Lavishing Grace On Others

girl in the rainLiving a powerless life as a Christian is like having a new car without an engine. Everything looks brand new, has that new car smell, seats comfortably, but it can go nowhere. As born again Christians, we should be living our lives infused with Holy Spirit power. The grace of God has provided that power to us through His Son Jesus Christ:

    “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:2-4)

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Reaping Righteousness

Reaping What You SowThroughout my involvement in politics, particularly in the last six years, I’ve met many a patriot who believes we can return our nation back to its greatness. There is one problem though. Many of these people do not want to deal with the “social issues” and want to concentrate mainly on fiscal issues primarily, and then national security secondly. There is one problem with that; it won’t work the way they envision it. In fact, it’s already been tried (is being tried) and it always fails.

Why is that? Because to reap righteousness, you must sow righteousness. We learned in church last Wednesday of the principle of righteousness. Bro Pete explained that “righteousness is doing what is right in the sight of the Lord.” He gave the Old Testament example of building and keeping a legacy through the lives of King Jehoash (Joash), his son King Amaziah, and his grandson King Uzziah:

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Reasoning From A False Premise

false premiseTo not believe in the God of the Holy Bible means you must reject a vast amount of obvious evidence. When you know the truth and still reject it, you must live in a make-believe world. To not believe in God, you eventually get to the point that you do not glorify Him, and you descend into the realm of foolishness:

    “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

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Confirmed In His Unbelief

Unbelief Sign bewareLast time we met I wrote, “The only way you cannot believe in God is to ignore the evidence. His power over all creation is obvious for all to see. We are without excuse if we choose not to believe in Almighty God. When man refuses to acknowledge God’s existence and give Him the glory He deserves, then ingratitude and ignorance enter into a person’s heart.”

If we will not believe in God, Paul tells us it will be replaced with ingratitude and ignorance that eventually ends up in spiritual darkness:

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Clearly Seeing The Invisible

telescopeLast Sunday our Minister of Students Andrew Bosak preached a powerful sermon from Romans 1 and it became clear to me that we have all the evidence we need when it comes to God’s existence. I remember driving through the Austrian Alps on our way to Italy and I told Karen, “There is no way you can look at this natural beauty and believe it all happened by accident.” No, there is so much natural evidence to God the Creator that it must be deliberately ignored. Paul clearly explained this to the church in Rome:

    “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:20-23)

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Delighting In The Instructions

Loving Instruction Sometimes I just love how the Bible “gets in your face” about an issue. Some would think the word of God is downright rude. Even Jesus had to ask His disciples, “Does this offend you?” when He had taught them “a hard saying” (see John 6). This morning while reading the Proverb of the day I couldn’t get past verse 1 before the Holy Spirit had inspired me to write:

    “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1)

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When Good Men Die

waiting-on-godEvil seems to be winning and it is definitely on the rise. What used to be shameful is today just the ordinary. We shake our heads in disbelief and disgust and wonder what has become of our nation. The late Adrian Rogers once put it best; our nation has lost its ability to blush.

And evil is becoming more and more bold as was evidenced last week in Austin, Texas where abortion supporters were singing praises to Satan to mock Christians. This may be a surprise to some, but this is not something new:

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Stamped With God’s Nature

Made In HeavenThe label “Made In America” used to connote high quality and real value. Today the cry for “Made In America” is heard often and the challenge to buy only such products has been going up for some time now. The problem is that stamp no longer represents what it used to. With union spoliation, that label in many cases has come to mean low to average quality, little to no value, and high cost. Things just ain’t what they used to be!

With the label Christian, we declare ourselves “little Christ’s” and so the world has the right for great expectations from us. We should be different and daring. We should never go along to get along if it means violating God’s Word. We should be bold in our obedience to God’s Word to the point of not making sense to a watching world. Remember this?

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Hope In God

HOPE-IN-GODYesterday I was delighted to receive a call from a wonderful couple in Missouri whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through a political organization of which I am a member. The Nolands are two of the godliest Christian patriots I know and have dedicated their entire lives to living holy lives and defending our constitutional republic. Judge Janice Noland is passionate about politics and seeing that only men and women of character serve the public.

As we were speaking on the state of our union, Judge Noland ask me, “What can we do about all of this mess?” That’s a good question. Normally I like to start at the root of the problem but I think we need to look at everything from God’s point of view.

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The Very Same Grace

Sufficient GraceDid you ever think you were too bad for God to save? That’s actually a good place to be because you are now ready to receive the grace of God. Last time we talked about the scandal of grace. To receive unmerited favor, getting something you do not deserve, defies human logic. However we can not apply human logic to heavenly love. The chorus from a Rhett Walker Band song titled “Brother” sums up grace nicely:

Brother don’t you know
No one’s too high to fall
No one’s strong enough to make their own way
Brother don’t you know
We’re all just beggars and thieves
In need of the very same grace
The very same grace

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The Scandal Of Grace

Scandal of GraceGrace can almost be considered scandalous. In fact, Hillsong United has a new song out with the same title as this devotional. The Random House Dictionary defines scandal as “a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.; an offense caused by a fault or misdeed; damage to reputation; public disgrace; defamatory talk; malicious gossip; a person whose conduct brings disgrace or offense.”

I want to concentrate on that last definition: “a person whose conduct brings disgrace or offense.” It is said that our Lord Jesus Christ offended many a religious person in His time. He brought disgrace upon them for their burdensome system of works of righteousness when all the while it was grace that would save them. Even in the Old Testament system of sacrifices, one would have to put his or her faith in the grace and mercy of God.

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What Would They Believe About Jesus Christ?

Human BibleYesterday my pastor asked us this question: “If your life was the only Bible people read, what would they believe about Jesus Christ?” I’ve asked God to make that the preeminent question in my life that I must answer daily. By my actions and attitudes, what am I telling the world about my Lord and Savior?

When I am asked about spiritual things, do I make Christ the center of my answer pointing people to their need for Him, or do I water down my answer and just make it about “God”? Do I inform them of the unpopular exclusivity of Jesus Christ?

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