Romans 7:18, 24, 25 – I know that nothing good lives in me, that is my sinful nature. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! (NIV 1984)
My Musings – We have a sin nature, but we do not have to be slaves to it. God has rescued us from it through His Son’s death and resurrection.
My Advice – Do not let your sin nature rule over you. God has rescued you from it. That is the truth, straight from God’s Word. Satan lies to you, like he lies to us all, that we cannot overcome our sin nature so we might as well accept it.
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Romans 5:3-5 – We also rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – It sounds perverse at first reading. Rejoice that we suffer? But that is not what it says. Rejoice in suffering. The suffering itself is not something to rejoice about. But in the suffering, we can rejoice about the permanent improvements it is making in us, involving our ability to persevere, the development of our character and our capacity for hope.
My Advice – Persevere through suffering. There is hope at the end. And once you come through it, your character will be further developed.
Acts 4:13 – When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – One need not attend seminary, or be extraordinarily gifted as theologians. One need only spend quality time (Bible reading, prayer, church, small groups) with Jesus and He will make the difference.
My Advice – There is no better recognition for people of the world to look at us and be able to realize that we have been with Jesus. Seek this kind of recognition in life. Make it possible by making time to spend with Him.
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”?
Or possibly the work of a Cereal killer?
James 2:14 -24 – What 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”
Matthew 6:19 – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in a steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Life is about priorities. If our priorities are fame and fortune, our hearts will be motivated by greed and pride. If our priorities are the things of God, them we will be motivated by satisfaction and humility.
My Advice – Hold on loosely to the things of this world. Its treasures, fame and accomplishments do not last and can be lost in a heartbeat. Seek to acquire real wealth and recognition. The things you do for God and the things you do to build a Godly character will last forever and cannot be lost.