Oct 212017
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

(PA)

Oct 162017
 

Bible1 600“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). 

How do you feel about Bible study?  

Is it a delight?

Or a drudgery? 

Unfortunately, many of us look at our time in God’s Word as mere drudgery.

Perhaps it’s the way we read the Bible.  

Many of us read God’s Word in a hunt-and-peck method.

We read a little here and a little there with no genuine concern for context or what a book of the Bible is teaching.  

We read the Bible sporadically-

– then we can’t understand why we are not able to benefit from what the Scriptures teach. 

Psalm 1 tells us that the wise person of God meditates in the Scriptures day and night.  

What does it mean to meditate?  

By meditation the Bible is not speaking of a so-called transcendental meditation-

– where a person disengages their mind to the point of receiving impressions from elsewhere.  

The meditation that the Bible advocates deliberately engages the conscious mind with the truths of God’s Word. 

Meditation involves studying the Bible with our minds and truly thinking about what we are reading. 

You should ask yourself a series of questions when you study the Bible.

Next time you attempt to meditate on God’s Word, ask yourself these four questions:

Is there any sin here for me to avoid?

Is there any promise for me to claim?

Is there any victory to gain?

Is there any blessing to enjoy?

When we read with these questions in mind-

– we demand a real sense of anticipation.  

We’re no longer just reading the Bible like it is an assignment in a classroom.  

Instead, we recognize that this is the Word of God.

And we are to value God’s words more than gold.  

There are great rewards for the person who meditates on the Scriptures day and night. 

(PA)

 

It is an investment!

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Oct 062017
 

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We need sleep!

The Bible makes it clear that God expects us to take care of our bodies.

And sleep is part of that care.

But the psalmist sacrifices his sleep for the Word of God.

“I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word” (Psalm 119:147, 148).

Jesus also was up early in the morning-

– praying and meditating on the Word.

And on the Mount of Transfiguration-

Jesus, Moses and Elijah were discussing Christ’s plan to die in Jerusalem.

Peter, James and John were there, but they were asleep (Luke 9:32).

They slept through perhaps the greatest Bible conference ever held on earth!

Some of us have done the same thing!

We have slept through the blessing!!

For God to bless us through His Word-

– we have to start each day with it.

Do you set your alarm clock early enough in the morning to read the Bible?

Sacrificing sleep-

– to meditate in the Word of God is not a loss.

It’s an investment in your spiritual life.

The Bible contains blessings you can use the rest of the day.

Let it be the key that opens and locks your day.

(PA)

Jul 242017
 

When you feel deserted-

– alone in standing for what’s right, read Psalm 12.

The emphasis in this psalm is on words, on speaking. 

First,

David speaks in prayer.Vs.1-3. 

Where are the godly?

People today don’t want to take a stand for the truth.

But David stood for what is right. 

Sometimes we feel the faithful have disappeared–those who believe in prayer, giving and commitment. 

Today’s generation doesn’t believe in commitment, especially with our words. 

We hear so much empty talk, lies and flattery.

Flattery is manipulative, not communicative, like our advertising and some of our preaching. 

Second,

The wicked speak in pride.v. 4. 

Never underestimate the power of speech. 

Jesus told the truth; His enemies argued.

He gave words of life; they rejected Him.

He came in love; they crucified Him. 

One of the evidences that a person is giving the truth of God’s Word is that he is rejected.  

People don’t want to hear truth unless they belong to truth.John 10:4. 

Third,

God speaks in promise.Vs. 5,7. 

His words are pure, not empty lying.v. 6.

But the words of the wicked will burn in the furnace. 

God’s Word is precious, because it cost Jesus’ life. 

It is proved.v. 6.

And permanent.v. 7. 

He keeps His promises.

God knows where His people are, and He helps them.

“I will arise”; “I will protect”; “I can be trusted”.Vs.5-7. 

So much that is spoken in this world is untrue and empty talk. 

Be encouraged that God speaks in promise.

His Word is pure and true. 

When you are surrounded by lies-

Rest on the promises of the Bible. 

(PA)

Mar 132017
 

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8.

Legalism, in Christian theology, is a term referring to an over-emphasis on discipline of conduct, or legal ideas, usually implying an allegation of misguided rigor, pride, the neglect of mercy, and ignorance of the grace of God, or emphasizing the letter of law at the expense of the spirit.

Wow!
Did you get all that?

One reason fundamentalist Christians are so resented is-
– quite frankly, because some fundamentalists have added words to Scripture.

Well-intentioned people feel there is a need to add to Scripture and not trust Scripture to be enough.

Throughout the years, we have seen certain legalisms permeate many denominations.

Every denomination grabs hold of certain legalisms with the best of intentions.

Of course, there are no greater legalists today than the secular legalists who espouse political correctness.

They have become the modern day Gestapo-
– when it comes to enforcing select legalisms of their choice.

Understand that man-made legalisms are an insult to God and to His Word.

It’s like saying the Bible is incomplete-
– and we have the knowledge to correct the scriptures with added insight on what is right and wrong.

In fact, we are getting into some very scary territory when we do that.

God’s Word plainly says:
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” Proverbs 30:5-6.

That’s strong!
The Word of God is enough!

(PA)