“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’” (Luke 2:15)
The Greek logos means “word,” and the Apostle John is the only New Testament writer who uses it to describe Christ. It denotes a collection of words or ideas and can represent what we think and what we express. Logos has been used to express the law and wisdom of God found in the Old Testament.
If you go back and look at the first three words of John’s Gospel, you will see it mirrors the start of Genesis: “In the beginning…” The latter introduces the start of creation, and the former reaches back into eternity. This means the Word has preexisted even before the heavens and the earth were created. Understanding this brings greater importance to the Word living among us:
It was on a Tuesday, 238 years ago this date, that we as a nation declared our independence from Great Britain. Think I’m a couple of days too early? July 2, 1776 is the day the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt Richard Henry Lee’s resolution declaring independence from Great Britain. Twelve colonies voted unanimously, with New York abstaining. It was on July 4, 1776 that Thomas Jefferson made his final edit on the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock and Charles Thompson signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, with the 54 other delegates signing the document on August 2, 1776.
Why the history lesson in a devotional? I share this with you so that you know the complete and truthful history of our nation’s founding instead of what you learned in school. As John Adams declared while defending the British troops during the Boston Massacre trial, “Facts are stubborn things.” Facts are not only stubborn, but they are also very important.
How can I know God’s will for my life? I get that question a lot from Christians. I’m currently working on a book on the subject, but I’m going to give you a sneak peek. I always answer that question with a question. Are you doing right now what you know God wants you to do? The responses, particularly facial expressions if I’m talking directly to them, are varied. Some people get it right away, which then bring different responses. Other people immediately say yes without really thinking it through. So let’s pretend this is your question and now I’ve answered you with my question.
Are you doing right now what you know God wants you to do? King Solomon warned:
Christianity is so simple, intellectuals completely miss it. Conversely, Christianity can be made so intellectual that the simple miss it. As adults, at times even after we’re saved, we can’t seem to get past our desire to earn our salvation. Before we get saved we think we’ve done too many bad things to ever receive God’s forgiveness. After we get saved, we think we can be bad enough to actually lose God’s forgiveness. King David knew something about God’s forgiveness; that’s why he could write:
Yesterday I was part of an email conversation that was discussing the coming collapse or correction to the market and how to prepare for it. The conversation brought me back to a verse I read last Saturday that just rose up from the page and I know the Lord wanted me to write about it. King Solomon wisely wrote:
A drought to a farmer is one of his greatest fears and foes. Rainfall can make or break a harvest season. So it is in the spiritual realm. If we neglect our Bibles, then we will cause a spiritual drought in our Christian walk. I know that many of you have began 2014 resolving to read your Bibles more regularly and I pray that you are successful. There is great promise in taking on such an endeavor:
We are one week from celebrating the birth of Christ, and it seems right that we understand this event in history. The birth of Christ was not just some unexpected and supernatural interruption of history. It was a long-awaited for event, foretold by the prophets of old and read of and retold by every devout Jewish home. And the vast majority completely missed it.
How much evidence do you need to believe something? Our judicial system requires a jury to find a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That means said defendant doesn’t have to prove his innocence; a prosecutor must proved the indicted person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The press and public tend to forget that important nugget of truth.
However, when it comes to God most people require of our Lord proof of His existence beyond a reasonable doubt. Random House Dictionary defines doubt as being “uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe; to distrust.” When you look at all the clues and obvious signs of God, is it reasonable to doubt Him? Not if we are intellectually honest.
The older I get the more I realize, “I just don’t know.” The more I study the Bible, the more aware I become of my ignorance of the things of God. Just when I’m sure I’ve figured out life, something totally unexpected or unknown about life occurs. I used to feel that it was “back to the drawing board” time when these moments came, but I’ve come to actually welcome them because it gets me to dig deeper into the things of God and His Holy Word.
Ignorance is not always a bad thing; it reveals areas where we need to learn and grow. If we ignore our ignorance, then we can oftentimes find ourselves in hellish situations. Instead of peace of mind, we end up on paths that take us away from God’s will. The Prophet Isaiah says that it separates us from God to the place of evil:
This past weekend Karen and I went to visit our oldest daughter Tiffany and her beautiful family. Her husband Ben and their son Benjamin, our precious grandson, are always such a blessing with whom to spend time. Sunday we went to church and even had the chance to worship with a friend formerly from here now living in St. Petersburg. It is something I heard in church that I must share with you this morning.
Dr. Stephen Rummage, the senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, FL, is a fine man of God who preaches the Word unashamedly and unapologetically. He was preaching about our being adopted into the family of God and he told the story of a young lady who was speaking with her mother about her child’s dark hair. She could not figure out how their child got dark hair since she and her husband both had light hair. Her mother said, “Well dear, your father has dark hair.” The daughter replied, “Yeah but Mom, I’m adopted.” The mother shyly replied, “Yeah I know, I keep forgetting.”
It is Day 3 of the Year 2013 and some of you may have already broken your New Years Resolution; others may be regretting them by now. Some may be like me and have not made any or even narrowed it down to one. Others may be going strong in their resolution. Whatever may be your case, I want to share with you what God put on my heart this morning.
In fact He awakened me at 3 am.
That’s the topic of this week’s The Truth Newsletter. It seems that we can not only break God’s 6th Commandment, “You shall not murder,” but we can also disobey God’s 8th Commandment, “You shall not steal.” You can do these things if America’s survival is at stake. At least that is what I am being told by Christians and a Tea Party Leader.
I obviously have a very strong opinion about this that most of you could probably state verbatim. However, my opinion in and of itself means nothing if it is not grounded in Biblical truth. God’s 2nd Commandment is the second longest of the ten and I think it is most overlooked by American Christians. I know for me it is the commandment hardest for me to keep because I allow so many things in this world to become an idol. Here’s what God wrote:
In this week’s The Truth Newsletter I write about the Injustice of Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. Men and women who are in seats of power who are not governing from a foundation of righteousness will almost always make poor if not lawless decisions. And when I say lawless I mean any decision, or law for that matter, that violates God’s law. Obamacare is theft and the Eighth Commandment clearly commands against stealing.
Lawlessness from judges is not a 21st Century phenomenon; it’s not exclusive American History. It has been in effect for centuries. King Solomon observed:
So how can we actually reach out to someone who is intent on destroying Christianity? Or how do we reach out to someone who is apathetic towards God? Like we do with any person we first meet, we build a relationship.
If we are following the aletheia truth wherever it leads, a characteristic that should become prevalent in our lives is honesty. Truth and honesty go together like Christ and holiness. Remember that God is Truth and His truth is not limited. This is how God proclaimed Himself before Moses:
Absolute truth is a casualty of the times. Postmodern thinking has made moral relativism the norm for most of the western world. Absolute truth, known in the Bible in the Greek as aletheia, is scoffed and scorned at by secular humanists inside academia and our courtrooms across America. That was not always so. The Lord willing I feel lead to spend the month of June looking at aletheia truth in preparation for a new venture we will be launching on July 5.
Aren’t you glad that God does not forget His covenants, even though we who claim to be His disciples do? America not only has forgotten her covenant with God, but our leaders have forgotten His with Israel. Part of the problem is that we have a serious leadership vacuum here in America. I commented on leadership at my latest video blog:
In light of Barack Obama’s speech yesterday, I did my very first video blog titled “Middle East Madness. You can view it below: