July 07, 2020
It is one of the wonders of the world. One of the most unexplainable things in human history. In fact, if you divorce God from the story, it is impossible to explain.
God takes simple men and women and uses them to change history.
Look at a young girl named Esther and her uncle and guardian, Mordecai. Esther was a slave who became the queen of the largest government in the known world.
And we read of Mordecai, who through a sovereign plan of God was "second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and the one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation" (Esther 10:3)
The Apostle Paul, who was himself such an anomaly, would later remind us under the inspiration of the Spirit why God operates this way.
"For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)
God is unlimited in His ability to change the world through simple men. He raises up a Noah to save the world, an imprisoned Joseph to save the entire world; a young shepherd named David to build the greatest empire in history ... and on and on.
Such glorious irony raises a few questions that must be continually answered.
Never underestimate God. He uses who He chooses to accomplish His work. And happy are those who cooperate fully with Him.
Father, thank You for confounding the world’s way. Thank you for using humble men and women throughout history to accomplish Your work. Never let me underestimate You. You can change anything … and You can use anyone You desire to accomplish astounding work.
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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.