Daily Archives: June 11, 2014

Questions about Humanity: Does God Need Us?

 

God is holy, eternal, almighty, and totally self-sufficient. He does not need any created being, but we do need Him. All of creation is dependent on the life that God alone sustains. “He makes grass grow for the cattle,” and “all creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.… When you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:14, 27, 29).

God, on the other hand, is not dependent on anything or anyone. He suffers no lack, knows no limitation, and experiences no deficiency. He is “I AM THAT I AM,” with no qualification or exception (Exodus 3:14). If He needed anything to stay alive or to feel complete, then He would not be God.

So, God does not need us. But, amazingly, He loves us passionately, and in His goodness He wants us to live with Him forever. So 2,000 years ago, God Himself put on skin, came to Earth, and gave His very life to atone for our sin and prove His deep love for us. He paid the ultimate price to reconcile us to Himself, and nobody pays that high a price for something they don’t want or value.

Jesus certainly knew what was going to befall Him at the end of His earthly ministry (Mark 8:31; John 18:4). In His anguish in Gethsemane, as He prayed about the trials that would soon befall Him, blood-tinged sweat dripped from His brow (Luke 22:44). And Jesus surely knew very well the prophecy of Isaiah 52:14, “His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness.” The Son of Man was flayed to the bone to the extent that He no longer resembled a human being. And that torture was followed by something even worse, the crucifixion itself, the most painful and vile method of execution ever devised.

As Jesus hung on the cross, His Father in heaven “turned away” from Him. Habakkuk 1:13 confirms that God’s eyes “are too pure to look on evil.” And at that moment, Christ cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).

This is the price God paid for us, and this is how we know that He loves us. Because of this incredible and unwarranted love for us disobedient sinners, we are offered eternal life. Salvation is a gift, given freely for the asking, because of the breathtaking, voluntary sacrifice by the one true God. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Once joined to Christ, nothing can separate us from Him. Romans 8:38–39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Believers in Christ are made new. We understand the depth of His love for us: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

You, too, can immerse yourself in God’s eternal love for you and know the certainty of eternal life. Continue reading here to learn what it means to accept Christ as your personal Savior.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Questions about Prayer: Are People Who Claim to Talk to God Insane?

 

There is nothing crazy, ridiculous, or unreasonable about one person talking to another person. Prayer is simply conversation with our Creator. God is spirit, but He is also a Person, which means He has personality, with feelings, desires, and intelligence. He enjoys interaction with His creation, and when we choose to seek Him, He promises we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). The Bible is filled with conversations between God and people, beginning in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17). God created man for fellowship, and conversation is a big part of that. He delights in us and wants us to delight in Him (Psalm 37:4, 23).

God Himself invites us to call on Him, and He promises to answer (Jeremiah 3:3, 29:12; Psalm 50:15; Ephesians 6:18; 1 John 5:14). Jesus taught us how to pray in what has become known as “The Lord’s Prayer” (Luke 11:2–4). His own prayer, recorded in John 17, is also a good example of heartfelt, intimate prayer between the Father and the Son. If we have become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, we can pray just as intimately and know that our Father hears us (John 1:12).

There are too many instances to cite of perfectly sane people talking to God. Some of the most noteworthy are Moses (Exodus 4:10), Elijah (James 5:17), David (2 Samuel 24:10), and Jesus (Matthew 11:24; John 17:1). Many great leaders of the past have relied on prayer to make their decisions. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and most of America’s Founding Fathers believed strongly in the power of prayer. Great scientists such as Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Francis Bacon, George Washington Carver, and Galileo also believed in prayer. None of these people could be classified as “insane.”

Those who walk closely with God also hear His voice speaking to them. God’s voice is rarely audible. He speaks into the heart of a person who is wholly committed to Him (Acts 8:29; 10:19; 2 Corinthians 12:9). He speaks through His Holy Spirit into the hearts of His children to guide, protect, and encourage them (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18). Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice” (John 10:27).

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live inside our hearts (1 Corinthians 6:9). He helps us pray in a way that communicates our real heart’s desire to God (Romans 8:26). In John 14:26, Jesus told His disciples, “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Often, God’s answer to our prayers is already found in His Word. As we pray, the Holy Spirit brings His Word to mind, and we have our answer. Human beings never become all they were created to be until they learn to communicate with their Creator.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Questions about Marriage: What Does the Bible Say about Being a Christian Husband?

 

The Bible says enough about being a Christian husband that a book could be written about it all. In fact, a number of books have been written about it. This article gives a brief overview.

Chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis, the Bible’s first book, record the story of creation, including the creation and marriage of the first couple, Adam and Eve. The roles of husband and father are interwoven. God created man and woman as sexual persons for a number of purposes. One is to give us the joy of perpetuating the race, of populating the earth with generations of people who bear God’s name and reflect His image. See Genesis 1:27–28 and 2:20–25, along with Deuteronomy 6:1–9 and Ephesians 6:4. Family—Christian family—is at the heart of God’s plan for mankind and is the very foundation of human society. Therefore, in most cases a Christian husband’s role affects his fatherhood, just as his role as a Christian father affects his role as a husband.

The clearest picture of a Christian husband is presented in Ephesians 5:15–33. This is the heart of the apostle Paul’s application of what it means to be in Christ, that is, to be in right relationship with God. Paul’s instructions to the Christian wife, beginning in verse 23, explain that she is to recognize in her husband the kind of leader that Christ is to His beloved church. Two sentences later (verse 25) Paul says the same thing directly to the Christian husband. So, the Christian’s model for husbandly conduct is Jesus Christ Himself. In other words, God expects Christian husbands to love their wives sacrificially, fully, and unconditionally, the same way our Savior loves us.

The Christian husband is expected to be willing to give everything, including his life-blood, if necessary, for the benefit and welfare of his wife. God’s plan is that the husband and wife become one (Mark 10:8), so what the husband has belongs to the wife. There is no selfishness in love (1 Corinthians 13:5); there is only giving. The Christian husband’s feeling for his wife goes beyond infatuation, romance, or sexual desire. The relationship is based on true love—the God-reflecting, God-given spirit of sacrifice. The Christian husband is more interested in his wife’s welfare than his own. He promotes her spiritual well-being as a fellow-heir of eternal life (1 Peter 3:7). He doesn’t ask what he can get from her, but thinks of what he can be and do for her.

Ephesians 5 describes how a loving Christian husband is the instrument of Christ’s love for his wife, and is at the same time a model of Christ’s love for His church. What an honor that is! And what a responsibility. Only by submitting to the living strength of Jesus Christ can any man fulfill such a challenge. That is why he must rely on the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and out of reverence for Christ submit to the service of his wife (verse 21 and the rest of the passage).[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

State of Emergency: ISIS radical jihadists “sweeping towards Baghdad,” capture $429 million from Mosul’s central bank. Christians on the run. Latest developments.

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ISIS_pic(Washington, D.C.) — The situation in Iraq is rapidly going from bad to worse.

  • An al-Qaeda splinter group known as ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham — is on a killing rampage in both Iraq and Syria. ISIS is a faction even more Radical and deadly than the main terror network formerly run by Osama bin Laden. Indeed, the ISIS jihadists see al Qaeda as too moderate, and they are Hell-bent on spreading fear and chaos throughout the region.
  • Most Americans know very little about ISIS. But it’s time to learn. At the moment, I’m hard at work trying to finish writing a new international political thriller about the ISIS threat to the stability of the Middle East. It is due to my publisher, Tyndale, on June 25th. But it isn’t slated to be released next March.
  • In the meantime, here is some background, and here are the latest developments. In recent days, ISIS…

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When is Enough Enough?

 

Lawlessness and Illegal Immigration

I want you to read this article about the current border crisis. Then, go to The Drudge Report and read several other linked articles about the current flood—and I do mean flood—of illegal aliens coming into the United States. Many of them are minors, and as you can see, the conditions are not good at all.

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NTEB: Obama’s US Ambassador Raises The LGBT Flag Over US Embassy In Israel

 

Obama loves to spit in the face of scripture

In what could accurately be described as Obama’s greatest slap in the face to the Holy God of Israel, the LGBT flag was raised over the US Embassy in Israel. This is not done to support the LGBT Mafia. This was done to show Obama’s contempt for the Holy Jewish Scriptures. The book of Leviticus condemns in no uncertain terms men lying with each other.

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:13

Todd Starnes from Radio Fox News reported today that “the U.S. ambassador to Israel hoisted a gay pride flag over the American embassy in what is believed to be a groundbreaking moment.  “Proudly flying the colors,” Ambassador Dan Shapiro wrote on the embassy’s Facebook page. He posted a photograph showing a rainbow colored flag flying alongside the American flag outside the embassy in Tel Aviv.

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For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag,” Shapiro wrote. “We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.”

So the Obama Administration publicly endorses and affirms the gay rights movement. Meanwhile, American military personnel are being ordered to remove Bibles from their desks and Bible verses from their walls — lest they be accused of publicly endorsing or affirming Christianity.” (end report)

Did you catch that last part? Barack Obama has ordered the US Military to remove all traces of their Christian faith, but defiantly hoists the flag of the LGBT Mafia to fly in Israel and nearly equal with the American flag. These are the actions of someone with a deep-seated hatred of God, the Holy Bible and the Christian faith.

This is the spirit of Antichrist. The prophecies are beginning to be fulfilled.

 

 

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Podcast: Are we beyond revival?

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The Bible teaches in Revelation that there will be at least one more revival. That revival will happen after the Antichrist proclaims himself to be God. Today we ask, have we strayed so far in the world and in the visible church that we’re beyond revival until that time? And what is a revival anyway?

This past weekend after his meeting with the Pope in Rome, megachurch inspirational speaker Joel Osteen held a revival show to a sold out crowd in Texas, and ticket prices went for $850 for the top dollar stadium event. That’s not revival.

We’re going to spend some time in Scripture today, particularly in the Book of Judges, as we weave in some of the news of the day and trends in the modern church.

Stand Up For The Truth is a radio and online ministry that covers news of the day, trends in the church and theological issues that Christians deal with and talk about every day, and we give you a place to be educated, equipped and connected to help you discern along the way. But most importantly, we point you to Christ Jesus as our Savior, and His Word – the Scriptures, as the truth that you can depend on. In fact, you should filter everything you read, hear and consume as a believer – including what you find on this program – through the Scriptures to see if it lines up.


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