Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 9:55 PM|
“[K]nowledge puffeth up.” (I Corinthians 8:1)
You might be asking... “Are you against knowledge, Brother Bob?”
No, in no way.
“Then, are you against BIBLE knowledge...?
No, I'm not.
What I'm against, though, is what God is against... “puff.” Look at the picture (above). All it makes you think about is "puff." It's all puffed up.
Christian, you have all this knowledge. Great. Like I said, I'm NOT against knowledge. I am wondering, though, what you are doing with it. In fact, I'd like to make that my first question. My first question to you is, “What are you doing with your knowledge of the scripture?” What are you doing with all the knowledge that God has given you? Did you get that knowledge to help OTHERS, or did you get it to just puff up. Are you a “swell” Christian? Are you "bloating," while you are "gloating" in what you know, or do you ask the Lord to help you assist others by presenting some truths from scripture as a means of ministering to them? In a word, what's your motive? Are you just showing off or are you honestly trying to help?
Oh, you don't have to answer to me, but I assure you that you will answer to God for how you used the talents that He gave you. Yes, I said “God.” Do you remember? God gave you those talents. Doesn't the scripture say “[W]hat hast thou that thou didst not receive...?” (I Corinthians 4:7) Paul goes on to say... “now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” Good question. That's what this article is about.
Now that we have established that I am NOT your judge, and you don't answer to me, I would like to tackle this subject from the standpoint of someone who loves knowledge (Genesis 3:5) and loves to learn.
To be honest with you, I watch. I look. I stare. That's just me. That's my nature. Ask anyone who knows me personally. Because I'm that way, I can attest to the fact that, over the course of the last six or seven years, I've watched some of you on Facebook post things that, in my opinion, didn't need to be posted. It looked like you posted some of those things just to show off your literary prowess or superior biblical knowledge skills. Again, I'm NOT your judge, but I'm looking; I'm watching.
Let me tell you something. Just because you have a little knowledge doesn't make you any better than others who might not have your abilities but are struggling to live good, clean lives for the Lord with what they know. Maybe you have forgotten that God in His grace imparted to you the ability to easily grasp things from scripture because He trusts you to help others. But, you, in your selfish vanity, think that it's all about YOU ...what YOU know ...how others perceive YOU.
Personally, I'm glad that you have the right doctrine. But, remember, it's not only about WHAT you teach, but WHY?
That can be summed up in one word. Motive.
Can I change the subject of Matthew six, one and two, hoping that it will help you see what I am saying? [I will put the change in brackets]...
1 Take heed that ye do not [show off your knowledge] before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest [teach knowledge], do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
To conclude, please, take a few minutes and think about what has been presented to you. While you do, consider Proverbs 21:2...
“Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
Pastor Bob (Not pastoring today)
|Posted on January 28, 2017 at 6:45 PM|
So, I'm driving last week about a half a mile past my house, when I saw a black lady on the corner by a traffic light who was holding up a sign a hand written poster-board sign. But, since I was waiting to go left, and her back was towards me, I never saw what her sign said. (I figured, since there are many many panhandlers in Pensacola holding up “need help” signs on almost every corner, that maybe she was asking for food or something for her family.)
Well, on the way home today, this time with Terry in the car, that same lady was there, so I asked Terry to read the sign for me. It said, “Hell is real, please don't go there.”
“Wow,” I thought, this lady is giving out the truth.
Anyway, on my way home (only about a half a mile from there), I remembered that we had some old (nice looking) scripture signs that were in good shape that we were going to put in storage. I thought I would be a blessing and give one to this lady. I dropped off Terry and the groceries and asked her to bring out those (maybe ten) signs that I had put in a garbage bag to bring to this lady.
When I got back to her ten minutes later, she was walking away from the corner. “I just caught her,” I thought, and hoped that the long light at that corner would change quickly. I think I sat there about thirty seconds.
Because it was a single lane road, I passed her and was able to turn around in a housing complex not far up the road which happened to be the one she lived at.
Anyway, when I got there, the sign I thought was poster board was actually a dry eraser board that she had hand written those words on.
I gave her not one, but ALL the signs in the bag, and had a nice ten minute conversation with her.
She isn't exactly in my camp, but seemed to be very open to hearing more.
I gave her my phone number and agreed to talk soon. (She texted me while I'm writing this article/testimony.)
Please, pray for Sister Cheryl.
|Posted on November 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM|
|Posted on October 30, 2016 at 8:35 PM|
Unlike modern day surgeons and healers (such as a nurse), which have different aspects of helping you to get physically better (one cuts and the other mends), in GOD, both the surgeon and healer are the same...
|Posted on October 5, 2016 at 12:15 AM|
On my way to answering a brother off-line, I thought to increase my audience by making my answer public...
Just because someone is out of church, doesn't mean that they don't love God and the things of God. Maybe they have had a bad experience, or don't understand the importance of attending. That's why I'm glad the Lord let me have a small part in people's lives by giving me an on-line ministry for those and others like them that have no where to attend or for one reason or another don't.
Now, don't get me wrong... I believe in the local church and even wrote a book about it (see below), hoping to get people back inside the church walls. But, going to church, even a good church, doesn't make someone live spiritual lives.
Church is where someone can go to to hear and learn the word of God, fellowship with believers, as well as praying for each others needs and giving to the support of the ministry. I'm not minimizing the local assembly at all, but am making it quite clear that going to a local assembly—showing up does not make you spiritual or holy...
...Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength does.
A good Christian does their best to live their lives for God, knowing that they themselves will face the Judgment Seat of Christ one day and by their sanctified lives hopefully influence others to do the same.
|Posted on September 18, 2016 at 6:05 PM|
A striking thought came to me this morning as I was getting out of my shower. But, before I tell you what it was, here is what I concluded...
“Those that say, 'the issue of whether someone uses fermented wine in the communion is a minor issue or a non-issue' are wrong.”
A few folks—many of them preachers have said to me over this issue, on more than one occasion, to “Move on” or “...It's not that important.” Seeing their nonchalance, insouciant viewpoint on this matter, by writing this article, I was hoping to catch them unawares (off-guard) to help them consider a better position.
If you have never considered the wine-in-the-communion issue before today, I'm hoping you come to see that this “issue” is bigger than you might think, much bigger!
Here's my story...
For some reason this morning, right after my shower, I was thinking about “blood.” (Maybe, it's because I hit my head, yesterday, on the door latch of my vehicle and drew blood, checking my white towel today like I did the day before to see if it left any red marks. ) Anyway, my next thought, of all things, was “Christ—Christ's blood.” “...That's the most powerful thing in the world ...in the UNIVERSE...” I concluded, “...It's so powerful, it paid for EVERY man's sins!!!”
That's pretty powerful, wouldn't you agree?
Could that be the reason Paul called it God's blood? (Acts 20:28) Could that, also, be the reason that John testified to what he saw up close moments after what he knew had formerly flowed through his Saviour's veins? (John 19:34-35)
With your permission, at this juncture, I would like to ask you a question...
In your opinion, could the most powerful thing in the Universe be a “minor issue?”
...While I'm asking questions, here's two more...
Should we use what scripture calls “the poison of asps” as a replacement for “the pure blood of the grape?” Wouldn't doing so reduce the blood of Christ—THE MOST POWERFUL THING IN THE UNIVERSE—to poison?
If this has peaked your curiosity like it has done mine, please, read the article below...
|Posted on September 15, 2016 at 8:20 PM|
After I got done reading the text below...
II Chronicles 7:4 ¶ Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.
...my mind went to this...
Have you ever passed by a steak house in the middle of dinner or a gyro place that sold lamb during a busy time of the day? Do you remember the smell that billowed through a vent? Did that smell make you salivate? (I bet you are salivating right now, just thinking about it. )
I'm not being irreverent, here, when I say...
Imagine--just imagine, when God passed by the house that was specifically built for Him and the fire that cooked His offerings, the senses that awoke in His nostrils. You knew He has a nose and could "smell," right? (Amos 5:21) Knowing that those offerings were in obedience to His command, He must have salivated, wouldn't you agree? God was pleased with the blood that was shed to make his people clean and He was, also, pleased with the sweet smell coming from the middle of the court that pictured what His Son would come to do one day when bearing in His own body the eternal punishment of our sins.
|Posted on August 29, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
Well, while my wife and son decided they were going to paint the kitchen cabinets, I thought that--since any access to food was limited and there would be no cooking for a few days--I would be a hero (pun not intended), and go to a local grocery store to get some food items.
One of the benefits of this particular grocery store and my graying hair is that the front end workers ask if they can help load the groceries into your vehicle. I acquiesced this young lady's request, and out the door we went. Obviously, my motive was to pass on one of my chicken cards/tracts (http://www.uchicken2.com/), so that she might look at my site after work.
To make a long story short, after finding out that this grocery worker was studying to be a criminal lawyer and having what I considered the liberty to speak to her about the gospel (she told me that she never heard that before), when we were done, she opened my drivers door for me (!!!) and as I sat down to drive away, I espied something green about a car's length away from my front windshield. I got out to see what it was, and sure enough it was a twenty dollar bill. I showed her, got back in my vehicle and thanked the Lord for paying for half of my groceries.
|Posted on August 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
Jumping right in...
The real picture that we are supposed to have of life is the one that God carved out in scripture, and not our own. That's why even though we are in a free society and have the liberty to express our opinions by voting our convictions, we nonetheless have to view it by the constraints of our perception of scriptural prophecy. Where are we, prophetically, in scripture? If we see wrongdoing, can we "turn it around?" Would God be pleased, if we did?
What am I saying...?
Somewhere, we have to decide, is America Israel?
Where do we fit in, as believers?
How are we supposed to be thinking?
What's the bigger picture, here?
What are we called to do, as born again Christians?
How can we please our Heavenly Father?
The issues on the table above trump (pun intended) the issue(s) of political advancements, which usually parlays itself into economic issues, which, in God's eyes, don't always have precedent over spiritual issues. In my opinion, if they were living today, you'd be hard pressed to see the Apostle Paul or Peter at a political rally--(except) maybe of course to pass out gospel tracts or borrow a megaphone to declare the word.
Don't you think there was political unrest during the time they were living? Scripture has very little to say about those things. Why? Because believers were spending time with a bigger issue... "THE resurrection from the dead." "...This Jesus got up, and so can you." The main thing is still the main thing. I'm glad for all my friends and FB friends who are trying to make this world a better place to live. Only, this world is not my final home.
Spend time with what really matters.
|Posted on July 24, 2016 at 4:40 PM|
Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
I don't believe that this American election has any sway on God's prophetic calendar. Let's face it...
“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:37 (Obviously a Second Coming verse )
You can fight all you want to, and you can vote for the best man or woman you think will change the present situation in America, but (Biblically speaking) God will have His way, and your “vote” means NOTHING—nothing to Him. In fact, He has other plans, plans of His own. Those plans include nepotism. If you haven't heard yet, God's son will rule and reign on this Globe for a period of one thousand years (see Revelation twenty).
You wanna do something that will please the Father...? It, surely, won't be for who you cast your "vote" for. That vote won't bring in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You wanna do something that will please the Father...? “While there is still time...” (hackneyed expression) give out the gospel.
|Posted on June 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM|
“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read....” (Isaiah 34:16)
A Brother wrote...
“Well.....not to be contrary or anything - BUT - since the Bible was not written in chronological order I don't see the need to read it that way. So many preachers put pressure on their people to 'read it through in a year,' and that always struck me as kinda silly. I say just open the Book and let the Holy Spirit take you where you need to go.
And besides, the bulk of my Bible 'reading' is listening to it on my phone. I get so much more out of hearing it then I do out of seeing it....
I READ and LISTEN....and firmly believe that God wrote the Book to be read in modules...because that's how it plays out....I think when people are shamed into reading it front to back it becomes a little monotonous and they only do it to be able to say they did it. To me, that's not really reading the Bible.
And besides - 'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.'"
The first thing that I would like to say is, audio or optical [“the eyes are the window to the soul”], whether it be a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph or the whole book, any form of Bible reading is good. No doubt, whenever and however you receive the light-rays of God's scripture deep down into your soul is definitely profitable.
The reason that I am making an article out of this issue is because I believe that you and OTHERS assume that it's okay to read THE BOOK in a helter-skelter fashion and not attempt to read it through from beginning to the end, as it was intended. (I wrote a book a while back, and, because I know people like to skip around in their reading, make it a point to tell them to, “please, read it from cover to cover” or they WON'T UNDERSTAND what I have written because they won't get the FULL picture. Wouldn't it be the same with God's book?)
The first thing I want to address, is what you said in your first paragraph...
“[S]ince the Bible was not written in chronological order.”
Who told you that? That might be a half-truth or partial truth, but it's not accurate. While it's true that God grouped books of the Bible together like the Law, the prophets and the psalms (see Luke 24:44), but, if you study how the book is situate together, it's presented in such a way that, given all the possibilities that one could fathom, even though they are grouped in different groups, and there are some exceptions as to the chronology date of writing or historical date of occurrence, for the most part they are placed in chronological order. (For further reading, please, see my last chapter in this book...
God layed out His books the way He wanted, and you say, It's NOT good enough for me, I need to read them in “modules.”
I'm no scholar, but the little, feeble, study that I've done in this area proved to me that this supernatural “Book” is laid out perfectly. We not only have an Old and New Testament (notice the order), but in the New Testament we have the four Gospels (dealing with the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ), the Acts of the Apostles (dealing with the history of the early Church and Apostles—as far as I can see, in order), Paul's writings (a little disjunctive, but grouped nonetheless together), the general epistles (that have an element of works to them, directed doctrinally to those in the Tribulation—after the church, those who are following Paul's writings, doctrinally, go out) and finally the Revelation that talks about the SECOND coming of Christ (the Gospels being His FIRST).
That looks like good “chronological” order to me.
Let's go further...
Read Ezra chapter eight with me, to verse eight...
1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. (Ezra Eight)
As you can see they read “in the book of God distinctly.” Do you think that they would have jumped around or read it in “modules” or do you think that they read it from the beginning to the end—cover to cover?
What other “book” do you take the liberty of only reading portions and sections where the author purposely laid out the chapters, or, in the Bible's case books and chapters in those books—the way He thought best, so you can read them in the order you choose?
The word 'book” is found one hundred and seventy-five places in the scripture. I challenge you to look them up. Hopefully, reading them, in context, will give you the same conviction that God gave me.
In my opinion, if you mess with the book, you mess with Jesus, who prophetically said...
“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me...” (Psalm 40:7) repeated in Hebrews 10:7 “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
If, from the beginning to the end, the WHOLE volume is about Jesus, that's how it should be read.
|Posted on April 25, 2016 at 10:35 PM|
Just like anything else; Facebook: you get out of it, what you put into it.
It's a tool. And, like any OTHER tool, you can use it for the glory of God or for wrongdoing.
Just like in "real life," you can...
...witness, fellowship, fight, enjoy, learn, read, study, friend people, pass information on and much much more. You can, also, sin, deceive people and be a phony.
Like anything else in this life, you get out of it what you put into it.
What are you doing with it? What are you doing with Facebook?
|Posted on March 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM|
So, I'm reading through my Bible and come across another passage that I don't understand. And, I say to myself, "I know I love what I am reading, but I just don't understand it." Then I think some more and conclude... "Oh, just like my wife... I know that I love her... but, at times, I just don't understand her...."
|Posted on March 21, 2016 at 11:15 PM|
Many years ago, after we had just moved to Ohio, I remember that there was a church that we had visited a handful of times because the pastor was very friendly to me.
This pastor (so I heard) was a Baptist, but he took over a Christian Missionary Alliance work in the center of town and seemed to be happy in his endeavor.
Well, Sunday rolled around, and off to church we went with our four children in tow.
My lingering memory was that I enjoyed myself in the church's short service. Oh, and one more thing—maybe two... The organist was terrific, but she was (in my mind) one of the “ugliest,” homeliest, ladies that I've ever seen.
My next memory of this organist was of her playing a standard hymn for a service. It was wonderful.
Probably the last time or the second to last time I saw this organist, she stood up in church to give a testimony of how good to her the Lord was and presented a gospel tract that she had printed herself, with, of all things, her picture on it! I said to myself, “How could somebody so ugly put a picture like that on a gospel tract—who's gonna read it?!!”
You know what happened next? The Holy Spirit got involved. No, not with her, with me! The Lord showed me that this Lady (I forgot her name. I wish that I hadn't.) was doing the BEST she could with what God gave her ...all, for HIS glory.
Ever since my lesson—my sobering lesson—was learned, I don't look at Christian women anymore like I used to, especially the “ugly” ones.
|Posted on March 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM|
Have you ever heard the expression “So and so is 'a loser?'” I have many times. When judging another person, they'll comment, “He's a loser” or “That guy is just a loser.”
Why am I writing an article like this? I'll tell you why. I've heard this expression, used on more than one occasion; I've heard it from Christian ministers, laity, and those who ought to know better who are using this term towards their own brothers and sisters in Christ.
First of all, the term “lose” is a Bible term (see Mark 9:41; Luke 9:24; II John 1:8), but the term “loser” is not. In fact, the term “loser” is a worldly term. (See the definition below...)
Slang definitions & phrases for loser
noun: (also born loser) A person or thing that fails, esp. habitually; bust, dud, lemon, nonstarter (1950s+ Students)
The person casting such aspersions toward their Christian counterparts must really think that they are something, the cream of the crop, the elite. Borrowing here... “I think the term [loser] first appeared around the 1920's as a general social description and is predominantly used by the upper middle class to describe anyone who does not fit their warped criteria of success. They do this because they are not upper class, or blue blood and they think by taking power in the lower aspects of society they can blend in with the elite.”
Is that you...? Does the above description describe you? If it does, you must really think that you are something. Borrowing now from the Apostle Paul... “Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:4)
Say what you want, friend; label him, if you must, but the man or woman that you are calling “a loser” is held up with the same power that you're counting on to hold you up. In fact, that brother or sister that you so quickly refer to as a “loser” is actually a winner! (Oh, they lost some things, for sure... their sins, Hell, possibly the grave—in lieu of the Rapture, a life of guilt, etc.... In that sense they are losers.) They win, however, Eternal Life, Heaven, Hope, Peace, Freedom, Joy, Assurance, Love, Truth, Direction and much, much, more.
In conclusion, a Born again Christian is a winner NOT a loser. He might lose rewards along the way for his actions/works (or lack thereof), but as far as elitism goes, this son of God (John 1:12) is a spiritual winner who has the victory in Christ Jesus his resurrected Lord. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (I John 5:4)
|Posted on February 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM|
In an article I was reading, someone said to "...look it up in 'Snopes.' you idiot" (...or something to that effect), and I thought to myself, after reading the article (below) a few weeks ago, "who can NOW trust snopes?"
...Then, I thought to myself... "I wonder if that's how people who read the newer versions come to the conclusions they come to..." (READ THE ARTICLE below, before you read the next few sentences) "...when they go to a book that's called 'THE Holy Bible' for an authoritative answer to a subject, but the author of the answer turns out to be corrupt himself...."
"For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God..." (II Corinthians 2:17) "...men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." (II Timothy 3:8)
Thank the Lord that we have His perfect word, preserved for us down through the centuries by a sinless Being, contained in one book called the "'AUTHORIZED' Version."
Note: a kind brother sent me this link that says that the story is fictitious. This only proves my point even more. You just don't know, with man's authority. But, God's word never lies.
|Posted on January 27, 2016 at 7:35 PM|
You caught me.
I tell people all the time that I used to work at "Fairyland," when I was a kid. Maybe that helped to shape my lighthearted, friendly, personality.
I was either twelve or thirteen when I would ride my bike a few miles down Queens Boulevard from my Nanny's house (http://soapnwater.webs.com/) to get there.
Well, there was this very moral Roman Catholic man, named Tom Rupp, who was married with two little girls, who sort of took me under his wing. He gave me a "job" at the ticket counter selling tickets. Anyway, I remember that I wanted a compact reel to reel tape recorder (the "in thing" of electronics, back then ) and I pushed Tom so hard to get me one (remember, I didn't have a father growing up), that he gave me my first—maybe my ONLY spanking growing up. One day when he drove me home, he leaned me over the front seat of his car, and let's say got my attention, real good. (If my memory serves me right, after all was said and done, at the last, I got my prize—my "spanking prize," the tape recorder.)
I've often tried to look for Tom, after I got saved, in order to give him the glorious Gospel of Christ. (I Corinthians fifteen) Hopefully, someone reached him with it before he took his appointed trip (Hebrews 9:27) into eternity.
|Posted on December 27, 2015 at 8:35 PM|
Look at that picture. More importantly, look at this verse...
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
Jesus “caught” Peter.
Even though Peter obeyed Jesus when He tells him on a windy and gloomy near break of day command to walk on the water, when his faith begins to wain, Jesus was right there to catch him.
Do you know what that tells me, Christian?
It tells me that at the last sustainable minute of faith a frail believer who might not have the strength to see it through to the end needs to remember that Jesus is there ready to catch him when he begins to sink.
When the Lord makes it clear to us to do Him service, we should always act on it right away. As time goes on, though, and opportunity affords us a chance to reason it out, it almost never fails; the seeds of doubt seem to always find a way to creep in and begin to grow, making this wonderful opportunity of service, at the last possible moment of completion—mind you, become an importunity (imposition). During those times of failure, thank the Lord, He is there to catch us. Remember, Jesus was near enough to Peter to catch him.
I believe that the reason that the Lord gives us a big task—something that we would not ordinarily do stemming from our own volition, is just to see if we are willing to capitulate. Once we act by faith, we need to keep in mind that He is always near enough to bring us through it to safe completion. Remember, He was the one who beckoned to Peter to walk on the water—walk, not sink. And, He is the one who calls us today to service—service, not failure. Let me ask you, if He is the one who has called us to complete a task, do you really think that He wants us to fail?
Calling Simon Peter to come to Jesus on the water was a simple test of his faith. I'm sure, though, as time went on, there were more pressing issues that would surface in Peter's life that required a more intensified sustainable faith. It's the same with us. Simple faith is all that is required in most matters to complete a task, but—and, yes the Lord does catch us many times if/when we fail—as we grow stronger in our faith we find that those simple spiritual milestones have made us stronger. So, don't be surprised, Christian, as you get older in the Lord, when He calls you to a more intensified test of your faith. Along those lines, if you have been saved for a while now, how has the Lord tested your faith, lately? Has He called you to do something that would require you to trust Him more than when you were first saved?
Has He revealed to you what it is, yet...?
If He has... are you willing to do it? Will you obey? Will you get started? Will you trust Him to bring it to pass?
All that's required is your faith.
|Posted on December 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
A Brother in our group asks...
“Soul mates....does anyone think that is scriptural?... if you can back it up with scripture please....”
For my answer, I will quote Elihu, who said...
“For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.” (Job 34:3)
While we mull over the words/term “soul mate” in our ears, let's see if we can pick up it's flavor.
Webster's Dictionary says...
Full Definition of SOUL MATE
1: a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament
2: a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs
Since this Brother asked if it is scriptural, I will do my best to see what the scripture bears out about this subject.
(Borrowing from another Brother on the group...)
“Although it is not necessary ... it is possible for hearts between two people to be knit together in love...
Col 2:2a That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love ...
And God did something like that between David and Jonathan...
1 Sam 18:1b ... that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David ...
And combining those two with 'one flesh' Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh....”
After reading the last few sentences (from this other Brother on the group), I thought to myself, “those are my thoughts, exactly.”
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God....” (Psalm 62:1)
“...my soul thirsteth for thee [God]...” (Psalm 63:1)
I believe that once we get saved that our spirits become one with the Lord (I Corinthians 6:17). Man retains the spirit of man, but we are baptized into one spirit...
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (I Corinthians 12:13)
Our souls are saved and we are one Spirit with the Lord. Since we have the same Spirit, can we call what we have in common with the Lord “Spirit mates?”
If we are one Spirit with the Lord, aren't our souls (that are eternally saved) intertwined somehow with His—making us bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh? (See Ephesians 5:30)
How can fleshly beings be connected to an Eternal Being? How can we be all be “one?” (I Corinthians 6:17; 10:17; 12:11-12)
There is an easy answer to this question, and it is found in Ephesians 5:32. The Bible calls being “one” (in this case “flesh”) a “mystery.” In other words, you might come close to understanding it, but you will never figure it out.
The Lord in Ephesians five used the mystery of the intertwinings of a man and a woman (see Proverbs 30:19) as an ensample of what we are to Christ.
“...they two shall be one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31)
Now, go back a verse...
“For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” (Ephesians 5:30)
Now, I know that the word “soul” or the word “mate” is not found in any of these verses, but, either way, we are sure closely connected to Jesus. So close, in fact, that God used the example of a marriage between a man and a woman as THE example of what we are to Christ.
Is there such a thing as “soul mate” found in the Bible? You are right, it doesn't look that way. You won't find that expression anywhere. But, could being a “soul mate” be scriptural. Well, that's another story. (As was said above, it seems like David's soul was joined to Jonathan's.)
Obviously, “soul mate” is different from the words “help meet” (Genesis 2:18), but don't let that throw you.
Darby Bible translation says...
“And Jehovah Elohim said, It is not good that Man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate, his like.”
It seems to me that someone along the way stole the term “help meet” and changed it to “help mate” from a perverted bible, giving us the term/thought of there being a “soul mate.”
The Authorized Version uses the words “help meet” for a reason. The word “meet” means...
“Fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose.”
That's what “help” Mother Eve was to be to Father Adam.
As far as God was concerned, the woman that He created from man's rib was a perfect match for Adam.
Given this information, perhaps a better term than “soul mate” might be a “soul meet.”
Is that term in the scripture? No. Is it scriptural? Given the above information; maybe.
|Posted on December 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
When all the bad things were happening to Job, in Job 1:13-19, he never mentioned Satan one time. He only acknowledged “the Lord.” Look at these verses...
Job1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Read through those verses one more time. See if you can find any reference from Job to “Satan” or “the Devil.” You can't.
Now go to Job chapter two. This time, when Satan was allowed to mess with Job's “skin” (Job 2:1-7), Job again attributed his physical dilemma to God. He said...
“...What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?...” (Job 2:10) Job never mentioned “Satan” one time.
What am I saying here?
A “...perfect and upright...” man—Job, attributed evil toward him as coming from a good God.
Revelation of scripture reveals that Satan, indeed, is one of our enemies (Matthew 13:39), but as sons of God who are living in a crooked world, whatever our lot, “upright” Job has showed us to keep our eyes on the Lord, NOT Satan. Knowing this, we can sing...
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.