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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

Jer 31:33 I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Romans 2:14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves

The heart is the core of a man, the place where his very beliefs are formed. With the Law written in their heart the gentiles did not have to try to do the things the Law required, they were instinctive. Through Christ the law is not done away with it is fulfilled by His people becoming the Law. Through belief in Christ and belief that He payed the penalty for sin we make our heart pure and a suitable temple for the Holy Spirit of God. There is no man who can hope to do the things of the Law instinctively, save one: Jesus. It is His holiness that allows men to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God and it is that Spirit working in us that becomes our very nature.

I read the an article today on Charisma Magazines website. The article mentions the suicide attempt of the 15 year old daughter of a celebrity and deceptively attempted to link it to her spiritual beliefs. People attempt to take their lives when the pain they are suffering is unbearable. There is no quote from this child or her family that would justify Charisma’s conclusion. The article is simply capitalizing on this young girls pain for the benefit of the magazine.

This is not Goldy behavior. It is deceptive and our God has no part of deception. If Charisma wishes to discuss doctrine they should do so openly instead of sensationalizing this child’s pain. I am not affiliated with or a member of the church mentioned, nor do I intend to be; however, I do recognize evil when I see it. Brothers and sisters we must never lie in an attempt to further God’s work. Deception is a lie and we know the enemy is the father of lies. Be very careful to know who it is you are serving with your words.

Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:… Continue reading

I just had a thought. Actually, I’m sure it was God speaking to me because I am not this smart on my own.

There are three reasons never to argue church doctrine with members of other churches.

1. You could be wrong. You do not know everything there is to know and be revealed from scripture. (If you think you do, you have bigger problems than this to contend with.)

2. You are supposed to have patience and show love for others. Remember there was a time that you knew less about the scriptures than the person you are arguing with.

3. We are told not to cast our pearls among the swine.

Calm discussion and debate of doctrine is good and enlightening for both parties; however, arguing about which doctrine is correct serves no useful purpose. If you find yourself angry, frustrated, indignant, or feel the need to “win” in such a discussion one of the above three points will apply.

Reprinted from JimDisbrow.com

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

The words of a Christian carry great power and we should be mindful of what comes off our lips. Jesus taught us that if we have faith the size of a seed we could speak to a mountain and it would move.

Have you considered this when you talk about your health, your family, or your country. Did you realize when you say “This president will destroy this economy” you are causing it to happen? How many times have you said “I feel like I will be sick.” Have you ever said “my kids never mind me.”

Well, if you say so…

You have a choice of what to think about. If you remember everything the other did to hurt you then you will fight and be miserable. If you remember everything the other did to make you smile you will have happiness and peace.

Ephesians 5

Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

We are to judge what we are responsible for. Discussing doctrine is fine, we learn that way. But we should do so with patience and knowing it is quite possible we are wrong.

Consider Pauls letter to Galatia. He was not happy and that is clear in his writing. However he planted that church and was responsible for it. Paul never wrote in that manner to a church planted by Barnabas or Peter. That would have been out of line and those churches were not his concern. Paul corrected issues in churches he was responsible for.

We are at war. The enemy is out to kill as much of humanity as he can and has successfully distracted us by fighting about who is right and who is wrong. What if a country went to war and the different units were busy fighting over which commander had the best strategy instead of working together? That division would lead to that countries defeat.

We need to think of the lost as our Kingdoms civilian population. They are being destroyed while we argue about doctrine. That does not please God. It doesn’t matter if you are Cathoic, ELCA, SDA, LDS, or First Church… 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