November 26, 2016
There's nothing worse than humanistic pride. It’s insidious and constant and the foundation of all sin. We want the world to notice us and we will go to elaborate lengths to make it so.
But there is another kind of boasting that is not only helpful, but a powerful witnessing opportunity. Listen to Daniel before the King:
“As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future; and He who reveals mysteries has made known to you what will take place. But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind. (Daniel 2:29-30)
Daniel knew this moment would cast light on the One who could do what no man could do. And, he was very careful to couch what he was about to say and do in those terms—to make sure that the king and everyone else would notice God.
And, at the close, he identified this Revealer of Mysteries: ""The great God has made known to the king what will take place"" (vs. 47).
THE WITNESS OF INTENTIONAL BOASTING
When God manifested Himself through Daniel, the king ""fell on his face...and said, 'Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries'"" (vs. 46-47). But remember, if Daniel had not set this up with intentionality, the king would never have made the connection back to God.
We have this opportunity to make such boasts every day. Everything in your life is from God. If you will set up conversations or moments of service or spiritual activity properly, people will make the link that what is happening is not from you, but God. You must be willing to do this, (which is humility), and thoughtfully intentional to do this, and you might be surprised at the results!
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.