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In Galatians 3:5 Paul ask if “ does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” At the time there were false believers in Galatia who were trying to convince the church that they must be circumcised to be saved. Paul corrected the church in Galatia very harshly. He reminded them that it is only by believing and trusting in Jesus that we are saved and we can add nothing to what Jesus has done for us.

To make this easier to understand, think of it this way. There are various people in the church who believe they are more righteous than others because they have never touched alcohol, or tobacco, or caffeine. Perhaps they have never used vulgarity, or maybe they have never told a lie. What Paul is saying is that people who take pride in such things and believe it somehow makes them more acceptable to God have placed themselves under the entire Law. In the eyes of the world they may appear more righteous, but before God they stand condemned. Paul is telling the church in Galatia not to try… Continue reading

Imagine being condemned to a prison for eternity. There is nowhere to run. No escape.

Condemned with you are powerful spiritual beings that no human could ever hope to defeat. These beings hate humanity and blame you for their misery.

The eyes of one of these beings falls on you. It lunges at you in rage, tearing, ripping, punishing you for it’s own condemnation.

Your flesh is torn, bones broken. You feel pain that seems impossible for to bear and long for death.

You realize that death is a release that will never come. You have lived and chosen your own fate. In death you met a God you never acknowledged in life. A Creator who, with a heavy heart, condemned you to an eternity in hell. An eternity of pain and suffering at the hands of powerful beings who have been condemned along with you.

The bad news is that this will be the fate of most.

The good news is, it does not have to be your fate. God Himself has redeemed you.

God came as a man, giving up the power of God. Born a baby, He grew to manhood in this fallen world.

He was accused… Continue reading

The strength of faith requires experience. Have you ever stood on a promise of God in faith? Maybe for healing, for financial help, or even a spiritual gift like prophecy? If you have not your faith has not grown.

Faith is more than choosing to believe in something you cannot see. Faith is not a roll of the dice. Those with little faith say that spiritual gifts and miracles do not occur today or they say you cannot know the will of God.

Paul wrote to be transformed by the renewing of the mind so you KNOW the will of God. Would Paul write this if you could not know God’s will? Obviously it is possible and the Lord is more than willing to share His will with you. Scripture also says God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The nature and will of God do not change. If spiritual gifts were available to the first apostles they are available to us today.

It is also written to covet spiritual gifts, especially prophecy. To work in spiritual gifts you must desire them and pursue them. Miracles do occur today and Prophecy is spoken today. It is the will of… Continue reading

Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Jesus said this in the midst of preaching about how we should treat our enemies. He capped the section with the words “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

It is easy to assume Jesus was speaking about giving to the needy; however, He followed this section by preaching about the needy. You could apply the scripture above to say “If you give to only those who truly need what more do you do than others? Don’t the lost do the same?”

This is something I have read many times and always assumed it applied only to those who truly are in need. It is easy to justify not giving with the thought you are enabling drug addiction, gambling, irresponsibility, etc… however, we must realize that God in His wisdom has… Continue reading

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Which come first faith or works? Both James and Paul addressed this issue in the New Testament. Paul addressed those who thought their own works could earn them salvation while James addressed others who had no works and likely did not belong to Christ at all.

Paul’s letter to Galatians addressed a church who was beginning to attempt to work their way into salvation. The point Paul was making was that their is nothing you can add to the sacrifice of Jesus to earn salvation. Trying to earn your way into God’s grace dismisses the suffering of the Lord and leaves a person to stand on their own works which can never save them.

While Paul was absent from Galatia a group of people began to shame members of the Church because they were not circumcised. This group called Judaizers convinced many of the Galatians that unless they were circumcised they could not belong to God’s kingdom. Modern day Judaizers teach similar doctrines. They entice an unbeliever to come to the church and God will accept them as they are, but in time they convince them they have to worship a certain day, eat only certain foods,… Continue reading

Many people act as if faith were wishing something to be true that you have no evidence for. As a result, they claim to believe in God while they live as if they didn’t.

Faith is not simply wishing something to be true, nor is it believing something to be true. Faith involves confidence. Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Gravity cannot be seen, yet every morning when I get out of bed I am confident gravity will hold my feet to the floor. This is a kind of faith that comes from experience.

Faith in God involves two things. First, it involves knowing what God has said. We learn this by reading the Bible and going to church. To be familiar with the Bible is to know what God has said to us and how it applies to us. Secondly faith involves believing without a doubt that what God says is absolutely true.

Years ago I was reading about the sacrifices in the temple. The Holy Spirit dwelt in the inner temple in the Holy of Holies. Once a year the high preist would purify himself and enter… Continue reading

Jesus said not to worry about what you will wear, eat, or drink. He said put God and His kingdom first and all those things would be added to you. That’s a promise and God does not break promises. What are you worried about today? Bills? Relationships? Anything you are worrying about you are making bigger than God. Thank God for what you have right now and trust Him to provide for you. Make God bigger than those things you worry about and He will handle those things for you.

Philippians 4:8

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Everything written in scripture appears for a reason. Paul wrote these word to the Philippians to teach them how to be consistently focused on God and to avoid the traps of living a life centered around the world.

Why does what we think about matter? Is it really that important? Indeed it is. Before God created all that exists He had an image of what it would be deep in His mind. Then he spoke and what He had been thinking about became real. You can read a similar example of this in the book of Job. When the devil attacked Job, his possessions, and his family he said “For what I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.” Job 3:25

How does your life unfold in your mind? What do you imagine your future to be? It is very likely your future will become what you imagine it to be. What you… Continue reading

Faith involves confidence and trust. Our belief is not based on faith. On the contrary, our faith is based on belief.

If you have a friend who has always done what he said he would do, you would have faith in that friend. If he said he would do something you would trust his word and be very confident he would get it done. That is faith. Faith is not belief without reason, but the product of belief and experience. Faith IS the evidence of things unseen.