Monday, March 03, 2014
Then Jesus told his disciples, (Matthew 16:24-25, ESV)
There is an "elitist self-spirituality" that some people embrace that doesn't require a personal God. Why? Because they say, "we are gods."All of us have an empty place in our souls that was meant to be occupied by God, and God alone. Something must fill that lonely place in our inner being. If our soul is not filled with God's Spirit, then we will be full of ourselves. Only a Jesus centered life is capable of true fulfillment in this life, and in the life to come. Jesus is," the way the truth and the life."
The self-centered religious person will even seek to use Jesus and some of his teaching while rejecting God's moral laws. This elitist mentality seeks to live life according to a spirituality that they have created. There is no self denial, it's all about personal happiness. But true freedom and happiness comes when we give up the 'Jesus' of our own imagination, and embrace the Jesus of the Bible.
Many simply fear hell, so they add as much Jesus as they can to their self-centered religious idolatry. While many simply deny the reality of the Deity of Jesus Christ, and assume that they are part of some cosmic god-conscienceness. They seek to free themselves from all God ordained boundaries that he has set up for our own good. It is a challenge to all of us to flee those things that God opposes, because we are all so easily drawn away for him into our own idolatrous ways. - Bobby
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Monday, February 17, 2014
The Western church is presently in a crisis. Many of our church leaders have been so saturated with an anti-supernatural worldview that they seem afraid of the present day work of the Holy Spirit. This type of unbelief has been fueled by the Enlightenment and excesses in the Charismatic/ Pentecostal movements. We Evangelicals in the Western world need a fresh encounter with the God who inspired the Bible we cherish so much. The naturalistic or strictly scientific worldview that many in the west have embraced is dying. We are all spiritual beings, so we can never ultimately be satisfied with a natural explanation of the meaning of life. If the Church doesn't step up and help spiritually hungry people, the Neural Buddhist/New Age types will seek to fill the void, according to Dr. Gary Habermas. Neural Buddhism is a mixture of science and Buddhism.
Dr. Craig Keener makes an excellent point in his commentary on Romans, "Western Christendom today has imbibed the radical Enlightenment's skepticism of the supernatural, suspicious of miracles and other divine interventions. For Paul, however, the genuine Christian life is "supernatural" (i.e. , divinely empowered) from start to finish, a life by God's own Spirit. Apart from acknowledging and embracing the Spirit, the best imitations of Pauline religion are just "flesh." - Bobby
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
The fact that God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us is proof that he desires fellowship with us. Yes, God is meant to be experienced. The goal of all biblical knowledge is to glorify Him and to conform our hearts into his image. Spiritual transformation happens as we obey the truth and seek to live in His presence. Our spiritual growth is the result of our conscience awareness that Christ is in us and we are in him. We must understand that God manifest presence comes and goes as we walk with him. During the dry times we must press into God in prayer and meditation on the word. The idea of giving up is not an option for those who are following Jesus. Disciples must stand firm in the face of adversity. Our goal is to know God and be apart of advancing his agenda (Kingdom). Lets all run the race God has for us and finish well. - Bobby