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Invest wisely.

*Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)*
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

*1 Timothy 6:17-19 (ESV)*
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

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Drink Deeply

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*Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)*
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

*Isaiah 44:3 (ESV)*
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

*John 4:13-14 (ESV)*
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

*Revelation 22:17 (ESV)*
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
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(Commentary)
Just as alcoholic beverages will affect our mental and physical processes, so does the essential “water” which comes by the Holy Spirit affect our spiritual perception and endurance.

Not every spirit is of God, though.

*1 John 4:1-4 (ESV)*
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

Give It To Me Straight.

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Truth:

~The Native language of God
~The Acquired language of God’s adopted children
~The Second language of those who are merely moral
~A Foreign language to those who prefer their own version of reality

 

 

Thoughts on Christian Culture 6: Can You Handle The Truth?

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Can I handle it?

 

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NKJV)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
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•Things Christians are not promised in this life, through scripture:

~family approval
~popularity among peers
~satisfying love life
~wealth
~perfect physical health
~social respectability
~political influence
~fashionable clothing
~fun career
~earthly possessions
~freedom to be whatever we want
~leisure time

These are all worldly (temporal) goals. These things can make our existence more pleasant, or convenient; and can sometimes be considered a blessing by those who manage to keep things in proper perspective.

But Christians are supposed to be looking ahead to something better.

Hebrews 11:13-16 (NKJV)
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

•We are actually told to expect:

~misunderstanding
~rejection
~active opposition
~loss of personal possessions
~spiritual discernment regarding sin
~generalized struggle with our own self-indulgent sin nature
~God’s provision in God’s timing
~prayer support (and accountability) from other believers

Matthew 6:10-12
John 15:18-19
John 16:33
Luke 11:3
Romans 7:18; 8:13
Galatians 5:13
1 Corinthians 5:11-13
James 5:16
2 Timothy 3:12

Happy New Year!!!

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Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.



This is perhaps one of the most beautiful meditations in all of scripture.
And it is perhaps the last thing one would expect to read in the book of Lamentations.

But there it is, right in the middle of the mournful expression of loss and grief and despair…
It serves as a beacon of Hope, and light of encouragement, to all who have placed their trust in the goodness of our Creator and His plan for His people.

A Savior Is Born (23)

A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ.

 

This is the reason we acknowledge the birth of Jesus of Nazareth as the Savior of the world.

*Zechariah 9:9-13 (NKJV)*
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’

***As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.***

***Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.***

For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”
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The fulfillment of God’s promise of deliverance. THIS is the reason we celebrate the birth of Messiah, the Anointed, who came to save us from the pit of death into which we fell.

Privilege Requires Responsibility

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Luke 16:10-12 (ESV)
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
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So now this passage has gotten stuck in my head.

If you’re interested in my thoughts, it would be good to begin by reading the preceding 9 verses of Luke 16.

(Commentary)

~ Jesus was talking to people (natural-born Israelites) who were preoccupied with receiving the promised perfect Kingdom of God (Luke 17:20-21; Acts 1:6-8)

~The problem is that they had mismanaged the information God had entrusted to them regarding that Kingdom, and were about to lose their former privileged position as Kingdom stewards (Matthew 21:33-43)

~According to Matthew 21:45-46, the religious leaders understood the reprimand contained in Jesus’ message to be about them…and they did not respond well.

~ Romans 10:2-4 specifically details their error to be misapplication of the Law as a means of personally attaining necessary righteousness that is accessible through faith in Christ alone. By adopting this alternative view, the leaders of Israel subsequently rejected the Christ who came to establish the Kingdom.

~Because of their negligence and hostility toward Jesus, He predicted:
Matthew 21:43 (ESV) Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.

~Not too long after Jesus’ crucifixion and ascension, Jerusalem was destroyed (70ad) and the Kingdom message of the Gospel was entrusted to the Gentile-dominated Christian Church.

~Personally, I have not yet found any biblical evidence to support the idea that the Kingdom was permanently taken from all who originally were given the trust.

Actually, much of the OT prophetic writings indicate that there would be a time that God allows the contrary people to be punished for their disrespect and that they would be dominated by their enemies, yet at least some would eventually accept their Messiah and be purified by Him.
Paul also discussed this hope in his letter to the Roman Christians.

~Anyway, there are probably many personal applications regarding responsibility and integrity that we could derive from the Luke 16 passage.

•for instance, if I cannot manage to properly care for a rental car or house, when I’ve signed a well-defined agreement…why should anyone believe that I would do better as an owner, making up my own rules?

James (3:1-12) wrote that those who do not “bridle their tongues”, ought not be trusted to accurately teach the Word of God to others.

•If a business employee will steal from, or lie to, either their employer or clients, why would anyone think the individual should be trusted as a business owner?

•If a man does not visibly demonstrate respect for the wife, daughter, or even girlfriend, of another man…even when that man isn’t in the room…how could he be trusted to care for a family of his own?

That’s all for today. Thank you for reading along 🙂