Thursday, September 23, 2010

How not to mix version.01

Here's a scripture to chew on: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart(NASB). Hebrews 4:12

Why do we continue to mix Christianity and things of the world? The above verse clearly states that the Word of God is the only effective things that brings conviction. Clips of movies, magazine articles, politics, and little stories and remedies. All these and more to try and get God's Word across in sermons. In changing the "method" we have somewhere changed the message I'm afraid. Paul, who wrote have of the New Testament didn't have to do this. He went in full of the Holy Spirit and preached the gospel...wait, did you here what I said "full of the Holy Spirit". It is the Spirit who reveals to us wisdom and truth of His Word. So why do we have to use worldly methods to appeal to people the gospel in today's mainstream churches? Maybe it's because they don't understand the things of the Spirit and if that's the case, what does it mean?

Try this verse on for size: But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (NASB). 1 Corinthians 2:14.

So what am I saying? Well the interpretation of God's Word is not for worldly men. So watered down versions of the Bible and worldly stories things have to be used to try and get "worldy seekers" to understand God's Word. That's a good idea. Maybe we can convert them in the process, but there is one problem...what is that you say?

15) Do not love the world nor the things in the world If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world (NASB).
1 John 2:15-17

Separation or bust,
David Stapp

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Who or what is your dictator?

Over the course of a day there a lot of things and people demand our time. I could go as far as to say there is someone or something that dictates us daily. Dictating tells us what we are to do and not to do. For example: I think about some folks I work with and as soon as they get off work...they crack open a "cold one." Discussing it, they have to have a cold one to survive. The drink dictates to them what to do. Also what about gossiping? As soon as we hear some juicy news on someone else...that voice dictates us to jump on in and join them. Am I RIGHT or WRONG folks? More than we think dictates our actions, reactions, or thoughts. This is what we call being a slave to something...Aldolph Hitler was a dictator and the jews were slaves. He dictated to them and kept them in bondage.

Paul asked in Romans 6:16 this question: "Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? "

We do have a command who to be slaves to. Why would I want to let sin dictate me if it leads to death? Look at where the dictating of Hitler got the Jews. Imagine being judged, blind and dispicable, before a Holy God because of sins dictation. This command was a few verses above vs 12: "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts." Now verse 18 says this: "and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness." That sounds much better. It sounds more like something I desire to do rather be dictated. Because let's face it...when you hear where that leads, it is no longer a command, but a willingness.

So, does sin tell me what to do? At times it does, but I strive daily to be a slave to Christ because He alone is righteous!

Dictated by something
David Stapp

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Accessorize properly!

I saw a tag on the front of a car that said "got Jesus?" It was in was in question form of course like the commercial got milk? My first instinct was to answer that question in my mind and say "why, sure I do!" I thought about it for a moment and there are many people who are not even saved that would come up with the same response. Now how in the world could that be?
A verse came to mind is 1 John 2:23 which says this: whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

This statement is more than just a confession by mouth. It is a confession of our everyday life. There is a regenerative righteousness that comes when God's grace is applied to us.
Romans 5:21 says: so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We go through life and base the "quality" of it on our possessions. People tack on Jesus as an accessory or a bobble head doll. Well that is not Jesus the Son of God. That is idolatry. For example: I have a nice house, I have a nice car, I have great kids, and a great wife. I know I need to go to church and get "a little bit of Jesus" in my life. I will go to church once a week and that will give me enough to assure me of salvation. Ok so this scenario is the fruit a lot of people produce.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:16: "by their fruits you will know them." So the saying you can't judge a book by it's cover can be throwed in the trash.

Guess what, people have all this stuff and they think they will add Jesus to their life just for safe keeping. By no means is the Word of God, and the commandments of Christ ever exhibited but they are "proclaimed Christians" by word of mouth only. Of course that is a whole new subject. Those very things we possess will only bury us in hell if Jesus is not the most important one in our lives. So in conclusion: without Christ then we have nothing, and with Christ we have everything...regardless of any possessions or relationships. Of course it is safe to say that I do have Jesus because He alone has done a mighty work in life and restored to original relationship with God.

Christ-likeness is the only fruit I desire to bear.
David Stapp

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How far are we going to get away from God's Word?

A friend and brother in Christ showed me something yesterday. He printed off and article that was posted on Yahoo. Here is the link for those interested in reading crap. (Copy and paste) http://tiny.cc/x8d7d. Let me start by confronting the title by personal experience. I don't know about you, but my dad gave me my fair share of "whoopings". He went through a few belts and tree limbs. As I think about it now, that type of discipline is Biblical.

Proverbs 13:24 says "He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently." (NASB)

If we with hold the whoopings then we hate our children according to the Bible. Is this society trying to tell me to hate my children. How can you show true love without discipline and leading them the right direction? Those whoopings didn't seem to make me an agressive, out of control person. They seemed to have taught me respect, responsibility, and brought to the house of God. The Bible also addresses the fathers in this situation.

1 Corinthians 16:13 says "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Act like men and be strong it says. When is America's dads going to stand up and be men? We are not called to be little punks who have kids and then neglect our duty to train our children in a Godly way. GROW UP! If we don't follow God's commands then how in the world can we ever expect our kids to do the same? All this goes along with spanking. We are to lead by a Biblical example, then our kids will follow suit. God's commands are our commands and then they should become our childrens commands as well.

Commanded to teach my kids the commands of God by lifestyle!
David Stapp

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Acceptable Lifestyle according to...

???? Where do I start? I hear this and I hear that about the way a Christian is supposed to be. I dig in my Bible and ask Father God, "what is Your Will"? God begins to show me things that I never would have even thought of had it not been for Him showing them to me in His ultimate wisdom. So here it goes...what is a Christian to look like? Of course the obvious answer is like Christ. What a simple jump to conclusion we have just made. I could end this blog right here, BUT it doesn't end here. How do I become like Christ? Jesus made a challenging statement in Matthew chapter 5.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48

Well, well, well. How in the world do I become perfect? First and foremost God has declared us righteous because of Christ's sacrifice. He has not made us righteous yet. We still live in a sinful body and still deal the sinful desires at times. But Jesus said "be perfect". What does this mean. I have beat my head against the wall and finally I asked God what it takes to do it. He began to show me and is continuing to do so. To claim Christianity and half-heartedly live it, I believe is blasphemy and disgraces Him. Jesus didn't give His life so we could add Him as an attachment or accessory to our life. He becomes our life daily until we meet Him. This is a life long process of growing in holiness. We do this through His strength. If you were to follow me around with a still shot camera, you could point out some things that were disobedient. If you were to follow me around with a movie camera then you would see that my obedience outweighs my disobedience. I am being honest. I am not perfect by any means but Jesus does challenge me to be.

When doing God's Will and His Kingdom are the the first things on my mind then my first impression is to seek His Will. Jesus prayed "not My Will, but Your Will."
This is one of the first few "steps" God has shown me that it takes to strive for His perfection!

Not perfect yet,
David Stapp

Monday, February 15, 2010

A brother in the Lord!

Here is a new blog site from my brother and friend Josh Stewart. God is leading him to help others with what he has learned. Here is the site to his blog.

http://joshdstewart.blogspot.com/