“Follow me”

As Christians, we need to stop trying to lead by leading and instead learn what it is to lead by following. Everything else is striving.

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19

Humanism vs Christianity

Humanism: An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.

Christianity: A faith-based belief system that attaches prime importance to divine or supernatural matters. Christian beliefs emphasize that all people are lost sinners in need of salvation through faith in Christ and that humanism is essentially a substitute religion replacing worship of God with worship of man.

Romans 1: 25
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.

Nothing New Under the Sun

When I look around at what is happening in this country since the presidential election I am reminded that it has ever been the way of fallen man that when they are overcome by argument or deposed by tournament, they resort to angry incrimination, slander and violence. It is the last refuge of the prideful and the common tactic of the deceitful. And it is the way of Cain.
 
The martyrdom of Stephen speaks to this:
 
Acts 7:54-58
54 When they heard these things, they were enraged in their hearts and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said,
56 “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they screamed at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him.
58 They threw him out of the city and began to stone him.

The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22:37
    Jesus said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
 
 This is the greatest and most important command. It is the foundation upon which our lives must be built. The allure of all other things in our lives melts away beneath the weight of the glory of undivided love toward God.  If love toward God is truly the number one priority in our lives and valued above all other things then all our affections toward created things will be directed in a right manner.

The Neglect of God

Many men suppose that if they do not neglect their duty to their fellow men and if they are honest and upright in their dealings with others, that they are not guilty before God, as though it were less a crime to dishonour God than man and as though it were innocence to neglect the necessary salvation afforded us by our Maker and Redeemer. The apostle here shows that the wrath of God is equally revealed against the neglect of God as it is against positive iniquity; and that this is an offence of such consequence as to be placed first, and more deserving of Divine indignation than the neglect of our duties towards men. (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament)

Romans 1:18-20 (HCSB)
18  For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth,
19  since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.
20  For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.

 

The Christmas Light

This Present Darkness

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. (Isaiah 5)

The Christmas Light

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1Peter 2)

 

 

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘄 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲

 
Our souls have become structured over the years by layers of self-protective, self-centered lies that we have judged and accepted as beneficial to our mission of obtaining and maintaining positive self-esteem. This dysfunctional soul structure that we have constructed on the foundation of self-centered, self-protective striving must be deconstructed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Judgments that have become the foundation of beliefs residing in our soul which encourage and support the ungodly choices that we are making today must be detected, unearthed, and removed in order for Christlike character to be developed within us (1Cor. 11:28-31).
Sin strongholds arising from root judgments will never be overcome in our life by simply suppressing negative feelings and urges or avoiding certain situations and circumstances. These measures may be necessary, but they are only temporary, stopgap measures and do not deal with the real source of the problem (Col. 2:20-23).
If we truly desire freedom from our pervasive struggle with “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing” (Rom 7:19), we must be willing to allow the law of the Spirit of life to set us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8: 2). The law of sin and death only has power in our lives through the lies working in our souls that are keeping us from the freedom of truth. The law of the Spirit of life is effectually the power of truth, by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross working in our souls to free us from the power of the lies. The law of the Spirit of life is the Holy Spirit actualizing the finished work of Christ in the individual Christian.