Thursday, August 25, 2005
This week is the first time this year I have felt the effects of this fever I always get. I remember the first time it effected me. It was in 1972, I was 12 years old and have come down with this every year since then... 33 years to be exact. So please don't get near me if you don't want to catch this. If you get near me you may be infected for life or you may get deathly sick of it for a moment. I don't know the medical term for this but I do know the remedy. My first relief and freedom comes when I see those Boomer Sooners play their first game. Come on fever!
Monday, August 22, 2005
Higher learning or spiritual training?
Matthew 11: 25,26
25At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
26"Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
I think alot of the Pharisees and scribes during Jesus ministry couldn't believe who He was and what He was trying to teach them because their "higher learning" had blinded them. It is hilarious and sad at the same time how the Lord has to straighten us out when we give more devotion to the law and what not to do than to the God who wrote the law and loves us more than we can ever comprehend. I think about the scribes who were trying to figure out a way to discredit Christ when He healed the man on the Sabbath that was born blind. After all their questioning and disproving, even bringing his parents in, the man said: I don't know if He (Jesus) is a sinner or not, all I know is that I was blind and now I see. What a simple answer to those who thought they knew it all.
Let me say this. Higher education and seminary schools are great and useful to those who can learn with humility and know that all men, even teachers, are still human and have a bent to stray away from the grace of God. But I think some have fallen into the trap of knowing in their mind all about the scriptures, doctrines, church history, calvinism, arminiaism, etc.. and have forgotten about living life by faith in God Himself and living in the presence of the unconditional love of God in Christ. Its easy to do, I have done it myself.
I think I can help a person figure out if they have fallen or are falling into this trap: If you want to constantly pick apart things that people write or their opinions or are looking at different ministries to find something "unscriptural" to debate over because you think you know the truth because of your learning then lookout you may be in danger, like I said I was trapped in this and still find myself straying away from grace all the time, but God still loves me and He loves you to, just admit (confess) it and start living under grace again. There are several preachers and ministries out there that I think are wrong in their teachings about eternal security and spiritual gifts and some have wrong motives for preaching, but you know what, most keep the weighter matters of the law by loving one another and helping the poor and needy. But like Paul said, at least Christ is being preached and Jesus told the disciples to leave those alone who were casting out demons in His name because those that are for us will not easily be against us. God knows more about whats going on and who is going to be saved than I do. Now if I come across someone who is trying to add to the gospel or preach another gospel then my weakness will show and I will end up doing some ranting about it.
Higher learning or spiritual training? Higher education and knowing all the doctrines of the Bible is just a sounding gong or cymbal without love and God is love. I think we get spiritual training by letting the love of God be poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and this only happens when we come as children not as wise & learned to listen to our God. I don't think the 12 apostles had alot of higher education, maybe thats why Jesus chose fishermen over the many scribes around.
Anyway go to kc's blog and read about his salvation. Matt said it was so simple even an average joe may understand it. Its what inspired me to go ahead and post whats been on my mind here. here is the link http://justsoyouallknow.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
What do you think?
How can you tell what is coming from a persons conscience or the Holy Spirit?