Questions About God

This morning my students have their comprehensive end-of-course written exam and part of my instructions to them is if they have a question about a question to ask for clarification. That got me thinking about questions about God; about His authenticity; about His certainty; about His identity.

We do need to be careful not to question God, but we should bring our questions to God and His Holy Word. Whenever I am confused about a life issue, I turn to my Bible for the answer. I do so because the Bible promises that my confusion is not from God:

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So Here’s Our Chance

Following on the footsteps of Senator-elect Scott Brown’s stunning defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts, the euphoria of a possible conservative comeback is thick in the air.

My question to all who want to see this country rescued from the socialist agenda of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party need to focus their efforts to the state of Nevada.

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Rachel and the Hyde Amendment

    “Then they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, ‘Do not fear; you will have this son also.’ And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.” (Genesis 35:16-20)

If Jacob and Rachel were living in the 21st Century and had the wonders of science at their disposal, it is not too far-fetched to imagine that doctors may have predicted Rachel’s death. Doctors may have been able to warn the couple that if the baby was allowed to come to term that Jacob’s beloved Rachel would most likely die in childbirth.

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Every Day Is A Worship Experience

How do we protect ourselves from being “conformed to this world”? We have to give up our rights to ourselves:

    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

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The Qualities Of The Soul

Let me explain why I am only partially happy that Scott Brown won the Senate race in Massachusetts yesterday. I am happy to see Americans awakening from the apathy that has far too long affected our citizenry. I am glad that Americans are sending a message to Washington that they do not want higher taxes or socialist healthcare; both are sinful.

I am however greatly troubled by the message this vote sends to Republican Party leaders. It sends the message that you can run a pro-abortion, supporter of RomneyCare (aka ObamaCare) and the people will vote just to send a message to Washington. And it also tells the GOP apparatchiks that you can put Christians in an ethical dilemma and not only win, but have church and conservatives leaders sell the candidate as good and not evil.

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If We’ve Ever Needed You

The last three days have convince me more and more that we have less chance of seeing America experience a Third Great Awakening, however I must remind myself that God is always in control. He is still seated on His throne. But I cannot think of a time in my nearly 53 years on earth that we needed revival more than we need it now. If ever we’ve needed the truth of Romans 12:1-2 it is now:

    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

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The Continued Joy Of All The Redeemed

If personal Revival comes to you it is going to radically change your prayer life. Instead of looking at all the immorality of society and praying for a return to America’s great yesteryear, we begin to pray for Revival to sweep the land. Notice the difference in revival vs. Revival?

Well yes one is capitalized and one is not. Very good! But do you know the difference? Revival small r is what churches do; revival big R is what God does. Little r revival is penciled onto your calendar and plans are made; finding the right preacher, getting the music right…there is much for a church to do when planning a small r revival.

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Iniquity Has Never Swaggered Like It Swaggers Now

Let’s go back a few days and remember why this study on Psalm 51 began:

    “So where should a stray saint begin? Think for a moment of the most famous character in the Bible who sinned horribly and openly until God through a word from the Prophet Nathan brought him to repentance. That’s right…King David. What did David have to say about repentance? Well, he wrote a whole psalm about it and that is what I want to leave you with it this morning. I want you to read it in its totality without an eye on the topic of repentance or any ‘theological tidbit’ in mind. Read God’s holy word and let it be planted in the fallow fields of your hollow heart. I’ve removed the verse numbers from this psalm because I don’t want you distracted by the verses; I want you disturbed by its entirety.”

Have you been the least bit disturbed by what we’ve looked at in Psalm 51? Have you paid it any attention, or is this just another part of your microwave morning because you desire sleep more that sanctification? If you’re squirming in your seat already you may not want to continue reading. The Lord has tussled me up this morning and He has shown me that if I am to make a difference for Him in my sphere of influence then it is high time to stop playing church.

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The Dawn of A New Day in Iowa Politics?

There yet may be hope for America.

That ray of hope, like a ray of light shining through a wall of rocks to those trapped, Iowa may have just offered true hope and change.

Steve Deace
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Nothing Can Fetch Out The Stain

“If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be.”

Australian Major General William Throsby Bridges has come to the crux of man’s conflict with sin. Man will do anything to over come the guilt of sin; he will bribe it, he will deny it, he will ignore it, he will intoxicate it, he will justify it…anything but confess it to the One with the only remedy to remove the guilt.

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That Divine Comforts May Be Restored

Have you ever noticed when you have unconfessed sin how little, if any, you think of much less talk of the Lord Jesus Christ? Only a complete hypocrite is willing to preach God’s Word and share the gospel all the while burdened with unconfessed sin. That one is a pitiful soul. But most rebellious Christians live their backslidden lives as though they were never saved. It’s easier to deal with the guilt but it only adds to the misery of your life. You see without a restored relationship with the Heavenly Father and a church home, the Christian is an orphan in this world.

David remembered the closeness he had with God and because of his sin with Bathsheba he knew that he had given up his heavenly joy. After he confesses his sin and asks God to renew his heart, David asks God for something much needed:

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Such Is My Consciousness Of Sin

Yesterday when I signed off I got a little ahead of myself. We will talk about the joy of my salvation on Monday. This morning I need to deal with having God creating a clean heart within me. For without a clean heart rejoicing in my salvation is impossible. Oh the Christian can act as though he or she is experiencing the joy of salvation, but that is all it is…acting.

David knew that his sin had not only defiled his heart but also had weakened his walk with the Lord and broken his fellowship with God.

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I Shall Be Clean

Sin makes you feel dirty, filthy, and nasty. That’s good. It means the mirror of the Ten Commandments is working in your life. You need to feel defiled when you sin. We have broken God’s moral law when we disobey the Ten Commandments. A.W. Tozer writes:

    “But everything that is morally commanded in the Ten Commandments still comprises the moral principles that are the will of God for His people. God’s basic moral will for His people has not changed!”

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The Relinquishing Of All Pretence

What I love the most about David in Psalm 51 is that he does not try to pretend to be something he is not. Revival does not come because we too often refuse to admit our sinfulness. David acknowledges his sinful nature and that it is opposed to what God desires for each of us. That is a sanctified life of holiness and a walk with Jesus marked by biblical wisdom. Look at David’s confession:

    “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” (Psalm 51:5-6)

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Against You Only

If revival comes to your church and to your Sunday school class, expect people to leave. If revival comes to your heart, expect to lose “friends.” Right before I quit writing this devotional in the summer and just in the last two days since I began writing on revival, 8 people have asked to be removed from this devotional list. All of them had asked to be added; they were not in the original group.

That is to be expected because the gospel is offensive. Now I am not to be offensive, but the truth of God’s Word offends. And when people fall away it is not a separation of the wheat from the tares; that will only come when Jesus returns. It is more like in John 6:66:

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Cleanse Me From My Sin

Are you still looking for a New Year’s resolution? That’s a good one; cleanse me from my sin. And unlike sticking to a diet or maintaining a regular fitness program, confessing sin and seeking Jesus’ forgiveness is actually much easier. Unless you’re unwilling to admit you’re a sinner.

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While The Church Is Languishing, The World Is Perishing

My prayer for the new year is that our nation’s revival will begin in 2010. My concern is that I don’t think most churches in America have a clue as to how that is to happen. I pray through the power of the Holy Spirit I can bring some clarity to the confusion. Let me begin by sharing with you a quote from Leonard Ravenhill:

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