The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected. ~Proverbs 29:25
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 CSB http://bible.com/1713/2pe.3.9.CSB
What a wonderful, encouraging verse. When we think God is taking His sweet time, He is, for our good.
He is patient with us to keep us from perishing. What a wonderful love, to put up with us in our wrongheaded ways, our refusal to repent and still He waits.
Have you ever felt that the thing you wanted most in the world was for someone, anyone to just love you? The real you? So you try to gain love and acceptance by putting up a facade, wearing your fake self proudly so that people will love you? I have.
In “The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you,“ that way of thinking is exposed for what it really is, a self-defeating, feedback loop which does nothing but push us farther away from others and from God. Continue reading
One of the most difficult things I think we have to do as Christians is balance the command to correct fellow believers (Matthew 18:15-17) with the command not to judge incorrectly (Matthew 7:1-3). When I read this passage from James it shows how serious this balance is.
When we step out of bounds, we move from correcting a fellow believer out of love and into a position of correcting God. He is the Lawgiver and if we’re judging the law, that puts us in a position of determining whether or not His work meets our standards instead of whether we meet His. Now I don’t know about you, but that’s not a statement I care to make to the Creator.
God, I would apply your law here but it comes up a tad short.
In essence don’t we say that when we move beyond God’s Word? I mean, He left a canon of scripture for us. Is it good enough as it is? If you believe in it, be livin’ it.
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1 John 3:18
Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.
This video is decades old but full of truth!
If you claim to be a Christian, are you living it out? Are you walking as Jesus walked?
For years I claimed to be a Christian and failed miserably to walk like he walked. I didn’t even really know how he walked because I didn’t read God’s Word. I relied on others to tell me what it said. I think many today are like I was. Don’t take my word for what God wants of you. Don’t take your local churches word for it. Take God’s Word for it.
One of the great achievements of the last hundred years has been to deaden the human conscience on that subject [gluttony], so that by now you will hardly hear a sermon preached or a conscience troubled by it…
So sad and true. It hasn’t really improved in the 75 years since C. S. Lewis shared Screwtape’s letters with us either.
Some of the hardest hitting Bible studies/devotionals I read on The Bible App are from Francis Chan. Today, after describing some of the “terrible” things done in the Bible, Chan goes on to say:
The fact is, Scripture is filled with divine actions that don’t fit our human standards of logic or morality. But they don’t need to, because we are the clay and He is the Potter. We need to stop trying to domesticate God and confine Him to tidy categories and compartments that reflect our human sentiments rather than His inexplicable ways.
I wonder if we think we know better than God out of our arrogance, ignorance, or some terrible combination of both. What a wonderful difference would be made in people’s lives if we could stop having such small faith and trust our big God.