Saturday, August 21, 2010

In Actions Are Hearts Revealed

God created the ocean, mountains filled with ore for our use, and trees as a covering for those mountains. All was for His glory and so that His creation would know He was God. But, then the creation took those trees and made a cross and with the ore, nails. And they crucified the Creator's Son who gave them everything under their dominion. In actions are hearts revealed.

Our hearts, desperately wicked and His, loving.

Friday, August 13, 2010

This Is Your Brain on Taxes, Part 3

So, I was reading the daily entry from Proverbs the other day and I came across this verse, Proverbs 10:16, in the ESV:

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin."

My brain of course has to analyze it from a tax perspective. The righteous receive a wage and the wicked get a gain. Normally, when you hear those terms in Tax World, a wage is ordinary income & a gain refers to capital gain.

But wait! Ordinary income is taxed at a higher rate than capital gain! How does that work? How is it that the righteous get taxed more than the wicked!?!

Oh wait...

I guess this is further evidence that God did not write the tax code.
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This is Your Brain on Tax Season
This is Your Brain on Tax Season, Part 2

Friday, July 30, 2010

Higher Authority: Word of God or the Holy Spirit?

If the Holy Spirit leads in a different direction than the Word of God, which one do you follow?

How is the Word of God described? It is a "...lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105). Also, that "...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). And, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

How is the Holy Spirit described? What do we know of Him? Speaking about the Holy Spirit, Jesus himself says "...he shall not speak of himself..." (John 16:13), but that "He shall glorify me..." (John 16:14). Jesus also said the Holy Spirit, "...whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26).

The Word of God is the direct commandment from God. In life it is our lamp, our subsistence, our source for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. The Holy Spirit, not having his own agenda, works in conjunction with the Word of God to glorify God, not himself. Contrary to false doctrine, the leading of the Holy Spirit will never contradict the Word of God.

If the Holy Spirit leads in a different direction than the Word of God, which one do you follow?

The situation suggested in this question is impossible. If the spirit leading you is taking you in a different direction than the Word of God, that spirit is neither holy nor of God.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Just Thought I'd Share

Pride has really been before my face recently. God has really been showing me exactly how much pride I have and how getting rid of it will be powerful for the kingdom of God.

I haven’t been writing a blog because no one reads it (except family of course. I love you all…). And I’m afraid of what I write on the blog because I don’t want to reveal too much of “me”. No offense to “me”, but who cares about me? When did it become about me? Whose team am I really on?

Ephesians 2:8, 9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

I’m not really here on this earth for what I can accomplish for me. God didn’t save me and give me his grace so that I could squander it on useless pursuits. I have been told to speak (or write), not gather an audience to hear it. And if I am willing to share, willing to give of myself, no matter the scope, maybe I can make a change in someone’s life. Isn’t that worth the laying down of my pride? To show some weakness so that others may be strengthened?

So I encourage you to lay down your pride. In the end, no one’s going to remember what you accomplished for “you”. In heaven, we’ll all be too busy focusing on God and what He did. Maybe ask yourself: when did it become about me? Whose team am I really on?

Seriously, the time is short. Have you seen what is passing for the behavior of a Christian lately? We are truly in the days when sound doctrine will not be endured. So if you are out there and you have not yet bowed the knee to the image of Baal, lay down your pride. Please, stand up and speak!

This is what God has been showing me. Just thought I would share….

Sunday, August 2, 2009

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