Walk This Way

Original post May 20, 2019. One must constantly evaluate whether or not the “profession” of their life is consistent with the “procession” of their life.

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1 John 2:6Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Those who claim to know Jesus as Savior, but who continue to live a rebellious life are likely not saved at all.

My Advice – Continue to follow in His steps, giving evidence that your life is in Him.

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What’s This In Regard To?

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When he [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (John 16:8–11, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Guilt, is the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law. Convict has two possible meanings.  The first is to make the guilty party aware of their guilt.  This is one of the roles of the Holy Spirit and is the meaning in this particular text.  The second is to actually declare that party guilty of a criminal offense by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge.  This is the role of Jesus. Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18, NIV 1984). It is a matter of fact that the world is guilty.  There is no chance for repentance and exoneration if they are not aware of their guilt. The Holy Spirit gives the world this chance.  And there is no penalty until the unrepentant party is declared guilty by the Judge in authority over such matters.

There are three charges against the accused.

In regard to sin –  The only unforgivable sin is failure to “believe in “Christ.

In regard to righteousness – In “going to the Father,” after having paid for our sins on the cross, Jesus’ righteousness is validated as acceptable to the Father.  By rejecting Jesus, people are rejecting this righteousness that otherwise could be imputed to them by accepting Christ.

In regard to judgment – By not believing in Jesus, and by rejecting His righteousness, we swear allegiance to the Prince of this fallen world.  But because God approves of Christ’s sacrifice, the “prince of this world now stands condemned,” and the world of his followers along with him.

My Advice – Do not shut out the Holy Spirit.

Trustworthy Wounds

Original post May 19, 2019. If only all conversations followed these guidelines.

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Proverbs 26:20-28, 27:6Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.  As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.  The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; They go down to a man’s inmost parts.  Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.  A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.  If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.  A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.  Wounds from a friend…

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Connecting The Dots

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If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”  (John 15:18–20, NIV 1984).

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.” (Luke 6:27–33, NIV 1984).

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:17–18 NIV 1984).

My Musings – Connect the dots.  We do not belong to the world, so the world will hates us.  The world hated Christ first, and as His followers, we can expect no less. Nevertheless, we are not to respond in kind.  We are not to strike back.  We are not to repay evil with evil. We are charged to repay the hate with love and goodness.  To do what is right in the eyes of everybody, even those who persecute us.  This may not stop the hate and mistreatment we receive for His name sake.  And yet, it may.  It may even win them over.  So, as far as it depends on us, we are to live at peace with even those who consider us their enemy.

The World Hates Us•••As Far As It Depends On Us•••Do Good To Those That Hate Us

My Advice – “No servant is greater than his master.” Can we possibly think we have a greater reason to exact vengeance upon those who mistreat us?  How many can we expect to lead into the Kingdom that way?  As He was dying, being mocked and despised, Jesus uttered words of forgiveness — “Father forgive them.”  How are we doing?  We have been chosen out of the world.  Let’s not respond in a worldly manner.

 

Turn His Face

Original post May 18, 2019. He still has not turned HIs face away.

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Numbers 6:24-26 – “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”  (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Think about this for a moment.  God.  The Creator. Eternally existent. All powerful. Glory so magnificent and awesome that no one in the flesh can gaze upon Him and live. He needs nothing that we could possibly give Him, yet He longs for us.  A longing so deep that He sent His only Son to dies for us.  He turns His face towards us and shines upon us.  He graciously redeems us, who otherwise are unredeemable. He blesses us, who otherwise deserve a curse.  He will never grow tired of us, but will keep us close to Himself for all eternity to come.

My Advice – Be a peace…

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Nothing New Under The Sun?

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Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:4–9, NIV 1984).

My Musings – How many times have you heard the current pandemic described as unprecedented (never before known or experienced)?  In light of 1918, not yet.  When I was in business school, I was taught that we learned so much from the great depression, and built in so many safeguards to our economic systems afterwards, that there would never be another one.  Maybe not, but we’re trying.  The first world war was, for a time, known as the “war to end all wars.” With carnage so unprecedented (there’s that word again) that it was unthinkable that mankind would allow it to be repeated.  Within a generation, however, we began to number the world wars.  Yet by the end of the second one, and the advent of nuclear armament, the fear is there will not be another number.  It will a letter, the letter “Z.”

What has been done will be done again Left to our own devices, mankind will never end war. They will, instead, increase (“wars and rumors of war“).  We will not eradicate disease.  Instead, we have learned to manufacture it.  As long as there is greed, there will be recessions and depressions, excess and want.  Man does not learn from it.  Man cannot fix it.

There is nothing new under the sun – Nothing unprecedented.  Well, not exactly. The writer of the above text was writing about his own observations, with perhaps a bit of hyperbole.  But it does underscore the futility of the man’s devices to solve the evils “under the sun.”  The evils of this world can only be solved “under the Son.”

So what do I mean by “not exactly?”  Unprecedented times are indeed coming.  They will not even be close to what has previously been known or experienced.  “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21–22, NIV 1984).  Not to be too melodramatic, but that’s what you call unprecedented.

My Advice – During these so-called “unprecedented” times many have said, myself included, that “things will never be the same.”  In a sense that is likely true.  They likely said the same thing after both world wars and the great depression.  Some things did change, but in many respects things went back to the way they were before “ever returning to its course.”  Shortly after warning about the unprecedented times to come, Jesus went on to say, “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Mt 24:37–39, NIV 1984).  He warned us, but life seems to go on as if we “[know] nothing about what [will] happen.

To the unsaved – Jesus said, “see, I have told you ahead of time.” (Matthew 24:25, NIV 1984). Time is the operative word.  We do not know how long it will be before the times warned about will occur.  It could be soon (we may be seeing the beginning, Jesus described them as “birth pains” — increasing in frequency and intensity), or far in the distant future (“God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish.“).  But none of us know how long our “lease” on this life will end.  So time is of the essence. No choice, (even a delayed choice) is saying no to salvation.

To the saved (the Church) – While we may take some degree of personal comfort that “for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened,” we have a responsibility to the perishing.  A commission from none other than Jesus Himself to proclaim the Gospel.  “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the [Church Age] last for a thousand [more] years, [angels] will still say, “This was [its] finest hour.” (with apologies to Sir Winston Churchill and the 1st century Church).

No Darkness At All

Original post May 1, 2019. The world has gone the way it has chosen to go- a darkness of its own making when it bowed down to the Prince of darkness. God is not to blame for any of this darkness, and is under no obligation to bring His light into it. Yet when darkness falls, when tragedy strikes, when evil seems to have the upper hand people ask “where is God in all of this?” He is where He has always been, it is we who have moved. Yet His restraining hand is there, holding back even greater darkness, tragedy and evil. On there, on a lonely hill, when daytime gave way to darkness in mid-afternoon, God’s Son cried “it is finished!” From that point, although it was never in doubt” darkness lost and light won. Where was God in all this? Watching His Son die so we might live.

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1 John 1:5This is the message that we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Unlike the “force” there is no dark side to God.

My Advice – Defend the faith. Do not let anyone portray God as unjust without standing up for Him.

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