July 31, 2013

The Wicked

The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. Psalm 112:10

Sovereign Lord , you are God!

Sovereign Lord , you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 2 Samuel 7:28

July 30, 2013

Rise



Yes I will rise
Out of these ashes rise
From this trouble I have found
And this rubble on the ground I will rise

Cause He who is in me
Is greater than I will ever be
And I will rise

What Does the Bible Say about Legalism?


The word “legalism” does not occur in the Bible. It is a term Christians use to describe a doctrinal position emphasizing a system of rules and regulations for achieving both salvation and spiritual growth. Legalists believe in and demand a strict literal adherence to rules and regulations. Doctrinally, it is a position essentially opposed to grace. Those who hold a legalistic position often fail to see the real purpose for law, especially the purpose of the Old Testament law of Moses, which is to be our “schoolmaster” or “tutor” to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24).

Even true believers can be legalistic. We are instructed, rather, to be gracious to one another: “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters” (Romans 14:1). Sadly, there are those who feel so strongly about non-essential doctrines that they will run others out of their fellowship, not even allowing the expression of another viewpoint. That, too, is legalism. Many legalistic believers today make the error of demanding unqualified adherence to their own biblical interpretations and even to their own traditions. For example, there are those who feel that to be spiritual one must simply avoid tobacco, alcoholic beverages, dancing, movies, etc. The truth is that avoiding these things is no guarantee of spirituality.

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The Trap of Legalism


To avoid falling into the trap of legalism, we can start by holding fast to the words of the apostle John, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17) and remembering to be gracious, especially to our brothers and sisters in Christ. “Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4). “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat” (Romans 14:10).

A word of caution is necessary here. While we need to be gracious to one another and tolerant of disagreement over disputable matters, we cannot accept heresy. We are exhorted to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3). If we remember these guidelines and apply them in love and mercy, we will be safe from both legalism and heresy. “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). 

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The Apostle Paul Warns of Legalism


Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Colossians 2:20-23

Legalists may appear to be righteous and spiritual, but legalism ultimately fails to accomplish God’s purposes because it is an outward performance instead of an inward change.

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True and False Churches Today


When there is an assembly of people who take the name Christian but consistently teach that people cannot believe their Bibles—indeed, a church whose pastor and congregation seldom read their Bibles or pray in any meaningful way, and do not believe or perhaps even understand the gospel of salvation by faith in Christ alone, then how can we say that this is a true church?

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Do Good to All People

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10

July 29, 2013

You Never Let Go



Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
On no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

My Redeemer Lives

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

Salvation Is a Free Gift


Salvation is a free gift. You can't earn it; you just need to simply receive it. ~Joyce Meyer

July 28, 2013

He Will Sustain You

Cast your cares on the Lord  and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

July 27, 2013

Practicing Righteousness

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1

July 22, 2013

Come to Jesus

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. John 6:37

July 16, 2013

More Than Conquerors

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37