Archive for March, 2017

God’s Limited Unlimited Love

Introduction:
As Reformed believers we must admit that on the surface God’s universal love is difficult to reconcile with the belief in election. And we find election to be true and confirmed, and rather indisputably, from the beginning of the Bible to the end.

The Elect:
The greatest expression of God’s love toward sin-saturated mankind is evident in the fact that He applies a unique kind of love on undeserving sinners and elected them for salvation even before the foundation of the world had been laid. There is clearly a sense in which God’s love for His people is a distinct, special, definite love determined clearly to save them no matter what the cost. And the cost was great.
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Who Did Jesus Claim to Be?

Who Did Jesus Claim to Be?

Back on page 13 and 14 were listed a number of contradictory beliefs for Jesus identity. Now we will look at who Jesus Himself claimed to be in the Bible:

  1. Jesus Claimed to be God

In the Old Testament God calls Himself “I Am” in Exodus 3:14. In the NT Jesus uses the same name in John 8:58-59; the Jews realized what He was saying and picked up rocks to stone Him because they knew He was claiming to be God.

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel”, “I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14.
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Do Not Limit God Part Two

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward (Hebrews 10:35, KJV). In the previous blog, we found a couple ways that people limit God in their lives: unbelief, and maintaining a hardened heart. Another way that they limit God ties in with the previous two, which is alluded to in our opening Scripture text: casting away their confidence. People can throw away their confidence by the things they do, and the attitudes and beliefs they maintain.

One way that a person casts away his confidence and thereby limits God is rejecting the will of the Father. 1John 5:14 plainly states, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (KJV). Clearly, when we know we are praying according to His will we have confidence that our prayer is being heard. There is intentionality behind it. That is to say, we are to be intentional about following the will of God. Conversely, when we reject His will, or are careless about His will, our confidence will most definitely wane, unless of course, we are self-deceived. What some fail to realize is that we are most contented, joyful, and even happy when we are in the will of the Father. It is the way we are designed. Unfortunately, there are those who think they know better than God does. For some reason, they believe that they will be the happiest when they follow their own will and plans for their life. So much for, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24) and “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10)! Happiness is based on outer circumstances and has no real stability. Therefore, while they may initially be happy as the result of their circumstances based on their carnal decisions, there will be no real joy or contentment. With obedience comes fullness of joy (see John 15:11), not disobedience. If a person is actively seeking his own will while rejecting or ignoring the will of the Father, they will absolutely have no confidence with God in whatever they do.
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Entering the Enemy’s Camp – Part 3

Fear versus Fear

There is fear of the Lord meaning, a ‘deep awe and reverence for the majesty and holiness of God.’ Proverbs 1:7 tells us that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” The fear of the Lord is what keeps us from contaminating our vessels. Fear of the Lord is therefore, the start of our Christian journey, I believe. “Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.” (Acts 13:26, KJV)

Then there is fear—to be afraid, frightened. This fear is what the enemy uses to trap many babes in Christ. Being a babe in Christ is not threatening to the enemy and his army of demons. However, a mature believer who continues to grow [getting closer to God through prayer and fasting; reading the bible and applying its instructions to their lives—faith in action; constantly praising God] that is a follower of Christ who can do damage to the kingdom of darkness. That’s a believer who is armed with weapons of mass destruction, ready and willing to go into the enemy’s camp and not just take back what he has stolen, but seal the entrance where he once gained access to carry out the operation of robbery. Then help release the prisoners.
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The Master’s Prayer Part 4

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-26 NIV
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Heart in the Wrong Place

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Luke 7:36-43 NIV
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