Thursday, April 28, 2011

God's Word = Good prayers

I was listening to a radio station last night and the speaker was using this verse Proverbs 28:9 which says: He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. I got to thinking about this. How important is the Bible to me and how much do I implement it into my daily life? I read God's Word daily and take time to meditate on it. I know the importance of it because it contains the good news that brought salvation to me.

The word law is another word for the Bible. Do we read the Bible daily. I mean if it is as important as we say it is then we should. Maybe we just open it up on Sunday for church service.

Ever wondered why God isn't answering our prayers. I know I have. Ever seemed to go through a sort of "dry spell" in which you have drifted from God? Wonder why that is? Maybe it's because we haven't spend time seeing what God really desires for us and in turn pray selfish prayers.

Remember that Jesus says in John 15:5 says: "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."
Also John 1:1 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So we see that Jesus is The Word and if we don't abide in the The Word then our prayers our detestable to Him.

David Stapp

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I need to repent daily.

Look at the man depicted in the picture. Do you ever feel this way? I feel this way at times when I fail my Lord Jesus Christ. Why do I keep thinking about my failures and feeling so bad about them. If I didn't them I would not be a child if God. That is conviction that only the Holy Spirit can bring upon me. A specific passage of scripture comes to mind when I obey the lust of the flesh rather than my Father in heaven.
Hebrews 6:4-6 says 4)For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5)and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6)and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance,
since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

What a scary and fearful thought. When giving into sin. I am walking a thin line. If I continue to do so then it seems I am trampling on the blood of Christ which was shed for the sin I slip in to.
Hebrews 10:29 says "How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

I do not want to trample carelessly or insult the Holy Spirit's grace by quenching it. So repentance is necessary for me often. I am reminded of this because of Romans 2:4 which says "Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?" I thank God for His grace by sending conviction upon me and giving me an opportunity to change.

David Stapp

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Is begging really Biblical?

I was "raised in church" (whatever that means). I have sat through many invitations in my life. Most of them had one thing in common. Let me say this first; I believe that the Holy Spirit can convict anyway and at anytime since that is how men are drawn to the Father. Ok now, the "response" of the gospel that was preached seemed to pose a "begging" type of characteristic. Now that statement may get me frowned upon, but that is the sense I got. Do you understand what I mean? It goes a little something like this: "Come to Jesus, I plead of you. Jesus is waiting. Will you please respond to Him now?"

Now it may not be word for word, but you get the picture. Now from studying scripture I find nowhere that anyone begged anybody to respond to preaching the gospel. Actually it seems to be the opposite.

Here's a verse that shows what I mean, Acts 17:30: And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.

Wait, that says COMMANDETH! Commandeth all men to repent. Now to me that is using authority to command people to repent. Which by the way IS THE FIRST STEP FOR SALVATION!

Here are some verses that uses the authoritative character as well.
1) Mark 1:15, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

2) Matthew 3:2, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3) Acts 2:38, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

So it seems that Christ commanded us to go make disciples. Just as John the Baptist, Peter, and etc did? He also granted us with the same Holy Spirit as well. With that
said, when sharing the gospel why can't we say "repent and believe the gospel" with authority instead of a timidly beg? What do you believe?

David Stapp