Daily Archives: April 29, 2013

Rule-igion

What is “rule-igion”? We know the word “religion” is belief in and worship of God. “Rule-igion” is the idea that a right relationship with God is earned through rule-keeping. “Rule-igion” says that we have to climb our way up to God. In other words, it’s through our performance and obedience and good deeds that we earn God’s love and favor …

April 28   Sunday –  http://www.joshharris.com/2013/04/rule-igion.php

What is the best safe-guard against false teaching?

What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm. 119:105.) The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err. …

April 28   Sunday –  http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2013/04/28/what-is-the-best-safe-guard-against-false-teaching/

Principles for Living to God’s Glory: Exaltation

by John MacArthur

The clear testimony of Scripture is that it is enough; that it alone equips us “for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Believers don’t require supplemental volumes to deal with new, modern issues and activities about which God’s Word is silent.

Instead, we need to carefully search Scripture for the kinds of eternal principles that will help us navigate life’s gray areas. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been examining many of those principles, trying to develop a biblical mindset for making gray-area decisions.

We considered the principles of edification (Will this activity produce spiritual benefit?), enslavement (Will this activity bring me into bondage?), entanglement (Will this activity build up my spiritual endurance, or will it entangle me in worldly distractions?), esteem (Will this activity benefit others or cause them to stumble?), endangerment (Will this activity train me to ignore my conscience?), and evangelism (Will this activity adorn the gospel or tarnish it?).

There’s a final principle we need to consider—one that summarizes and fulfills all the previous principles. It’s the principle of exaltation. When trying to determine how to behave in life’s gray areas, we must consider how our decisions exalt the Lord. We need to ask, Will this activity bring glory to God?

Paul declared, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). We were created to glorify God and worship Him forever. Because we have been transformed by His grace and transferred into His kingdom, pleasing Him is both our highest aim and our greatest delight (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:9).

Our heart’s cry is to glorify our Lord and Savior with our lives. So when it comes to dealing with gray areas, consider the question, Will God be glorified, praised, and exalted by my decision? We genuinely honor Him when we make choices that are consistent with the principles found in His Word. On the flip side, when we make foolish and sinful choices, our actions dishonor Him. If an activity will glorify God, do it. If it won’t, or if it’s questionable, then do something else.

 

(Adapted from Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong.)


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The Love God Hates

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 NASB)

One of the markers of genuineness in a Christian is separation from the World. This isn’t a physical removal from planet Earth or a disintegration of the body of a Christian. A genuine Christian’s character should be in a continual upgrade unto Christlikeness. That means that as he or she cooperates with God in their sanctification, working out their salvation with fear and trembling, their character will take on more and more of Christ’s character. They will love what He loves and hate…

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