August 18, 2014
""I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake."" (Philemon 6)
If you are a true child of God, you are filled with more riches than you can possibly imagine. You are like the son of a multi-millionaire who somehow doesn't realize the inheritance he possesses.
Paul is constantly trying to lift our eyes to see what we have in Christ. One of the main reasons we need this is to lay aside the minor, useless trinkets of the world that garner our attention so often. We play with plastic when we own gold. We are enamored with the box and miss the real present inside.
Paul reminds Onesimus about this in his small letter to him.
He is praying that his faith will become more effective. More active, more released, more exercised. How could this be? ""Through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake."" In other words, if we realize what we have in us through Christ, it stimulates us to believe more and trust more in the Christ who lives within. This knowledge empowers our faith to believe in the riches we possess so we don't have to slum around looking for trash on the ground to feed us.
And our faith changes things. When we believe in God and trust Him, God moves and works and the world sees the reality of our King. That's what is at stake. Will the world just see what we can produce and provide or what the God who lives within us can do? One is passed off with ""well, other men can do that"" but when God is manifested the world is stunned and drawn to Him.
Do you realize that the Spirit of God lives inside you today? That everything you need and more is present? That He is waiting to lead you into intimate communion and God-sized activity? Let your faith become effective through the ""knowledge of every good thing which is in you!""
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August 07, 2020
August 06, 2020
There are thousands, perhaps millions of people who believe they are Christians who will never enter heaven. This is not my evaluation, but the clear teaching of Christ Himself.
Christ spoke of false prophets who "come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt 7:15). It is not the outward clothing, but the inward heart that indicates a true believer.
What is the only way to know the difference between a professing believer and a real believer?
August 05, 2020
Of all the things Jesus could have addressed in the Sermon on the Mount, it's fascinating that He spends a good bit of time addressing worry. In fact, He commands us not to be worried: "Do not be worried about your life."
We are champion worriers. God knows that worry is so counterproductive. Not only is it useless, but it ties us up, destroys our faith, is a poor witness to those who are watching, and dishonors God. So, to help us He gives His true followers multiple reasons why worry is so useless.