The result of too much I, me and my in our eye

Thinking about I, me and my too much leads to an “I think” way of life.

The “rich man” of Luke 12:31-21 thought he could take it easy after taking care of himself.

He thought wrong!

His body was his, his choices were his, and his one life to live was his – but his soul paid the price of his myopic thinking.

The “I think” way of life often takes the “captain’s hat” off of truth and places it on our fickle head. The obvious problem with that course of thought is our ship will sink every time. That’s because the aforementioned hat belongs to Jesus. If we keep our eyes on him, we’ll find a lot less of I, me and my in our eye.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:9-10 NKJV)

#free-will, #judgment-of-god, #making-wise-choices, #responsibility

It’s my life, I’ll do what I want!

Every generation has its “Frank Sinatra’s.”

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with singing talent and everything to do with the mindset which says, “It’s my life, I’ll live it my way!”

This mindset is right and wrong all at the same time.

The mindset is right in that your life is your life, your body is your body, your choice is your choice, and it’s all only going to happen once.

The mindset is wrong in that your soul is not your soul – it belongs to the one who gave it to us, and the choices we make are our responsibility:

  • Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJV)
  • For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV)
  • And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV)

You see, our life is our life, our body is our body, our choice is our choice, but because we don’t own ourselves will we have to answer for the way we used these one-time privileges.

At the end of the day, it is our life and we can do what we want – but don’t forget that eternal life belongs to God and he always gets the final word.

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 NKJV)

#free-will, #judgment-of-god, #making-wise-choices, #responsibility

How do you like your eggs?

A couple of minutes ago my five-year-old daughter was watching her mother cook some eggs when she asked, Continue reading

#creation, #life-questions, #philosophy

Freedom on the other side of the water

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” (Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV)

The context of these verses are dramatic to say the least!

Free from Egypt, or so the children of Israel thought … at least that’s what they thought until Pharaoh decided to change his mind … again.

But freedom was in sight. Little did they know, right? But it was.

God’s grace would win the fight for them. Freedom was on the other side of the water. Not where they stood, but where God wanted them to stand. They only needed to go down into that water and come up on the other side by faith.

They didn’t argue did they? Why would you argue? And yet, people today want to do that very thing when it comes to the freedom God offers, by faith, on the other side of the water.

Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2 NKJV)

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:3-7)

#baptized-into-moses, #purpose-of-water-baptism, #salvation

The global gospel does not need the Earth to be flat

There’s a conspiracy hiding the fact the Earth is flat you say? The reason for the conspiracy is because a flat Earth would prove to everyone the Bible is “right” and show the Earth to be special you say?

I say the global gospel does not the need the Earth to be flat.

When Jesus told his apostles to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, and that the individual who believes and is baptized will be saved but the individual who does not believe will be condemned, Jesus wasn’t talking about preaching a geography lesson.

If it takes a flat Earth to convince someone Jesus died for his or her sins upon the cross and that he was buried and resurrected from the dead three days later – then they don’t believe in Jesus, in the gospel or in salvation itself to begin with.

When it comes to God’s concern with the shape of this world, it has nothing to do with geography. And when it comes to the gospel there is no conspiracy – God flat-out loved humanity enough to give his son, and it is in our own best interest to not wait around until the son returns to ask why we did not share the heavenly news that still turns the world upside down (Acts 17:2-6 NKJV).

Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come—that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.” (Acts 26:22-26 NKJV)

#flat-earth, #infallible-proofs, #the-gospel-is-for-all

The end goal is the end

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11 NKJV)

The end goal is the end. By this I mean the beginning is trumped by the end. The middle is trumped by the end. The end of the matter, whatever the matter may have been in our eyes or the eyes of others, matters to the furthest extent … because, after all, that extent is the end.

The finish line is always the goal for the right-minded runner who begins the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). The course will challenge that goal. But the end must remain the goal, or else the run will turn into a walk, which turns into standing idle, which turns into sitting for a break, which turns into not getting back up. If this happens the end will not be the goal we originally had in mind. Keep the end in mind!

Job didn’t know how the book of Job would end. But James’ admonition is given with the understanding that we know how the story ended! And if, in the midst of trials and troubles, we keep the end in mind (by that I mean the end God has in mind for us – 2 Corinthians 5:1), we can know how our book will end too.

Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:38-39 NKJV)

#perseverance, #spiritual-goals, #spiritual-race

Beauty and the … Earth Beast

Don’t fail as Christian parents by bringing your children to see Disney’s latest remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” Continue reading

#culture-wars, #homosexual-agenda, #movies, #parenting, #western-culture