The Jesus Code: “Faith or Works?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 50 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2.14).

 

Faith or works? On the surface it seems like Paul’s emphasis was on faith and faith alone, while James emphasized the importance of works. So who was right? Are we saved by faith or by our works?

There has always been a battle within the church between the two. Some might say that the Apostle Paul is the champion of the “faith crowd.” After all, didn’t he say we were saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2.8-9)?

But then there is James reminding us that “faith without works is dead” (Jas. 2.20-26) and adding “even the demons believe and tremble” (Jas. 2.18-19). Continue reading

The Jesus Code: “Ignorance & apathy” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 16 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11.3).

The first paragraph of this chapter says it all:

A news reporter once asked someone, “What are the two greatest problems facing America?” The man replied, “I really don’t know— and I really don’t care!” And there you have it, the two greatest problems facing our nation: ignorance (“ I don’t know”) and apathy (“ I don’t care”). No two single factors are working harder to destroy the very foundation of our nation than ignorance and apathy.

The author goes on:

George Washington entered the office of the presidency with these wise words: “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” In 1796 he left office with this farewell: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” Sadly, our first president would not recognize his nation today.

Hawkins goes on the talk about those pillars, listing four that are crumbling before our eyes:

  • The Pillar of Dignity (self-respect, respect for others and respect for human life, including the life of the unborn).
  • The Pillar of Devotion (to God, home & country).
  • The Pillar of Duty (the strong American work ethic has been replaced by an entitlement mentality).
  • The Pillar of Decency (vulgarity, obscenity, nudity and pornography are accepted with hardly a whimper opposition).

Hawkins ends with this:

Our neighbors to the north and south— Canada and Mexico— were discovered by explorers looking for gold and dominion. But the American settlers were looking not for gold, but for freedom to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were in search of God, not gold. They came to the New World, as stated in the Mayflower Compact, “for the glory of God and advancements of the Christian faith.”

King David’s question needs to be asked again today: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

 

Next week’s question is: “Who may ascent into the Hill of the Lord?” (Psalm 24.3).

Last week’s question: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14.14). Read it here.

 

 

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Blessings,
Donna

 

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The Jesus Code: Making Wise Decisions + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 10 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins. For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

This week’s question: “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).

The occasion for this question was a showdown between Elijah and the One True God and 850 prophets of Baal and their Queen, Jezebel. God’s people had faltered between serving God and worshiping false gods for generations.

I wonder how tired and frustrated Elijah must have been as he asked the people, “How long … how long are you going to live like this? How long are you going to be tossed to and fro? How long will you falter between two opinions?”

Hawkins says:

The pages of Scripture are replete with challenge after challenge to make right choices in life. Moses said, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30: 19, emphasis added). Among Joshua’s last words to his people were these: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the L ORD” (Joshua 24: 15). Luke recorded this statement Jesus made about an important choice: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other” (Luke 16: 13).

 

We are all faced with the choice between making wise decisions and foolish ones every day, in big and little ways. The courses of our lives are not so much determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make.

Hawkins goes on in this chapter to make four important points about wise decision making:

  • Wise decision making comes from our consciences.
  • Wise decision making is not apart for reason.
  • Wise decision making involves God’s Word.
  • Wise decision making involves the heart.

Some questions we might ask ourselves are:

  • What are we doing to inform our consciences biblically?
  • Are we letting some strongly held desire override our God-given common sense?
  • Have we sought God through His Word and wise godly counselors?
  • Is our heart focused on pleasing Him?

Tf we are regularly spending time in God’s Word, informing our consciences with what He says is right and what He says is wrong … If we are submitting our desires to what pleases God and His will as revealed in His Word … If we have sought godly counsel … And if our hearts are fixed on Him, we can step out in faith and make wise decisions.

Hawkins ends this chapter with these words:

Are you reading these words, realizing you are on the fence and you just can’t bring yourself to make a decision? Choose God! He will not fail you or forsake you— He loves you and has a plan for your life. Decide to follow Him. And remember, not to decide . . . really is to decide!

 

Next week’s question is: “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19.9).

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Previous questions:

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

Blessings,
Donna

 

 

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The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

 

Divine Counterpart

Be sure to check out the first in my series on Genesis, “Divine Counterpart,” on Ren’s website “A Look at the Book.”

 

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The Jesus Code: “Ask! What Shall I Give You?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 9 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins. For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

This week’s question: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

Solomon had just succeeded his father David as king. He was young, less than 20 years old, with little experience and big shoes to fill. Hawkins says:

At this time of his life, Solomon was pure and virtually void of pride. He journeyed to Gibeon to worship and humbly seek God’s help and direction. There God met him and asked the new king, “Ask! What shall I give you?” which is to say, “What do you want from Me?”

What an incredible question! If God asked you that question, what would you say?

The author goes on:

Everyone wants something . What you want may not be what you need, but what you want can be a very good indication of where your heart is.

Solomon replied, “Give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3: 9).

What were the three things Solomon asked for?

He asked God to work with him. That’s where it should always start. Most of us want change. Lord, change my husband, change my wife, change my kids … my boss … or whomever. But we need to first ask God to change us.

Solomon next asked God to work in him not around him. The problems we have are first internal. Instead of asking God to change our circumstances, we need to ask him to change us from the inside.

Then he asked God to work through him so he could judge God’s people. Too many of our prayers are “bless me prayers.” It not wrong to ask God to bless us, but that should not be the sum total of our prayers.

Hawkins:

Solomon chose the best, and God went above and beyond. The Lord said, “I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart. . . . And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3: 12– 13).

What do you want ? The good news is when you choose the best, God will more than bless.

 

Next week’s question is, “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Be sure to sign up for the “Christian Living” emails so you won’t miss upcoming posts on the book and notifications of each week’s LINKUP.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Divine Counterpart

Be sure to check out the first in my series on Genesis, “Divine Counterpart,” on Ren’s website “A Look at the Book.”

 

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“The Jesus Code – 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer” + LINKUP

I just started a new book, The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins.

This past year our church read The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know. The book contains 52 chapters, one for each week. They were short and easy to read in one sitting, but packed with insightful comments. I couldn’t wait to start Hawkins new book.

The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week, that the author believes are vital for every Christian to answer. Reading the first chapter, I wasn’t disappointed.

The first chapter and question is, “Has God Indeed Said …?” from Genesis 3.1.

The answer to that question is one of the most important truths in the Bible! Getting it wrong has lead to incalculable sin, heartache, and destruction.

Hawkins says:

Satan entered the scene of life just three chapters into the Bible, and the last time we encounter him is three chapters from the end. And the damage he has caused is seen on every page in between. This cunning creature was smart enough to know that doubt is deadly. He did not try to force us to eat the forbidden fruit. He simply tossed a seed of doubt our way, and we took it from there: “Has God indeed said?”*

He goes on to talk about the downward digression that follows once doubt takes root:

Eve “saw” the tree, she “coveted,” she “took” and gave to her husband, then they “hid” themselves. Hawkins points out the same pattern in David’s life. He “saw” Bathsheba bathing, he “coveted,” he “took” her, then he “hid” to the point that he was willing to commit murder to stay hidden.

And if we don’t answer that questions rightly, we will fall into the same downward spiral.

Next week, the question is, “Shall not the judge of the whole earth do right?” from Genesis 18.25.

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Donna

 

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*Hawkins, Dr. O. S. (2014-07-29). The Jesus Code (Kindle Locations 138-141). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

 

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