December 13 “Are we the lukewarm church?”

lukewarm churchWhere are you on God’s thermometer of faith? Does the letter to the lukewarm church at Laodicea have application and warnings for you and me and for the church in America as a whole?

 

Today’s Readings:
Amos 1-3
Psalm 141.1-4
Proverbs 29.25
Revelation 3.1-22

 

 

Amos 1-3:

God who reveals Himself

Chapter 3.7, “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

Even though God is God, and His thoughts and plans are so above ours that they can never be fully understood (Is.55.8-9), He chooses to reveal Himself to us through the gift of language, in particular, the Scriptures. That is why it is so important to read, study, meditate on, and memorize His Word.

 

even a foolPsalm 141.1-4:

Keep watch over my lips

Verse 3, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Apart from God the tongue is an evil no one can control (Jas. 3.8). We must constantly submit our tongues to the control of the Holy Spirit.

 

Proverbs 29.25:

The fear of man

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”

If the “fear of man” is a snare or a trap, it’s important that we understand, exactly, what it is. The fear of man is  Continue reading

September 30 “To the formerly dead, foolish and deceived”

Teenage girl, clueless, foolish

Sin has not only affected us spiritually and physically, it has also affected us mentally. In short, we don’t think straight apart from having our minds renewed by the Word of the Living God. “Professing to be wise, they became fools …” (Rom. 1.22), fools who mistake bondage for freedom, death for life, and foolishness for wisdom. It’s called the noetic effect of sin.

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 51 & 52
Psalm 112.5-10
Proverbs 26.16
Ephesians 2.1-22

 

Isaiah 51 & 52:

What would they think …?

Chapter 51.12-13:

12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you should be afraid
Of a man who will die,
And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?
13 And you forget the LORD your Maker,
Who stretched out the heavens
And laid the foundations of the earth;

Matthew 10 says:

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

puzzled, thinkingHow much time we waste “fearing man”! Not just fearing what they might do to us physically, but what they think of us, what they might say about us, or how they might sin against us.

“If they find out I’m a Christian, they’ll think I’m a ‘goody-two-shoes’.”
“If I don’t have sex with my boyfriend, he might leave me.”
“If I give in to my wife, what will I tell the guys?”
“If I submit to my husband, he’ll walk all over me.”
“What would they think if they knew about my past?”
“If I don’t lie for my husband, he might lose his job.”

Proverbs 29.25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”

Do we really want to trust in that which cannot save us? It’s really no different from those Old Testament people who trusted in idols they had carved from a tree trunk or formed with their own hands—gods who are not gods.

Our concerns need to be: Continue reading