“How blessed are those who observe [God’s] rules, and seek him with all their heart” (NET).
Psalm 119 begins with two blessings. This is the second of the two. It pairs obedience to God’s commands and a full-hearted seeking of God. What few consider a blessing today is actually even more so in the new covenant of Christ. If it was a blessing under the old law, how much more so is it a blessing today.
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul (Proverbs 16:17, NKJV). Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life. No man can go to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). This means that if a person desires heaven, then he must listen and obey Jesus. We all travel on a highway through life; it is the desire of many to arrive at a destination that is restful and pleasant. The thoughtful person even desires that place to be heaven. But it won’t be heaven if he/she does not listen to Jesus and obey. The reason for this is simple: The Lord gave directions as to how to get there, but if a person hears nothing of those directions, then no possibility of arrival exists. Even if one did listen, but then changed her mind about listening further, the result will be straying from the less traveled path the Lord walked on, and onto a path well-traveled by many who don’t know where they are going. RT
From the permissiveness and immorality of denominations—and from some churches that used to belong to the Lord, it appears that they now work from Augustine’s idea to love God and do what you please. Whatever Augustine may have meant by it, they take it to mean that God allows you have it your way.
No wonder then that one of the favorite verses of religious folk is Psa 37.4: “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (KJV). Many take it to mean that God will write you a blank check, will do whatever you want. Continue reading
It is one thing to please God, quite another to attempt to buy him with works of merit. We can hold no hope of heaven without pleasing him, Rom 8.8-9; 2 Cor 5.9-10; Heb 11.6. On the other hand, we can never expect divine approval by our selected list of works that we determine as good. Such arrogance smacks of one’s own deification. But pleasing God means that we believe his truth and his promise and act upon them, in order to receive the eternal reward that he bestows based upon his will and conditions.
Yesterday, a non-Christian and I resumed studying the Bible with a view toward his conversion. He wants to be baptized. His wife is a Christian. He feels left out of participation in worship. He wants to be a part of the body.
He had stopped studying for months. He had an issue that he needed to deal with in his heart. But for all that, he just didn’t feel the urgency, even though he understood the connection between sin and perdition. Continue reading
It’s the real deal, supposedly. These folks will find all your accounts on the web, through a Google login, and wipe your internet presence clean. They don’t say if they’ll get you off Google as well. But it really tempts one, does it not?
There is a good side to the internet. At times, however, we don’t see it. We get bombarded by the bad side, and offers like the one made by the site above appeal to those who are tired of it all. Continue reading
Not everything is solved by thinking. Sometimes we can think too long or hard. In some ways, the more we think, the more we complicate the simplicity of the Good News. As soon as understanding occurs, action is necessary. Thinking can be an attempt to stall and balk at obedience.
This is not an argument against thinking. We must use the mind — more than we do, usually — to comprehend the truths of God. We must separate human religion from divine revelation. But this is not a hard or protracted process. Once the Word is understood, obedience must soon follow, else the old man rises up to object and obstruct.
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