The why of creation

This is part of a chapter out of a book I’m writing, entitled (for now) “Total Transformation.” You might find it to be of use.

Man was created in God’s image, in order to know his person and blessing, Gen 1.26-28. As the only creature to bear the divine stamp, man is able to relate to God. “Man meets and talks with God in the Garden of Eden” Gen 2.15-17 (NIBD). Adam and Even walked with God, Gen 3.8.

Because of their sin, they were expelled from the Garden, but the original intent was for them to choose God’s love, not to spurn it. Scripture mentions that God came to walk with them after they lost that privilege, highlighting even more the preciousness of this gift. Continue reading

#creation, #love, #presence-of-god, #relationship-with-god

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4-7-2016 Who Is God #9

No one can have a “relationship” with God without Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also'” (John 14:6-7 NKJV). More to the point, Jesus had said, “he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (John 13:20 NKJV). Many people are taught that all they must do to have a relationship with God is pray. But Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23 NKJV). There is no spiritual relationship with God without Jesus Christ, and there is no spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ without obeying His Word.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus-christ, #pray, #relationship-with-god

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4-8-2016 Who Is God #10

Can people only pray and receive a spiritual relationship with God? Saul of Tarsus certainly had tried for “three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank” (Acts 9:9). But it wasn’t until Ananias said, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). His fervent prayers did not begin his relationship with God until he was baptized to “wash away” his sins. Later, as the Apostle Paul, he wrote, “for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Timothy 1:16 NKJV). The “pattern” for all who believe on Jesus Christ included “baptism” to wash away his sins! Our spiritual relationship with God begins by following the “pattern.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#a-pattern, #baptized, #pray, #relationship-with-god

Who needs whom again?

Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:25)

How could the Lord, from whom all blessings flow, ever owe us anything? Obviously he doesn’t – not to any one individual or nation! The Lord’s will is the Lord’s will; the question is, “Are we willing to get on board with it?” Just think Romans 11:34-35 (which happens to repeat a principle that had already been taught to God’s people in the past) and the point will be made clear.

With that point in mind it should be remembered that the things we do in our service to God and his kingdom are not meant to be done as though he couldn’t do it without us. They are meant to be done in a way that causes us to be grateful to God for accomplishing his will through us (Philippians 2:1-11).

Whatever aspect of worship you can think of applies to this situation as well. What can we give that he doesn’t already own? (Psalm 50:10) The Almighty isn’t jealous of us! Jealous for us? Yes. (Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 32:16) Jealous concerning his name? Most definitely! (Deuteronomy 29:20) But not one time has the Lord ever been, nor will He ever be, jealous of us. He doesn’t require worship because he wants what we have – it’s because he wants us!

Service, worship, humility, appreciation, a holy fear and good spiritual growth comes through a recognition of who is in need of whom in the relationship between the created and the Creator. This is the thought that is meant to be bound between our eyes and upon our heart; a thought that leads to a seal which identifies us as first belonging to the Lord and then to the Lord belonging to us. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Hebrews 8:10)

So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10)

 

#areopagus, #our-need-for-god, #relationship-with-god, #service, #worship

Stay Close (Ted Knight)

My Lady and I were in a mall on Tuesday, April 1st. As we walked along there was a man with a little boy who seemed about three years of age.

The father said to him, “Do you want to go home and stay with Mommy and Daddy?” The little boy said, “Yes!” The father then told his son, “You must stay close to Mommy and Daddy because there might be someone else who would want to take you home with them.” Continue reading

#edifier, #faithfulness, #relationship-with-god, #temptation

WBS student answers question, “How close are you to God?”

world-bible-schoolOn FB, an old college friend, Lowell White, posted this, which he graciously allowed me to reproduce here:

One of my WBS students who lives in Namibia answered the question, “How close are you to God?” this way:

“I think I have a relationship with God. For nearly 2 and a half years, I have been praying everyday at 4 o’clock in the monring for an 1 Hour and 30 minutes to feed my realtionship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This include praise and worship. I love the time that I spend in the presence of God because I can see the tangible blessings in my life and the change that has taken place within me. Its a blessing and I cant live without it. The reason why I commit myself to the WBS is to grow this relationship with God not only through prayer, praise and worship but to know His word and to live His word and I believe that the WBS will help me achieve that.”

Randal again: And how is your spiritual life with God doing these days?

#evangelism, #relationship-with-god, #world-bible-school, #zambia

Happiness tied to the intangible

Anthony J. D’Angelo stated “Treasure your relationships – not your possessions.” Worldly happiness is so tied to materialism that happiness is almost always a synonym for money. Recall the immortal words of Jesus:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

As a child, it was my great grandmother who reminded us of the practical truth of the words of the Savior: “There is plenty of cheese in a mousetrap, but you will never find a happy mouse there.” Continue reading

#joy, #materialism, #relationship-with-god