Why do so many Christians today want to “experience” the power of God in their lives, but yet want little to nothing, to do with the source of that very power – the Word of God?
It’s sad that most of us fail to realize just how much power we inhabit and have at our disposal through our relationship with Christ. And its even sadder that most of us won’t take time to pick up our Bible to begin to really tap into that power.
“Why do we think that God changes/adapts who He is and how he operates based on the time period, culture, society, or world in which we live?”
Indeed, our methods of conveying Christ will change/enhance especially with technology today….and praise be to God for allowing us countless ways of reaching people all over the world with the gospel message!!! However, the actual message of salvation, the Word of God, and God Himself has not and will not change! He does not adapt His Word to suit our “modernized” practices, traditions, ways of life or compromises of sin just because they are “acceptable” today.
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” – Acts 13:22 (NIV)
I love the fact that God called David of all people, “a man after his own heart”. In fact, God chose him and appointed him ruler over Israel, because of this. Why is this relevant/important? Because God, being God, knowing ALL things including what was to come – chose David and identified him as a “man after his own heart”. If you don’t know the full story see I Samuel chapter 16 and then II Samuel chapters 11 and 12 for context.
In the story David is chosen by God to be Israel’s new king. After many successful victories, David ‘falls’. Long story short, he lusts after a married woman, sleeps with her and gets her pregnant, befriends her husband (one of his own soldiers) and then puts a plan in place to have him killed in battle. David’s plan succeeds and the other man is reported dead. Then this ‘man after God’s own heart’ lets the wife mourn briefly, then marries her to ‘cover up the affair’, she has the baby and they continue with day to day life as if nothing has happened! See you haven’t seen a real Lifetime movie until you’ve read the Bible!
God then sends his servant Nathan to confront David regarding the situation, as well as, to pronounce the punishment that God has set forth, which is not a light one at all:
Samuel 12:7-12 (NIV)
Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own. This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
After all this, there is no denial, no excuses, no lying, and no running away. David simply responds as follows:
This response, is genuine, basic, straightforward and true. In his words of confession that “he has sinned against the Lord”, David not only acknowledges his sin, but he shows agreement with God by calling what God has deemed as sin to be sin. It is this very reason that God seeing David’s heart, and knowing exactly what sin David would commit when he appointed him as king, that God still considered him to be ‘a man after his own heart’. David wasn’t perfect, Read the rest of this entry »
This week God has been reminding me that not only do I need to trust in Him to do what He says He will do, but that I also need to remember to acknowledge Him in all that I do.
Webster’s dictionary defines “acknowledge” as follows: to accept or admit the existence or truth of. So if the Bible tells us to acknowledge God in all our ways so that He can direct our paths, that tells me that if in fact we proclaim to “trust” in Him, that we would display that “trust” by acknowledging his presence in every aspect of our lives. So what does that look like on a daily basis?
For me, its when I pray for a new job, acknowledging that God is Lord of my life, and committing what I want into His hands, but at the same time asking Him to show me what His will for my life is. In other words, “God, I want to work in education and instructional design so please direct me to a position where my skills can be utilized, but if there is something else you want me doing instead, please show me and direct me accordingly.”
Its letting God know my concerns about my child’s schooling and instead of trying to figure it out all on my own, acknowledging His sovereignty over my life, and asking Him to help me make the right decision.
Instead of just going out and buying a much needed new vehicle, its acknowledging God as provider of all things, and asking Him to direct me to the right dealership, with the best price as opposed to purchasing the car of my dreams that I really can’t afford. Read the rest of this entry »
I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that we live in a world today where the Bible is depicted as being outdated, fictional, irrelevant, and not valuable. And the sad part is, that those of us who profess to be Christians are adapting that line of thinking and most without even realizing it.
We waver in our core belief of the fact that the Bible is the very Word of God and are instead adopting the non-Christian view that it’s a book of fiction written by mere men. And because we don’t fully trust in it, we stop reading it which leads to lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 clearly says that “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. Looking at the world around us, it is evident as Christians compromise their beliefs, standards, morals, faith, and lifestyles.
There is a common saying these days: “it’s not that serious”. But I’m here to tell you, this is VERY SERIOUS! Any Christian who willingly lacks knowledge of Scripture/deliberately chooses not to read/learn it, is set on a path of destruction – destruction of mind, which ultimately leads to destruction of body.
Little do we realize, that Satan preys on this “lack of knowledge” more than anything else.
I Peter 5:8 – “Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.” (TLB)
Stop wishing bad things on your enemy!
Proverbs 24:17-18: “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.”
Sooooo I guess I need to stop envisioning him falling down the stairs, getting hit by a car, or viciously attacked in an alley? Can I even smile…..just a little bit? I have to admit, this verse definitely slapped me in the face – hard! Because not only was I waiting for my enemy(ies) to fall, I’ve been praying for it, dreaming about making it happen and everything. Smh, talk about an attitude adjustment. This is just one example of how God is convicting me as a person. And here you all thought I was going to address “bigger” issues that society shines lights on like alcoholism, abuse, pornography, adultery, etc. Nope, I’m talking about dealing with issues within me, that only the Bible addresses. Those things that go on in our hearts/minds that no one knows about except God. Those inner sins, demons, habits, attitudes and behaviors that I need to work on to become a better me.