Beyond the Tangible

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Life consists of much more than what we can see with our human eyes. In fact, the visible is merely that which is transitory and corruptible.  The invisible world of the Father is that which is permanent and incorruptible. Continue reading “Beyond the Tangible”

Anxiety Versus Faith

I have spent many hours, days and even years laden with anxieties.  It is not an optimum way to live life.  There was a time that anxiety was such a way of life that on one occasion, when I was at peace with no anxieties, I became anxious about not being anxious, thinking something must be wrong.

Anxiety is the antithesis of faith.  When we are anxious, we are not believing and when we are believing, we are not anxious. It is that simple. Continue reading “Anxiety Versus Faith”

A Sure Foundation

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11).

We are no more secure than the foundation on which our lives are built.  All of us realize the importance of a solid foundation for any kind of structure.  Jesus referred to its significance in Luke 6:47,48:  “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like:  He is like a man who built an house, and dugged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock; and when a flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock.” 

Over the years I have ministered to countless numbers of people.  I have seen some who have faced impossible opposition and odds in their walk of obedience and who have persevered. I have seen many who floundered and turned back–some physically and others mentally and emotionally while giving the appearance of going on. Continue reading “A Sure Foundation”

Because God Loved, We Can Love

The idea of love is a highly abused concept. From ancient times to the present people have sought it, received it, given it, and abused it. One must wander through a forest of semantics and wade through a swamp of corrupted ideas and ideals to find the essence of love in any culture.

Many mistakenly think of love in the sense of such emotions as passion or ecstasy. Couples entering into marriage with no more than sensual feelings will ultimately be disillusioned as passion begins to fail.

Love has never been more aptly modeled, described or expressed than in the gift of Jesus. He, Himself, quite adequately voiced it in John 3:16 when He said: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ Continue reading “Because God Loved, We Can Love”

A Faith Driven Life

On one occasion, Jesus the very penetrating and pertinent question, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:8)? That question is very thought provoking, especially since the scriptures teach “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

According to 1 Corinthians 3:13, the primary concern of the Judgment Seat of Christ is “What sort or kind of works we have done while on earth.” “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work OF WHAT SORT IT IS.” It seems to me that the works that will go with us into Heaven as the basis of our rewards will be evaluated based on three primary motivations:

  • Whether they have been done exclusively for the glory of God.
  • Whether they have been based sole on obedience to the expressed commands of Jesus.
  • Whether their motivating and enabling factors have been faith.
  • Unfortunately, much of our “Christian” activity as well as that of many churches seems to be devoid of faith. The disciples once asked Jesus “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God” (John 6:28)? Jesus answered with a very straightforward reply: “This is the work of God, that ye BELIEVE ON HIM whom he hath sent” (John 6:29).

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Responding Graciously

None of us can avoid or prevent conflicting situations with others all of time. There are many times we would much rather vent our anger toward others who have been offensive than to choose responsible and Godly behavior in its stead.

The world’s philosophy is to deal with such conflicts through retaliation with an “eye for an eye” type approach. That viewpoint was what Jesus was addressing when he said:

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away” (Matthew 5:38-42).

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Prayer, God’s Great Weapon

It seems to me that both as persons and as a nation, we tend have a very inadequate viewpoint of the reality, power, and threat of Satan.

To the rational minds of our Western secular civilization, to think of Satan as a reality seems to be an endorsement of a kind of obsolete superstition. Unfortunately, there is a philosophic carry over of such ideas in the church today in that all too many tend to suppress any idea of Satan’s reality; portraying him more as the broad influence of evil rather than an actuality.

We have been given a very powerful weapon to use against the powers of darkness that will drive them to flight when it is raised up against them–prayer!

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