Paul exhorted the Philippian Christians to diligence and seriousness in the Christian life. His teachings to these brethren provide us with some soul searching question. He wrote,
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:12-17)
Ask yourself these questions and give an honest answer.
Are you being obedient to God in life?
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In the teenage class we’re finishing up a study book called “The Life of Christ” by Olen Holderby. At the end of the book there are two review sections that go back over all the previous lessons with highlight questions. We started the first section yesterday and there was one question in particular that I thought was an excellent question; I’d love to hear what the fellows, or any other reader, would give as an answer.
Question: Other than his death on the Cross, what do you think was the greatest suffering of Jesus?
There are no right or wrong answers – just answers. So what’s your answer to this excellent and thought provoking question?
Some of the toughest questions I’ve heard are those dealing with human situations.
People can get themselves into some really difficult ones. There are those who have been married and divorced, some more than once.
Many of these discussions begin with the phrase, “But, what if…”
What many have trouble understanding is that while humans are situational, God isn’t. God’s word is objective truth.
Look at the Ten Commandments. God said, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain,” (Exodus 20:7 ESV). But, some may say, “Lord, you just don’t understand how difficult it is to obey this command. Sometimes my feelings get out of control and I say things that are wrong.” This may be true, but it doesn’t change what God commanded.
A line is crossed when one decides to violate God’s word even when they believe it is impossible to comply. Therefore, they think there may be some permissible way to avoid guilt and separation from God and transgress God’s word anyway. Don’t ask me how.
And people can get themselves into some twisted and obtuse situations, too.
What’s the toughest question you’ve ever been asked? Maybe it was a biblical question, or maybe it was personal. Could have been a stranger who asked it, or a member of the family.
Let’s assume it wasn’t an evil question, like many of the ones Jesus received, in attempts to trip him up, but a sincere one. Maybe it was recent, or it could have been when you were in, say, grade school or high school.
The field is open.
What would be a recent question for God?
The question I would select is neither novel nor has it just been asked once, but I still ask it as the Psalmist and the writer of Hebrews did so long ago:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4; Hebrews
I ponder that question often as I consider all that God has blessed me with in my life and wonder just how much the scales are lacking on my side.
Share a recent question that you have asked God. It can be a why, or a how, or a when. Even a what or a who question. All of these have been asked before, of people of every spiritual stature imaginable.
Asaph asked two of these questions in Psalm 80: "How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you?" (v. 4). "Why did you break down its walls, so that all who pass by pluck its fruit?" (v. 12).
How wonderful that our God allows such questions!
And a question for you: what news have you of the saints?
I think the biggest question that has made a difference for me is, “How do you know that is true?” “That” can be anything regarding religious teachings or things in the secular world. It has caused me to always question and seek evidence to back up claims made, whether they be claims about some aspect of the gospel, claims about a person that might defame his/her character, or claims about some new diet pill or similar. I want to make sure that any decision I make is based on truth.
Along these lines, we had a gospel meeting several years back entitled, Great Questions of the Bible.