Strong to the End

1 Corinthians 1:8He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We rely on our own strength too much to combat temptation. We are not strong enough in our own strength, but more than strong enough if we rely on God’s strength.

My Advice – Do not think that you are too weak to resist temptation, too weak to be obedient. God will keep you strong if you ask Him too.

License to Sin?

Romans 6:1What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (NIV 1984)

My Musings – People will make any excuse to legitimize their sinful habits and desires. Even going to the extreme of perverting God’s grace.

My Advice – Do not let anyone convince you that grace gives you freedom to sin. It is not true. While God’s grace is bigger than any sin you could commit, it is not a license to continue in sin.

All In Good Conscience

Acts 23:1 – “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is not enough for us to do our duty. We must do so with a clear conscience. This means doing it right and without being compelled. Doing it out of love and devotion rather than grudgingly and out of mere duty.

My Advice – Do what you can to keep your conscience clear. If not, you can clear it by confessing to God.

In God’s Sight

Acts 4:19But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is not what the world views as right or even what we view as right that is the determinant. It is what God views as right. Unfortunately, many times we are using the wrong standard to determine what is right.

My Advice – There will be times as an employee, as a citizen and as a friend that you will have to make this judgment for yourself. Who do you follow? Who do you obey? When there is a conflict, obey God. He will empower you to do so.

Knowing His Voice

John 9:4 – “His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – There are two reasons why people might not know the His voice. First, they might not know Him, they are not saved. Second, while saved, they have not developed a close enough relationship with Him that His voice is recognizable.

My Advice – If you find it hard to know whether or not God is “speaking” to you, then you probably need to work on the relationship. Are you getting sufficient exposure to His Word by attending church regularly and daily reading/meditation, that when He speaks (through others, “feelings” circumstances, etc…) you know it is His “voice”?

A Rigor Mortis Faith

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Or possibly the work of a Cereal killer?

James 2:14 -24What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Early in his post-reformation ministry, Martin Luther referred to the Epistle of James as Continue reading “A Rigor Mortis Faith”