Daily Archives: October 17, 2019

October 17 Hearing and Obeying

Scripture Reading: Psalm 92:12–14

Key Verse: Psalm 92:12

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,

He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

When we are given an assignment and it turns out wonderfully, but it isn’t what the person assigning us the task communicated for us to do, is that success? In the world around us, there are many people who appear to be successful by man’s standards—fame, wealth, riches—but by God’s standards are complete failures. They missed the mark. They aren’t becoming what He intended for them to become.

If our desire in life is to obtain godly success, we must first get our assignment straight: What is God’s will for our lives? God’s will for everyone is to know Him and to develop a personal, intimate relationship with Him while becoming what He created each person to become. However, how that looks specifically in each person’s life varies.

For David, it meant growing in his relationship with God through the trials and struggles of becoming king of Israel. For Jonathan, it meant growing in his relationship with God through the tremendous sacrifice of yielding the throne to David. Godly success looked different in both these men’s lives, yet they both achieved it by following God’s will.

We establish ourselves as men and women of God if we are willing to hear and obey His will for our lives. It is the only way we can have true, godly success in our lives. It is the only way to measure success—are we doing what He has asked?

Father, establish me as a person who is willing to hear and obey Your will. Let me measure my success by doing what You have asked.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 304). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 17 Lifting the Level of Your Praying

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:15–23

Key Verse: James 4:2

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

Doctor R. A. Torrey caught the crowd before him off guard as he quoted James 4:2: “You do not have because you do not ask.” He went on to explain,

These words contain the secret of the poverty and powerlessness of the average Christian, of the average minister, and of the average church …

Many wonder why do I have so little victory over sin? Why do I win so few souls to Christ? Why do I grow so slowly into the likeness of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? And God answers … “Neglect of prayer. You have not, because you ask not.” …

Prayer has as much power today, when men and women are themselves on praying ground and meeting the conditions of prevailing prayer, as it ever has had. God has not changed, and His ear is just as quick to hear the voice of real prayer and His hand is just as long and strong to save as they ever were.

When you pray, ask God to reveal His will for your life and the situation you are facing. Don’t just get caught up in praying for material gain. God provides where there is a need. His greatest desire is for you to learn to trust Him in prayer.

Torrey’s admonishment is valid, and the only way to receive the blessings of Christ is to get to know the God of all peace and comfort. Lift the level of your praying, and you will see the evidence of His hand over your life.

Lift the level of my praying, Lord. Reveal Your will for my life and circumstances, then help me obediently follow the pathway You have chosen for me.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 304). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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October 17 How to Seek the Lord

Scripture reading: Isaiah 55:6–9

Key verse: Deuteronomy 4:29

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Here are some practical helps for seeking the Lord:

Seek God out of your need but be willing to accept His solution. Many of the psalms are the heart cries of God’s people in deep distress. Their persecution, loneliness, anxiety, fears, and troubles have led them to a point of desperation. God often uses extremity to press you to Himself. You seek Him because you are in arduous straits.

Be careful not to seek the quick or easy way out of your dilemma. That would lessen your pain, but it may not be God’s way of escape. Don’t let the urgency of your need obscure God’s wise and loving answer.

Seek counsel from others. Seeking God first and foremost is about knowing who He is. However, realize that He frequently reveals Himself through the counsel of others. When you seek God, you are receptive to the means He chooses to help and comfort you, including the loving touch of a friend, pastor, or counselor. Be alert to His leadership as you read Christian material and converse with other believers.

Try fasting as part of the seeking process. Fasting can be helpful on occasions, especially when your need is crucial. Skip a meal or two—or more as God directs—and you will find your focus on Christ even sharper. Fasting indicates you mean serious business with God.

Dear Lord, help me realize that extremity presses me closer to You. Help me not to seek an easy, quick way out of my problem. Don’t let the urgency of my need obscure Your plan.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 304). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Project Veritas: CNN Staff Demoralized by Conflict-Driven Ratings Bait, ‘We’re Totally Left-Leaning’ | Breitbart News

Project Veritas released undercover video Thursday that shows CNN staffers demoralized by the network’s focus on conflict and acknowledging it has a political bias in the Trump era.

“CNN says they want to portray the contrast, but really, it’s partly because you want conflict, nobody wants to hear one-minute canned statements,” CNN media coordinator Christian Sierra is heard saying, before adding, “create clinks, get more money.”

In the following scene, CNN field operations manager Patrick Davis laments about the network’s approach to coverage and concedes it has a left-wing bias.

“All they gotta do is take an anchor, and put him at the desk, and tell the news,” says Davis. We’re so busy trying to get appointment viewership.”

“We don’t, even though we’re totally left-leaning, we don’t want to admit it,” he continues.

“We could be so much better than what we are,” Davis adds. “You learn it in journalism school, we’re supposed to be middle of the road, that’s our job. Now it’s just infotainment is all its become.”

Davis then goes on to criticize CNN’s morning editors’ call, led by president Jeff Zucker, saying he refuses to listen to them because they’re “bullshit.”

“I haven’t listened to a 9 a.m. call in about 15 years,” he says. “I can’t listen to it. It’s all bullshit. It’s all a bunch of bullshit.”

During another part of the undercover video, CNN field production supervisor Gerald Sisnette is heard complaining about the degree to which the network covers President Trump and his administration, and expresses hope that the president will die soon so it can cover other topics.

“This is a story that’s not gonna go away,” explains Sisnette. “Trump in general, the only way this story goes away is when he dies, hopefully soon.”

Thursday video is part of an ongoing series by Project Veritas in which the group will release undercover footage from inside CNN aimed at further revealing the news network’s partisan slant. Monday’s video showed a CNN media coordinator saying  Zucker has a “personal vendetta” against President Trump, while Tuesday’s clip showed CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Perez privately admitting Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings “smells bad.”

Source: Project Veritas: CNN Staff Demoralized by Conflict-Driven Ratings Bait, ‘We’re Totally Left-Leaning’

Justin Peters Calls Out Matt Chandler and Beth Moore at John MacArthur’s Truth Matters Conference — Reformation Charlotte

Justin Peters is one of the foremost apologists for cessationism in the Evangelical Church and he is a strong opponent of the continuation of the spiritual gifts.

Continuationism is a heresy that is rooted in the 2nd-century heresy known as Montanism that promoted the continuation of the apostolic sign gifts — namely prophecy. The heresy was condemned by the early Church yet has been revived in modern charismaticism primarily through Pentecostals.

However, mainstream Evangelicals — like Beth Moore and Matt Chandler — have embraced this heresy and even promote it in the Church. The movement is an absolute denial of the sufficiency of Scripture and should be opposed by every Bible-believing Christian.

See the video below beginning at about 6:20:30 mark.

via Justin Peters Calls Out Matt Chandler and Beth Moore at John MacArthur’s Truth Matters Conference — Reformation Charlotte

Who’s Worse: Beth Moore or Paula White? — Pulpit & Pen

As conservative evangelical leaders (rightfully) took a beating this week for endorsing a book by Prosperity Gospel teacher, Paula White, they did so largely because of the pushback given them by people who promote Popularity Gospel teacher, Beth Moore. This should lead us to the question, which one is worse?

Paula White teaches the false Prosperity Gospel, while Beth Moore teaches the Popularity Gospel (Social Gospel).

Paula White teaches Jesus died to make you rich, Beth Moore teaches that Jesus died to make you politically correct.

Paula White is a charismatic who claims to hear directly from God. Beth Moore is a charismatic who claims to hear directly from God.

Paula White is an egalitarian who believes women should preach. Beth Moore is an egalitarian who believes women should preach.

Paula White wears enough make-up to paint the White House. Beth Moore wears enough make-up to paint the White House.

Other than Paula White’s notorious affair with Benny Hinn (granted, that’s pretty bad) it seems that White and Beth Moore are squarely tied for being bad Bible teachers.

The only difference between White and Moore in terms of theology is that Moore is on the right side of the political aisle, which happens to be the left side.

I actually pondered in an episode back in July as to who was worse, Paula White or Beth Moore. You can listen to that throwback episode below.

via Who’s Worse: Beth Moore or Paula White? — Pulpit & Pen

Try Denying God’s Existence After Watching This! | Living Waters

Joe is a typical man. He doesn’t think much about the incredible creation that surrounds him, let alone the unspeakably incredible Creator who created him. Even though God gave him life, if you asked Joe if God had ever done anything for him, he probably couldn’t think of one thing. Each sunrise just reveals another average day for Joe Average. Well…not quite. There is nothing “average” about Joe or what he does each day. You will be delighted and encouraged by this video, because it will make you see everything in a miraculous new light.

Enjoy this full episode of the Way of the Master television show: Season 3, Episode 29: Joe Average. Check out our brand-new Season 5 of Way of the Master HERE.

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Source: Try Denying God’s Existence After Watching This!

Conservative Baptist Leaders Remove Tweets Endorsing Paula White’s Book — Pulpit & Pen

Paula White, a spiritual advisor to Donald Trump, is a prosperity preacher whose recent book was endorsed – and then unendorsed – by conservative Baptist leaders

After widespread outrage for tweeting endorsements for Paula White’s new book, a number of prominent conservative Christian leaders deleted their tweets.

Among the outraged were primarily progressive evangelicals who venerate other heretics, like Martin Luther King and James Cone. These leftists had an ax to grind with White, who serves as Trump’s spiritual adviser. However, conservatives were also annoyed by the men endorsing a prosperity teacher and NAR prophet, as you can see at Reformation Charlotte. Julie Roys, typically a fair and impartial Christian journalist, also made note of the travesty in her article, Leading Evangelicals Endorse Prosperity Preacher Paula White’s New Book.

Roys is, hands-down, one of the most effective investigative reporters in Christian journalism. Her article seems to have packed a punch, as her reporting usually does.

Roys reports…

Both Greg Laurie and Franklin Graham have removed their tweets endorsing White’s book.  I reached out to everyone except Laurie for comment. (Laurie removed his post before I had the chance to do that.) Graham’s press person responded that he is not available for comment. Jeffress called me today and I will be posting his response on Thursday. The others have not yet responded.

Pulpit & Pen is pleased that these men responded (so far) appropriately by deleting their endorsements of White’s book. They should follow-up and explain what, in particular, is troublesome about her theology so as to warn others and not be content with silence.

One day, progressives will care about heresy when it’s committed by someone other than a Trump adviser. In the meantime, sincere and honest contenders for the truth should be concerned when it comes from the right or the left.

Now that we’ve considered the heresies of Paula White, let’s all move on now to Beth Moore.

via Conservative Baptist Leaders Remove Tweets Endorsing Paula White’s Book — Pulpit & Pen