Archives For Obedience

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Our faith in God is directly tied to His authority. You follow who you trust. You obey who you trust. So it is with God.

Jesus has authority. Being fully God, that means He has all-authority, not just some or part. This is how Jesus created everything through His word. Winds obeyed Him. Healings happened. Demons exited. It is all based on God’s authority. What I don’t fully understand sometimes, is the fact that when I fully believe, trust, and obey this Authority, I can do far greater things than I can imagine. Jesus reminded His disciples of this when they were not able to cast out a demon:

Then Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can ’? Everything is possible to the one who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

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The poor Pharisees. Look, let’s give them a pat on the back for effort. They really do try. Unfortunately, they missed the point in the gospel of Mark, chapter two. Jesus steps out of heaven and begins to do miraculous things. He is healing. He is casting out demons. Then, He tells a man his sins are forgiven.

Red light for the Pharisees.

Only God can forgive sins, and they reel back in astonishment that this man would even dare to say that! They ARE right. Only God can forgive sins. But they missed one important fact: Jesus is God!

They were so worried about the rules and focused on the rules that the Pharisees missed Jesus. They were waiting to trip Him up. They knew the rules, inside and out. In fact, they even added their OWN rules to the mix for others to follow! They put so much emphasis on the rules, that they missed out on a fulfilling, purposeful, wonderful, joyous relationship with God.

The Christian life is not about rules.

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Do you remember the time you found out that Santa Claus was not real? Or the Easter bunny or tooth fairy? Or Milli Vanilli’s singing? Or Donald Trump’s hair? It probably felt like some wind was taken out of your sails. Maybe you even were a little upset, or even angry. This happened to some priests in the book of Acts and revival took place.

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Our first flight to New York City was stressful. We flew into NYC, post 9-11. Excitement was mounting as we were about to begin our decent. It was all fine and dandy until the captain came on the intercom and told us we were being grounded in North Carolina because of weather. Except, there was no bad weather outside my window. I did what every conspiracy theorist does at heart: I freaked out!   Continue Reading…

By the time Jesus got to the cross, He was already in pretty bad shape physically. He had been flogged (in which many do not even make it past that), and now He was going to endure even more pain. After Jesus’ verdict is pronounced by Pilate, the victim would now carry the cross bar of His instrument of death down a road to the place He would be crucified. This was not a healthy person though. This was a person who had been severely beaten. There was much blood loss, weak muscles and more.

Jesus carried His own cross. The Romans strapped the patibulum (cross bar) to His back which weighed between 75 and 125 pounds and He began down the Via Dolorosa (The Way of Sorrows) to Golgotha (Calvary in Latin): the place of the skull. In order for the Romans to keep the victims moving, they often tied ropes to them to pull them along the path. It was that physically straining. Jesus must have run out of so much physical strength. He fell. One of the Roman guards then force Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross for Jesus the rest of the way.

Crucifixion was so incredibly horrible, that some Jewish women were allowed to give the victims a drug to help with the pain. Jesus refuses this. As Dr. Hunt writes, “He knew what He was doing.” So, the crucifixion begins. Continue Reading…

One of the most difficult things for me to understand is why Jesus Christ would go through what He went through for me. I am nothing. A nobody. A sinner. Yet, because of Jesus’ great love, He took my place on the cross. He died for me. He died for you. One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 5:6-11:
For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.
Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice. Thank you for conquering death by rising again! With this being Holy Week, let’s take a look at all Jesus went through. This is a brief look at this story and is a shorted version from Dr. T.W. Hunt’s book The Mind Of Christ, pg. 101-120.  Continue Reading…

English: The Golden Calf, Exodus 32:1-8, 30-35...Have you ever made promises to God you don’t intend to keep? You know, “If you do this for me God, then I will attend church every week.” You know what I mean…

Well, you’re not alone. God’s people seemed to pull this one as well all they way back in the book of Exodus. Listen to what God’s Word says: “Moses came and told the people all the commands of the Lord and all the ordinances. Then all the people responded with a single voice, ‘We will do everything that the Lord has commanded (Exodus 24:3).’” Sounds pretty good huh? Well, Moses heads up the mountain to meet with God for forty days and forty nights.

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I was reminded this week about what God does reward. He rewards faithfulness, obedience, and humility.

If that is true, which it is, then there are things that God DOES NOT reward. Continue Reading…

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This week I finally got to begin my study to teach through the book of Isaiah. I know what you are thinking already, and yes, it will take me a while to get through all sixty-six books.

In the preparation, I have been studying about the prophet Isaiah and I was reminded about something. Following God’s calling takes courage. It did for Isaiah. He was not the most popular guy. He did not have a very popular message. According to rabbinic tradition, it ended up costing him his life. Continue Reading…

Losing At Christmastime

December 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

Christ made a paradox statement that is recorded several times in the Gospels.

He said in John 12:23-26, “Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My 
Father will honor the one who serves me.”

The paradox is this; if we lose our life we will find life. That doesn’t really make sense does it? This is because as followers of Christ, we are to exchange our lives for Christ’s life. The Apostle Paul put it like this, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).” When we put our faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are giving Him our life to do as He pleases. This is the exchange. He gives us the gift of salvation by grace through faith, and we are to give Him our lives – completely, fully, and totally. Continue Reading…