Seeing the signs of God and still not believing.

Can a man see signs from God and yet not believe in him? In Numbers 14:11 the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?" Understand the question that God proposes to Moses, he is asking despite seeing all the signs that God has performed in the sight of Israel, how long will it be before they do not hold God in contempt? And how long will it be before they trust him? These are rhetorical questions of course but good questions. What signs is God speaking of? He is going back to Egypt. This people witnessed all the plagues he performed and yet somehow, still showed defiance and still lacked belief.

    It leads me to this conclusion, a man can see the signs of God and yet still have no basis for conviction. If you were to examine Numbers 14 you would see a people who witnessed the power of God in Egypt and yet still complained and still rebelled (Num. 14:9). …

Not Everyone Who Hears The Word of God Will Understand It.

"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart." - Matt. 13:19

I have had the opportunity to be a part of the discussion among pastors as to why people stop pursuing Jesus. Why individuals come to hear the gospel, maybe even attend Church a while, but eventually fall away. For me, Jesus described that best in the parable of the sower in Matt. 13:3-9. He explains that parable a little later in the chapter. 
    As I understand Jesus, one of the reasons people come to hear the word of the kingdom yet never really pursue Christ is a lack of understanding. Now this is not a Jewish problem. Jesus uses the word 'anyone' when he explains this. Meaning this is not isolated to race, gender or geography; this goes for anyone. Anyone can hear, listen to or pay attention to the word of the kingdom and not understand. 
   What is the word of the kingdom? The word of the kingdom refers to …

Abiding In The Word Of Christ Liberates Us From Sin.

"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:31,32

By abiding in the word's of Jesus, I come to know the truth, and the truth I come to understand regarding Jesus, is what sets me free from sin. That is what Jesus teaches. If this is the case, does believing alone establish me being free from the bondage of sin? My answer is no. If it were, Jesus would have said something like this to the believing Jews, "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, 'You are truly my disciples, you know the truth, and that truth has set you free". If Jesus had said that, he would link being set free from sin to believing in him.
   That is not what Jesus said. Those five words, 'If you abide in my word', are so critical. Jesus teaches instead that believing + abiding in his word + knowing the truth about him = being set free from s…

Abiding In The Word of Christ Helps Us To Know Him.

"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:31,32

To be a disciple of Christ, I cannot only believe in Jesus, I must abide in the word of Jesus. And If we remain in the teachings of Jesus we shall come to know, perceive or recognize what is true. That is what Jesus' intention was when he looked at these believing Jews and said, "If you abide in my will know the truth". 
    What truth is Jesus is talking about? The truth Jesus is referring to is not merely an idea but a reality. It is a reality regarding his divinity. Essentially, we have a picture of Jesus looking at these believing Jews and saying, "You believe me but if you want to know me, stay in my teaching". That is just a paraphrase. Jesus is teaching them and us that if we want to know the truth regarding him, we must remain students of his teachin…

Abiding In The Word of Christ Makes You A Disciple.

"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:31,32
     To be a disciple of Christ is more than believing in him. If it were not so, Jesus would have never said what he did here to a group of believing Jews. Understand these words were not said to just anyone. They were directed towards Jews who believed Jesus. They believed that Jesus is the 'light of the world' and anyone who follows him will have the 'light of life' (John 8:12). If this text was directed towards believing Jews, that also means it was not directed to non-believing Jews. What is it that Christ directed towards them?
     Jesus' first five words in this statement are critical. You take these words out and it changes the entire meaning. His first five words to the believing Jews are these, "If you abide in my word". I want to highlight or emphasiz…

Why Should We Give Thanks To The LORD?

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever." - Ps. 136:1
   I am not sure about you but when I pray I do not spend enough time thanking God.  But notice the psalmist's opening words, 'Give thanks to the LORD'. To give can mean to present a voluntary gift or place something in someone's care or grant permission, but here it means to impart or communicate. The implication here is to make known; to tell; to disclose something with your mouth. To give your thoughts and your feelings through a form of communication whether that is written or in verbal form.
   What are we to give to the Lord? The Psalmist writes we should give 'thanks'. Thanks is a form of expression. A feeling you put into words. An expression of gratitude, and expression of appreciation or just acknowledging a benefit. So then, we are to communicate to God, make known to God, disclose to God our gratitude and appreciation. When is the last time you j…

Why Was Jesus Born When He Was And How?

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." - Galatians 4:4,5
    This is the most powerful verse to me that explains the 'why' to the question, 'Why was Jesus born?' There are many answer's Scripturally to this question but for me, again for me, this is the most powerful. In this blog I would like to answer at least three questions. I have formed seven out of these two verses but for the sake of your reading pleasure and time, I am going to answer only three. What are they: 1. Why was Jesus born when he was? 2. How was Jesus born of a virgin? 3. Can you be a Christian and deny the virgin birth? 
     Ever wonder why God sent Christ into the world when he did? If God knew you and I were going to need saving, and need a Savior, why not just let Christ die in the beginning? God sent Jesus Christ into the world when th…

Benefits From God's Word.

"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth" - Psalm 119:103
    I love the Word of God! I resonate with the psalmist when he states Ps. 119:103. The Word of God is delicious, luscious and sweetened like a honeycomb! Some of the best time of my day is when I can sit, open my Bible and read and pray. I keep a journal as I read to gather my thoughts and record what God's word is speaking. Good times!
   As I read this morning this delightful psalm, I was turned on to just how much God's word helps us. The benefits of His word are essential to mine and anyone's being. I am sure there are more, but I point out 14 benefits from God's word. Again I am sure there are many more but these are the ones that stuck out to me as I read: My ways can be free from contamination by keeping God's word as a guardian to my heart."How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word." - 119:9His word keeps me from sin…

Why The Law?

"Why then the law? It was added because of our transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary." - Galatians 3:19

I like to ask the Bible questions such as why, how or who or what. For me, it takes to a deeper since of understanding. There is nothing wrong with asking God a question to come to a  better since of reason. And we do so by diving in His word. Paul begins this verse the same, asking a question. He asks, 'Why then the law'? He is seeking to discover the reason, the cause and the purpose to the law. Why does it exist? What reason is there for it? For what cause does the law exist? I learned sometime ago asking why is the most important question.
    What law is Paul speaking of? He is referencing Scripture with emphasis on the first five books of the Bible. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy. Now when I say Scripture it is not O.T. and N.T., instea…

Righteous In An Unrighteous Generation

"Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God." - Genesis 6:9
Noah lived in a generation where God saw that man was evil. Even to the point that God had come to regret having ever made mankind (Genesis 6). What made Noah so different? Notice the last four words of this text, "Noah walked with God". Noah was righteous and he was blameless but what made him that way? It was his relationship with the Father. He walked with God when no one else in that generation did. And out of his intimate relationship with God came righteousness and blamelessness. 
    What does Moses mean when he says Noah was righteous? It means that Noah was obedient. He was obedient to the One he chose to walk throughout his life with. Three times do we read in Genesis 6 & 7 that, "Noah did this, he did all that God commanded him." Is that not what righteousness is? To be obedient to the commands of God. Following all the commands God has given. It was…