Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? (Psalm 10:13 ESV)
if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3 ESV)
The attitude of many in our nation has been to renounce God and the authority of his word. This new sense of "enlightenment" mocks God and seeks to eradicate his name from our national life. We have allowed great spiritual darkness into our land. The present course that we are on will prove to be disastrous, if we don't turn back to God.
The church in America must be awakened to turn from our own sins and to pray. We are responsible for much of the moral chaos that we see in our culture. The lack of teaching on discipleship in many of our churches has resulted in many false conversions. Following Jesus as our Lord and walking away from our sinful, rebellious and self - centered lives is not optional.
The darkness that was sown into our culture during the sexual revolution of the 60's and 70's has resulted in a harvest of lawlessness, and we are presently reaping what we have sown. Sexual sin (both heterosexual and homosexual) has gone unopposed in many American churches. Truth and compassion must be expressed as we all take inventory of our own lives and repent of our sins. Greed and excessive materialism has infiltrated the Church, and with some, it has become its main message.
We are called to be in the world, but not of it. God is full of mercy and it's time for his people to return to him. Do you hear Him calling? - Bobby
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7 ESV)
Being a disciple of Jesus is not only believing in Jesus but also believing like him. As we are rooted and grounded in the love of God we develop the mind of Christ. This transforming experience only happens to those that diligently seek the Lord. God gives illumination to those who study his word with the intent to obey Him.
Even though Jesus was fully God and fully man he submitted himself to his Father in perfect obedience. He came to serve others, not to be served. One of the true marks of a maturing disciple is having a servant's heart. If we have a true understanding of God's heart, it will be evident in our lives by the way we help those who are in need and are hurting.
If we pursue knowledge only for the sake of knowledge, we end up only gaining information, not revelation. Information alone does not change our character. It may alter our behavior somewhat but real spiritual transformation will not occur. Only delighting in God and his word will put us on the path of transformation.
Our goal should be to act and think like Jesus, our lives must revolve around him. Only the Spirit of God can change the object of our affections. We naturally gravitate to the worthless idols of this present world order. So, we must pray to have our focus redirected to Jesus and his Kingdom agenda. Jesus was not of this world, even though he created it. Yet, he came to live among us in the form of a servant to bring his lost sheep back to his Father. In the life of Jesus, we see how we were truly created to live. - Bobby
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1 ESV)
"Truth is a great fertilizer for the soul." - Stuart McAlpine
If a tree is not planted in good soil and well watered with the right nutrients, it will eventually wither and die. According to Stuart McAlpine the picture we see in Psalm 1 is probably of a tree planted near a irrigation channel in Babylon, while the Jews were living in captivity. This is an interesting observation because even if we are planted in enemy territory, we can still flourish spiritually if we seek the Lord.
We are God's trees and we must feed off the word of God if we are to prosper spiritually, like the man mentioned in Psalm 1. We must be intentional about our spiritual growth. This requires turning off the computer and television at times, and tuning out all other distractions.
Eugene Peterson teaches that we must meditate on Scripture the same way a dog chews on a bone. This is a much more aggressive form of meditation than most of us have understood. This requires a day and night preoccupation with the truth.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.(Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)
....that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love... (Ephesians 3:16-17 ESV)
Jesus Christ is the good soil that God has planted us in. - Bobby