Daily Archives: July 31, 2019

July 31 The Lifeline to Freedom

Scripture Reading: James 1:12–17

Key Verse: James 1:12

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Satan cannot have your soul, so he wants nothing more than to ruin your fellowship with the Lord and to sidetrack your walk and your witness.

James, Jesus’ half-brother, describes the destructive progression Satan sets in motion through temptation: “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (James 1:14–15 nasb).

We can be carried away and lured to go beyond the limits of our God-given desires and interests. Our own lust can conceive and give birth to sin. But this birth is not one involving life. Rather, it brings forth death.

Jesus, however, is a God of hope. While it sometimes seems as if Satan is throwing everything in his formidable arsenal at us, we can trust in God’s Word and believe Him when He tells us that He is faithful. He will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able, in His power, to withstand. God will always give us the opportunity to escape. He always honors His Word. And He is always trustworthy.

The key to overcoming temptation is simple obedience. At times, that may seem impossible. But keep in mind that what is impossible with man is possible with God (Matthew 19:26). The Bible says that He will make a way of escape. The lifeline to freedom forever will be there. It is simply a matter of whether we are willing to grab hold.

Dear Lord, I thank You that You will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able. Thank You that the lifeline to freedom is available to me today as I reject temptation.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 222). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 31 Spiritual Blindness

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3–6

Key Verses: Matthew 13:15–16

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.

When telling of his conversion experience, the apostle Paul always included the footnote that he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews.”

The people of Paul’s day understood exactly what he was trying to convey. His terminology gave evidence that he was a well-educated Jewish purebred.

From the time of his birth, Paul was taught to think within the confines of the Law of Moses. As a young man, he spent his days in the synagogue where he studied under Gamaliel, one of history’s greatest Jewish scholars.

His debates among Stoic philosophers underscored his vast knowledge. But in reality, Paul was quite blind. Mentally he might have been on the borderline of brilliance, but spiritually he lived in darkness. Only Jesus Christ could provide Paul with an education that would change not only his own life, but the lives of all who followed his teaching.

God’s true wisdom and knowledge cannot be found in a human textbook. You may have a “degree of degrees”; but until you sit in God’s classroom, you are living in spiritual blindness. Ask God to remove the scales from your eyes that may keep you in spiritual blindness. Open your heart to study His Word, and you will find the key to true understanding.

Dear heavenly Father, I can’t make this journey if I cannot see the way. Let the light of Your Word clear up my spiritual blindness. Remove the scales from my eyes.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 222). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 31 In Difficult Times

Scripture reading: Psalm 4:1–8

Key verse: Psalm 4:5

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,

And put your trust in the Lord.

In her book Abiding in Christ, Cynthia Heald writes about her journey of faith during difficult times:

The wise counsel of Proverbs 3:5–6 has been in my heart for over twenty–five years. Although it has become an old friend, its encouragement continues to be fresh and new in my life.

During a recent struggle, it seemed that the Lord was saying to me, “Do you trust Me?” My response was, “Yes, Lord, I trust You. But can’t You rephrase the question: Do you trust Me to work everything out so that you are happy? I think I could really trust You then.”

But the Lord was steadfast: the issue was my unconditional trust. No strings attached, no negotiating, no promises.

In a deeper way, I began to understand what it means to trust God with all my heart. There is no room for bargaining for what I think is best, only implicit confidence and patience in His plan.

The Scriptures do not guarantee that all will be well according to our human perspective. They do, however, promise that God will work all things for our good. As we learn to trust Him no matter what, He develops within us a deeply rooted confidence in Him. This confidence enables us to lean on His understanding and His ways of working in our lives.

Is God asking you to trust Him unconditionally?

Dear heavenly Father, let me trust You unconditionally—even in difficult times.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 222). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Gospel Coalition Writer/Speaker Comes Out in Full Support of Gay Marriage — Christian Research Network

“The Gospel Coalition believes in Gilson so much that not only is she a contributor at TGC, she is promoted in TGC as an upcoming speaker at TGC Women’s Training Network conference. The Women’s Training Network is The Gospel Coalition’s attempt to undermine Biblical Complementarianism.”

(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen)  A Gospel Coalition writer and conference speaker has come out in full support of gay marriage at a Cru Conference of college students. She is scheduled to speak at another TGC Conference in September and is a part of TGC Women’s Training Network.

Cru, which serendipitously took Christ out of their name as part of a 2012 re-branding effort, is spreading the Social Gospel to college students instead of the real Gospel and is promoting pro-sodomy sentiments instead of doing evangelism.

Reformation Charlotte wrote about aspects of this in yesterday’s post, Campus Crusade for Christ Teaching Kids that It’s Okay to Be Gay.

The tweet is actually a quotation from Rachel Gilson. Gilson, Reformation Charlotte failed to mention (they’re busy) is a contributor to The Gospel Coalition. We wrote about Gilson in a 2018 post entitled The Gospel Coalition Says Church Should Be ‘Safe Space’ for Homosexuals. In that article for TGC, Gilson demanded that church prioritize the comfort of gays in the church (over their spiritual conviction).  View article →


The Gospel Coalition

Progressive Christianity

via Gospel Coalition Writer/Speaker Comes Out in Full Support of Gay Marriage — Christian Research Network

Oops! MSNBC Post-Debate Poll Finds Only Around 27% of Voters Support Their Open Borders, ‘Free’ Healthcare, Reparations Agenda — The Gateway Pundit

MSNBC asked voters on Tuesday after the first CNN Democratic Presidential Debate what they thought about the Democrat platform for 2020.

What they found was that a VAST MAJORITY of Americans reject their insanity.

Only around 27% of Americans agree with Democrats on:

** Medicare for all (41%)
** Decriminalizing border crossings — Open Borders (27%)
** Free healthcare for illegals (33%)
** Reparations (27%)

Thank God.
Americans are not buying their crazy positions.

What a freak show.

via Oops! MSNBC Post-Debate Poll Finds Only Around 27% of Voters Support Their Open Borders, ‘Free’ Healthcare, Reparations Agenda — The Gateway Pundit