On what basis can I ask for God’s help? Does some condition exist, before I can go to him to request help?
May your hand help me,
for I choose to obey your precepts.
Psalm 119.173 NET
“I choose.” The decision is individual. In the end, it doesn’t matter what others do. I hope they’ll also choose to obey God’s precepts. But their decision doesn’t determine mine. Mine has been made and won’t change. Continue reading
We hurry to leave the job in order to take advantage of our personal time, to enjoy holidays and vacations, and to rest on the weekend.
We hurry to take advantage of sales in the stores, to avoid heavy traffic in rush hour, to carry out the trash when we hear the truck arriving. Continue reading
READ: “You have purified your souls by obeying the truth” 1 Pet 1.22.
THINK: Obeying the truth is the same as obeying the Lord Jesus, Mt 7.21. This truth is revealed in Scripture. Obedience purifies the soul from sin, which means redemption, Eph 1.7. Eternal salvation is for those who obey Jesus, Heb 5.9. Faith without obedience is useless for justification, Jas 2.14-26. Continue reading
An evangelical tweet, made today, one Sinclair Ferguson who declares that “When we consider legalism, we are considering the ultimate pastoral problem of all.” Continue reading
Some combinations of words surprise us. We have been trained not to associate them together. When we see them in Scripture, they are deserving of special study. This verse holds such a combination. Continue reading
To God belong the victor’s song
And strength of arm and eye;
The work and will for vale and hill
Come from a Throne on high. Continue reading
- I had intended to participate in NaPoWriMo this month. Day 1 passed me by without notice. Perhaps it’s best I don’t try it this year, since we’ll travel to the US later this month. I’ll still write some poetry, however, if not every day. Point: You can’t do it all; choose wisely.
- Last night I lost my ride to the men’s event for this morning. I speak on Saturday. Considering options. Point: You always have options.
- Read here this short piece I wrote about being flexible. I’m still learning. Point: Don’t let a wrench in plans discourage you; it’s life.
- Plans without work are pipe dreams. So says Pro 13.4. Key word is “diligent.” Something I need to hear often. (Chapter 13 was in my Bible reading this morning.) Point: Get busy.
- When King David is about to die, the first thing he tells his son Solomon is to obey God. “Now, carefully obey all the commands of the Lord your God. Carefully obey all his laws, commands, decisions, and agreements. Obey everything that is written in the Law of Moses. If you do this, you will be successful at whatever you do and wherever you go” 1 Kgs 2.3 ERV. Good deathbed advice. Good advice any time. Point: Obey God — what is lacking in your obedience?
- The apostle Paul joins humility and tears in Ac 20.18-21. He stays on course to preach the Good News of the grace of God. He does not veer away from opposition. His pride doesn’t seek to preserve his life. Is this why it’s hard to be humble? Point: Humility is akin to courage.
- Servants can get lax in their service. Maybe they count themselves privileged and think they can get lazy or have a right to do things forbidden to others. Adab and Abihu found out differently. Obedience means showing respect for holy things. See Lev 22. “Remember my commands, and obey them. I am the Lord. Show respect for my holy name” v. 31-32a. Point: Fear God.
What action points have you noted lately? I’d love to hear them. Share them below.
Some people dislike living by rules. Laws cause them to chafe. They prefer to act by impulse.
Others like rules, but of their own making. Still others latch on to the first authority who will tell them what to believe and what rules to follow. Continue reading
In any area of endeavor, basic principles apply. For example, a successful basketball player has to learn to bounce the ball, make a pass, make a basket, defend an opponent. A carpenter has to learn to drive a nail. Continue reading
Anybody up for a beautiful concert? God described the disobedient Israelites in terms of a music show. Continue reading