Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The godly will possess the land and will dwell in it permanently. The godly speak wise words and promote justice. The law of their God controls their thinking; their feet do not slip. Psalm 37.29-31
To be godly is to be holy or to be like God. Peter wrote in I Peter 1.15 that we are called to be holy because God is holy. If we are God’s children, we will take on the characteristics that show who God is.
We meditate upon his law, Psalm 1.2, and find pleasure in obeying his commands. Solomon in Proverbs 1.7 wrote that fearing the Lord is the beginning of moral knowledge.
Those who are godly speak with wisdom and are blessed, Proverbs 3.13. God gives wisdom generously to all who ask for it, James 1.5.
When we look into the perfect law of liberty and fix our attention there, we will live it out in our lives and be blessed in all that we do, James 1.25.
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“For he will never be shaken; others will always remember one who is just.”
This acrostic psalm provides a picture of the obedient person and the blessings of the godly. It mirrors the previous psalm which focuses on God’s great deeds.
God shakes the world, but nothing shakes him. Those who obey him are not shaken either. How much we need to remember who we are and what blessings are ours!
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Google, Twitter, and some traditional news media outlets are targeting what they call fake-news sites in an attempt to refuse them access to, or accounts in, their services. Twitter is shutting down numerous accounts of people they accuse of conspiracy theories and alt-right positions. Facebook has for some time been accused of tweaking their algorithms to give preference to left-wing news media.
If ever there was a time when news organizations pretended to maintain neutrality and objetivity, it has long passed.
Christians, of all people, nurture a special place in their hearts for truth—not only biblical truth, but truth in all its aspects and facets. Continue reading
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness …” 2 Peter 1:3-5.
God gives us everything we need, not only for life, but for godliness! He equips us to become like Him “by His own goodness.” Now, ‘good’ is a characteristic of God. Even Jesus called one out for calling Him ‘good.’ By that, the man was declaring Jesus to be God—which He was—but the point was made that such a declaration shouldn’t be flippant or used to flatter.
So, because of God in the flesh living the perfect life and then dying on the cross for us, the Father lets us participate in the divine nature by growing in godliness—in a characteristic reserved for those who choose to “escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
We do this by building upon the bedrock of faith with the divine material of “goodness.”
Are you growing through goodness?
by Douglas Kashorek
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics that you will find:
- “God Was Manifest in the Flesh” (Tom Moore)
- “Great is the Mystery of Godliness” (Sam Willcut)
- “Justified in the Spirit” (Trent Kennedy)
- “Seen of Angels” (Kris Groda)
- “Preached unto the Gentiles” (Bobby Burris)
- “Believed on in the World” (Sean Embree)
- “Received up into Glory” (Jacob Rutledge)
Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.
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Yes, my religion can be bad. The word religion is used negatively in the New Testament for what doesn’t please God. So when is my religion bad? Continue reading
God’s grace not only saves, but teaches. It will not save unless we are teachable. We cannot welcome saving grace without accepting teaching grace. Grace is not a blanket to cover sin that is present, but removes both its guilt and its practice.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you.
This Paul says in Titus 2:11-15 (WEB). Grace comes with conditions. It is spiritual and moral. Holiness belongs to grace. If godliness is not present, neither is grace. Continue reading
Some won’t like my FMag article today, since I name names—something I do rarely. This is happening near us, so we’ve taken care to warn the faithful. Names are not the big issue, truth is. But Jesus did not separate the fruit from the wolves. On the contrary, by what they do and say, you will know who they are.
• Remember that the most dangerous threats to the saints appear as the most benign and attractive friends. This is true in morals and doctrine.
• On the road, I saw gas prices for $2.98 in N. Little Rock yesterday, on the other side of the highway from me. I bought it for $3.03. May it fall even more!
• Why are there not more alternatives for inexpensive housing? Even with housing prices in the tank, the dream of owning one’s own home seems even more distant. In the race for status and size, housing construction has become the most expensive item in the family budget.
• Christians avoid being swept along by social and cultural values. They are, ought to be, the ultimate adversaries to cultural currents that reflect materialism and other godless attitudes. They seek alternatives that glorify God, permit their full attention to his mission in the world, and allow them to express godliness in every movement.
• There is a point beyond which we can keep saying that Christians ought to do this or that while admitting that they don’t. If they don’t follow the Lord, they aren’t his followers. How long have we preached about the necessity of obedience? That translates beyond baptism into the daily cross-bearing of the disciple. And if they don’t? Discipline is the Lord’s solution. When was the last time your congregation disciplined someone? Someone once called it the forgotten commandment. Now, perhaps it might best be styled the snubbed commandment.
• TV commercial for Hebrew National hotdogs says, “O. M. G.” This from Jews who used to think God’s name so holy that they wouldn’t speak it on their lips? Let us be sure we speak the name of the Lord always with reverence.
Over on BNc I posted a tribute to an elder and friend of many years. Bob Childress died last month. I’ve known a few of his character, but not many.
What makes for spiritual health? Exercising towards godliness, according to 1 Timothy 4:8 and 1 Timothy 6:6.