Posts tagged ‘discipline’

Who Has Bewitched You?

Since our assembling has been cancelled for awhile all over the world, I decided to write out some notes for the adult Bible study I teach which was to happen this Sunday morning. Then I felt led to share it with you. May God bless you through The Spirit, whether or not I live up to expectations.

“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you…? (Galatians 3:1).

Paul writes to believers. Clearly believers can be deceived and led away. (Read Pilgrim’s Progress for an extended study on this issue.)

An important spiritual discipline is discernment. Consider 1 John 3:1-3, for example. (“…test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world…”)

Why do we fall for deceptions?

We are tempted when anyone teaches we will be rewarded for what we do. FALSE (Grace means God rewards us because that is what God does.)

We are tempted when anyone teaches we need to help God get things done. FALSE (Grace means God works through us, all glory to God.)

We are tempted when anyone teaches that God is incomplete, evolving, reacting to our needs. (Grace means God is complete and reliable, Who knows our ‘needs’ before we even ask, and so God is already filling our ‘needs’ and is not surprised by our intercessions or requests.)

We are tempted when anyone teaches that we can figure things out, like arithmetic to calculate our bank account, or systematic theology which describes what God is really like in human terms. (Grace means God’s ways are not our ways. “Greeks [secular thinkers, in our terms] demand knowledge and Jews [spiritual practitioners, in our terms] demands signs [and wonders]. But we preach Jesus crucified and risen, a joke to the philosophers and a blasphemy to the religious people.”

If all you focus on is Jesus and the cross, if the Bible is your only filter to read religious writings, and if The Spirit is the only unquestionable guide on your journey, you are situated to resist the deceivers.

Something Worth Living For

God does not offer us salvation to make us feel good, either emotionally or physically. Read more…

Die To Live

I’m alive so I get to die one more day. Read more…

Lent Work

“A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart” Proverbs 21:2 Read more…

Exceeding the Pharisee

The plague of the Pharisees is an easy trap to fall into as Christians if we are not watchful, and the very reason we were told to be careful of their leaven. A little leaven over time can leaven the whole lump leaving us thinking we are moving in the right direction. Read more…

Christmas Customs Coming

As Christmas approaches many people repeat family customs passed on over generations. Some are good, of course. Read more…

For God’s Good

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan” (Romans 8:28 God’s Word©). Read more…

Discipline Leading to More Wisdom

Whoever ignores discipline despises self,

but the person who listens to warning gains understanding.

The fear of the Lord is discipline {leading to} wisdom,

and humility comes before honor” (Proverbs 15:32-33 God’s Word ©). Read more…

Discipline Leading to Wisdom

If I begin my thinking and actions with love, heavenly love, not emotional love, then what I end up doing may end up honourable. Read more…

Troubles to Test Our Faith

“So he [Moses] asked, ‘Lord, why have you brought me this trouble? How have I displeased you that you put the burden of all these people on me?’ ” (Numbers 11:11 God’s Word ©). Read more…