Posts Tagged ‘God’s Word


Heeding The Words Of Wisdom

Proverbs 7 is a warning from Solomon to his son about staying away from an adulterous woman. He begins the chapter with these words:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
    guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 7:1-3 (NIV)

Not only should sons and daughters listen to their parents and learn from their wisdom, but we all should listen to God’s Word and learn from Him. The Holy Spirit instructs us through God’s Word. We need to pay attention to the Spirit’s leading and listen to the wisdom of God’s Word. God gave us the Bible, not as a list of rules to follow, but as an instruction manual for life. As our Creator, God has given us instructions for how to navigate through life without hurting ourselves and others. He knows us inside and out and when we listen to His Word and we do what it says, life tends to go better. So heed the words of wisdom found in God’s Word and may God bless you today.

No Favorites In Church

Jesus said it and James did too, God doesn’t play favorites and neither should we. This is what James said:

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. – James 2:1 (NIV)

James gives the example of two people coming into a gathering of believers. One is obviously wealthy and the other is obviously from the poor side of the tracks. The wealthy believer is shown preferential treatment and the poorer person is not shown the same attention. This should not be the case.
If a church plays favorites, they are directly in violation of God’s commands. God’s grace is the same for all regardless of age, gender, economic status or past. We cannot show favoritism to the wealthy just because they’re on a higher rung of society or to garner some kind of favor from them. We may be tempted to kowtow to the wealthy to fund our ministries or to reach their wealthy friends. The key is to devote ourselves to the truth of the Gospel first and foremost and not play favorites. Otherwise, we’ll be tempted to water down the Word of God so as not to offend those who may be living high on the hog.

Do What It Says

Many people claim to love the Bible, which is the Word of God. They’ll pledge their loyalty to a certain translation or they’ll sing songs about it. They may read it faithfully or listen to it regularly. The real question for us all is, “Are we living it out each day?” James says:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22 (NIV)

When we hear or read God’s Word without any discernible life change, we deceive ourselves. We can say that we love God’s Word, but if it isn’t changing the way that we live, we’re deceiving ourselves. God’s Word is meant to be more than read. It is meant to be lived. We can fight over words like infallible and inerrant, but unless we actually do what it says, we are in trouble. Don’t worship the Scriptures, live them out. Save your worship for the Author by obeying His Word.

Get Rid Of Filth

I don’t like to get dirty. I’m not a germophobe. I just don’t like to get dirty and sweaty and stinky. Maybe you’re like me and you don’t like to get physically dirty. But what about our souls? Do we get filthy in a spiritual sense? James wrote:

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. – James 1:21 (NIV)

He said that human anger does not produce the kind of righteous life that God desires. God wants us to live righteous lives and that means getting rid of moral filthiness and wickedness. That comes by accepting God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, transforms us and helps us live righteous lives. What moral filth have you allowed to dirty your body and your mind? Get rid of it! Do whatever it takes to get rid of the spiritual dirt that is making you filthy. Listen to God’s Spirit and God’s Word and be transformed and cleansed today.

The House On The Sand Went SPLAT!

Good Wednesday morning to you! If those who put Jesus’ words into practice are like a man who built his house on rock, then those who do the opposite get opposite results.

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. – Matthew 7:26-27 (NIV)

Storms of life will come. What is your foundation? A life that is not built on the rock of Jesus’ words will fall flat. We’ve all seen dramatic footage of houses battered and destroyed by hurricanes and tornadoes and floods. Without a solid foundation of Scripture put into practice, your proverbial house cannot withstand the hurricanes, tornadoes and floods of life. Do not just listen to the Word of God. Do what it says. Live a life of love. Live a life of holiness and righteousness. God gave His Word to you so that you would live it out. So live it out today and keep building your life on the foundation of God’s Word.

Life On The Rock

Good Tuesday morning to you! At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives a powerful simile of the person who not only hears His words, but puts them into practice.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. – Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)

The words of Jesus are a foundation upon which you can build your life. They are a firm foundation that can stand up to the storms of life. If you ever wonder why you have such a hard time during the tests and trials of your life, you have to ask yourself if you’re living out the words of Jesus. The Word of God can give you a foundation for living that will stand up to the storms that come your way. Don’t just read God’s Word, put it into practice.

What’s Wrong With The Church?

What’s Wrong With The Church? (from January 2012)

I’ve been a pastor for nearly 20 years.  I was ordained in May of 1997 at the tender age of 23.  I’ve had many, many good times and a few rough times along the way.  I have met so many wonderful people and have served with people who really love Jesus and His church.

One thing that I have noticed over the past few years is a growing disillusionment with the church.  People are ditching the church in favor of Lone Ranger Christianity.  This is not the way it is supposed to be, though.  The church is Jesus’ body as Ephesians 5 tells us:

…a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church.  He is the Savior of His body, the church. – Ephesians 5:23 (NLT)

I remember hearing Bill Hybels once say at a conference at Willow Creek Community Church that he believed that the local church was the hope of the world.  I think that he is right.  When the church is being the church the way Jesus intended it to be, then it really is the hope of the world.  So what’s wrong with the church?  Why are people fleeing rather than flocking?  Why are so many body parts suffering?  What has happened to Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17?  What happened to Hebrews 10:25?

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

It’s time to take back the church!  It’s time to be the answer to Jesus’ prayer and strive for unity.  It’s time to get back to doing church the way the early church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, did church.  Acts 2:42 (NLT) talks about 4 keys that ensured the success of the early church.  They were devoted to:

  1. The Apostles’ teaching
  2. Fellowship
  3. Sharing in Meals (including the Lord’s Supper)
  4. Prayer

In 2017, we must commit ourselves to these very same principles:

  1. The Word of God
  2. Unconditional love and forgiveness within the family of God
  3. Sharing our lives with one another (not just pot-lucks, but sharing everything with each other)
  4. Prayer

We can’t make it on our own, but we can do it together!  It’s still Christ’s body and it’s still holding forth the hope of the world.  Let’s recommit ourselves to making the church be what God wants it to be.

PRAYER: Father God, we pray today that You would energize Your church for which Christ died.  We pray for revival in Your church. Raise up leaders who will lead well in Your church. Thank You for Your church. Help us to be all that You would have us to be and to do all that You would have us to do so that Christ may be glorified and people may be saved. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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