In today’s lesson from the Gospel Advocate’s Foundation Series (Christian Growth in James and Jude – James a Brother of Jesus), question #3 asked, “How did the brothers of Jesus view Him at that time (John 7:5)?”
John 7:5 (NKJV) says, “For even His brothers did not believe in Him.”
The answer then would be, “As unbelievers.”
The teacher of the class then asked (with consideration to supposition due to the silence of the scriptures), “Why do you think Jesus’ brothers (of all people) didn’t believe?” Continue reading
We have three large pine trees in our yard, and the wind was blowing late one afternoon as I sat on the front porch. Have you ever stopped to listen to the wind blowing through pine trees? It is the most beautiful sound and almost sounds like the ocean. I invited Doug to come out and listen to it with me. I shared with him how the wind reminds me of God.
Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes” (John 3:8). Consider these thoughts: Continue reading
“If only we had been satisfied to live on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say now that Israel has retreated before its enemies?”
As Israel’s leader, Joshua reacted badly to their first defeat, because of sin, after crossing into the promised land.
What could Joshua have said that would have showed faith and confidence in God’s plan? How do we show negative and positive attitudes when defeats and reversals appear?
#VOTD #despair #faith
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25 NKJV). The preventative of “depression” is to not be anxious, and to listen to “a good word.” Jesus made this clear when He said, “do not worry” (be anxious) about life’s necessities (Matthew 6:24-33 NKJV), or about the future (Matthew 6:34). Losing a job, a game, a loved one, failing a test, or any other tribulation that comes our way can make us react with “anxiety,” and is a challenge to our faith. The father of a demon-possessed boy heard Jesus say, “’If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:23-24 NKJV). Faith overcomes anxiety.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
“Come all [you] worshippers of God, hear what he did for me: no sooner had I called to him that I was praising him for answering me.”
Psalm 66.16-17 J. Moffatt
What evidence does the psalmist give that God will answer prayer?
Is it right to praise God for answers yet to come?
“He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” Hebrews 11:26.
He had the perfect cover. Rescued from the Nile and raised by Pharoah’s daughter, Moses had all the perks of growing up in the royal household of the world’s superpower at that time.
This just made the choice he had to make all the more difficult. Coming across one of his fellow Israelites being beaten, he killed the Egyptian attacker and then had to flee for the next forty years into the desert to endure the poor life of a shepherd.
Instead of enjoying the temporary pleasures of sin, he gave everything up to identify with God.
The book of Hebrews says that he did that “by faith” and that he was “looking ahead to his reward.”
Do we make the same choice? There is no doubt that this postmodern culture we live in offers all “the treasures of Egypt.” We live in an unparalleled time of luxury and opulence with all the world’s lures of sin, sensuality, and stuff. We just need to reach out and take it.
Will we? Or, by faith choose to be mistreated along with the people of God, regarding disgrace for the sake of Christ of greater value?
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” Eph 6.16 NIV.
A shield provides protection. We need protection from the evil one. He is the devil, the father of lies and a highly successful warrior against the sons of man. He always takes aim in order to bring us down spiritually. Our protection from the evil one is faith. This faith must be taken up. It must be used. We must put our faith into play in order for it to protect us. Faith is useless to us if not taken up.
How do we take up the shield of faith? By practicing the word of God. By obeying the commandment of God. By believing the promises of God. By proclaiming the salvation of God. By putting first the kingdom of God.
Faith is active. It bids us to take hold of its power. Without it we cannot be successful against the evil one. Without it we cannot be successful in the victory of God.