good lives they think they are perfect, God owes them, and they deserve salvation. These people Continue reading Have you served your time? Has the punishment for your sins been completed?
Three gatherings: smallest, largest, and others. Which gathering are you a part of? I pray to God that you will be part of all three of these. 1) The smallest gatherings of Christians For where two or three are gathered together4863 in1519 my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20) 4863 Sunagó from sun and agó — to lead together, i.e. bring together, hence come together (pass.), entertain 1519 Eis to or into (indicating the point reached or entered, Continue reading 3 most important gatherings of Christians
6 hostage negotiation techniques that will get you what you want from Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker There are five steps: Active Listening: Listen to their side and make them aware you’re listening. Empathy: You get an understanding of where they’re coming from and how they feel. Rapport: Empathy is what you feel. Rapport is when they feel it back. They start to trust you. Influence: Now that they trust you, you’ve earned the right to work on Continue reading The surprising reason you can’t influence behavior change