To show respect to someone means that we esteem them. Even if we don’t agree with someone’s stance, we can still treat them respectfully. It’s not about feeling respect for them, but showing it to them. If you want to learn how to show… Read More ›
When we are dealing with such an in-depth topic of the human condition, I believe that the subject matter itself outweighs a simple approach to this subject. We must be careful that what is being said supports the topic clearly. There is no easy approach to looking at what makes us human.
Hating father and mother? Didn’t the Lord say that we were to honor our father and our mother (Exodus 20:12)? Hating wife and children? Doesn’t Paul tell husbands to love their wives–the way that Christ loved the Church (Ephesians 5:25)?
Physical battles involve spiritual ones, and it works in the opposite as well. We must recognize that it is only the Gospel and the sight of Jesus in his saving grace that can give us faith and genuine obedience. Command and threats are part of Scripture, and we need to acknowledge them, and when we do so, we will more deeply feel our need for Jesus Christ, but commands and threats, even when nicely issued as helpful suggestions, cannot fill our sails with faith, hope, and love. Apart from the Gospel, the law is the most terrible burden and can lead us to either despair or the delusion of self-righteousness.
Do you ever feel like you can’t help but do the wrong thing, like you are powerless to change? In reality, we are powerless to change. When Paul talks about living according to the flesh, he is talking about the human condition. We were all born into a life of sin, in a fallen world.
Choose to declare the Word of God over your life. Declare His Word in every area of your life. Declare His Word in every season of your life. His Word is powerful. His Word is active. His Word is energizing.
belief is seen as something mystical, existential, and defying rational boundaries or requirements. For the Christian in such a context, thinking, theology, and reasoning can be seen as unnecessary distractions to “simple” or “pure” faith.
Wealth is temporary. Influence is temporary. Popularity is temporary. But God’s Word is eternal. God’s Word leads us and teaches us how to surrender our hearts over to Him. Focus on the things that are eternal
The one word for this clear and present danger that every follower of Christ faces is – hypocrisy. And hypocrisy is, in essence, about making the approval and praise of man our top priority.
When we stand before God’s throne, we will stand with a great multitude — which no man can number. All nations, all kindreds, all people, in every tongue from across every age will praise God — forever. Every generation from across every age will praise Jesus Christ — the Lamb of God.