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Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (NKJV)Melvin Graham, Billy’s younger brother, recently said on a national telecast:I just want to be a Nobody, willing to tell Everybody, that there is Somebody, who can save Anybody.Far from a quaint, witty cliche, there’s a mountain of sound doctrine in this one sentence summary of the Christian life. It covers the doctrines of sin, humility, evangelism, salvation, atonement, and God’s power. I just want to be a Nobody Seek to be a humble servant – 1Peter 5.6; Matt 18.4 Understand the sin nature of man – Matt 15.19; Prov 20.9; Jer 17.9 We must decrease, […]
James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (NKJV) James gets on my nerves. He constantly uses words like “all” and “every” which doesn’t leave me any wiggle room or excuses.In the previous verses we find that sin leads to death. THEREFORE, James commands us:Lay aside all filthiness What is filthiness? No surprise here, it is anything that is less than pure white. It is degree of uncleanness, all dirt… all sin. Lay it aside. Quit doing it. Stop. Throw it away. Get rid of it. I’m trying to think of some twelve dollar definitions and quote-worthy catchy phrases but it’s just too simple: get rid of sin.Overflow […]
2 Timothy 2:13 ~If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. (NKJV; emphasis mine) This is one of the most comforting verses in Scripture. Think about it… God’s faithfulness does not depend on my faithfulness. God is the ultimate in faithfulness. His character is perfect so by default, perfectly faithful. It is His nature. That’s what it means by “He cannot deny Himself”. God can no more be unfaithful than the sun can be dark or man can be perfect. God cannot deny what He innately is… and He is faithful. Faithless When we don’t prove to be faithful, God still is. And praise the Lord He is or we would be in big trouble on all levels of our lives both daily, and […]
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. (NKJV)There is one thing almost every person wants deep down: peace. Not just peace in their nation (absence of war), but peace in their relationships (absence of conflict), and peace in their mind (absence of confusion and guilt). Very few people ever find true peace and it is simply because they have the wrong definition of peace to begin with and they search for it in the wrong place. True peace is not the absence of conflictThe absence of conflict is at best just a temporary ceasefire in hostilities when both sides are reorganizing for attack, whether it be two people, or two nations. Despite Nobel Peace Prize winners, the United […]
Luke 18:13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ (NKJV) Humility is repeatedly put forth in Scripture as a basic characteristic of the Christian. What is the foundation of humility? It can be found in Jesus teaching, commonly known as the Beatitudes:Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (NKJV) What exactly is “poor in spirit”? The idea is to be “spiritually destitute and bankrupt”. It is the realization that we are hopelessly lost and in need of being rescued. It goes much deeper than the idea of helping ourselves. It’s like a poor, lame beggar […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV) Most Christians worry occasionally, if only briefly. Some Christians worry constantly despite abundantly clear Scripture that forbids it (Philippians 4:6; Matthew 6:25-34; 1 Peter 5:7). Worry, and its older brother “fear”, are sure fire JOY KILLERS! In fact, I would propose it is impossible to have a joy-filled life if you allow worry to be part of it. To worry means “to strangle” and that is certainly the affect it has on joy. Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious [worry] for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (NKJV) We […]
A Reader Asks: My husband is not a church goer. For the last couple of years I have not tithed consistently. I did …
Question:My husband is not a church goer. For the last couple of years I have not tithed consistently. I did for years but my husband would complain because we didn’t have enough money to pay everything. He always says that I don’t have the money to tithe. Am I bringing curses upon myself for not consistently tithing? I do give offerings when I can. My husband has never directly told me not to tithe. Do I disregard what he says concerning this. I have asked for us to give a set amount every week but he hasn’t agreed to it. What should I do? Answer:You have a matter of conscience that involves to apparently conflicting Christian principles.Giving (commonly called tithing):2 Corinthians 9:7 So let each […]
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