Thursday, June 1, 2017
Pride is the root or essence of all sin. Satan said, “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). Pride is self-orientation, contrary to character of God. The essence of the “pride of life” (1 John 2:16) is anything that exalts itself above God’s intended purpose and function for our lives. Pride offers the illusion of God-like qualities, wherein we boast in arrogance and worldly wisdom. Every person has developed patterns of pride i.e. flesh patterns. Eve wanted to be “like God” in her knowledge, and was not content to live dependent and derivative on Christ. The antidote to pride is humility. "God gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God" (James 4:6).
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
To few Christians are converted. Many have given mental assent to doctrinal truths about God but are not allowing for the conversion of their mind, emotions, will and behavior, choosing rather to live in the delusion of humanistic independent thinking of being in control. A Christian being converted, walks by faith, allowing the "spiritual exchange" that they have received in Christ, to convert them from the dominion of Satan to God" (Acts 26:18).
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Everyone has strong beliefs about an assortment of subjects, not limited to politics, education, religion, marriage, family, life, death and God. When it comes to God people say with confidence that they believe in God or that they don’t and that their beliefs are spot-on. We all live based on what we believe to be true making important decisions every day that affect our lives and fortunes. Many believe themselves to be Christian based on the belief that they are forgiven of their sins and on their way to Heaven because of what they deem as true. It is vitally important that our beliefs for making these “life and death” matters of Heaven or Hell be founded on the truth of what God has revealed. It is important to ask ourselves the question, “Is believing the right doctrine enough to secure our future in heaven or anything for that matter? And where does faith come in? Is faith the same as belief? If not, what is the difference? Are your beliefs worthy of your faith? Let’s take a look at these words and see if they are saying the same thing.