Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My accomplishments = nothing.

You know at times I seem to attribute my accomplishments that I do to that of God's goodness towards me. Yes we should give him glory and seek to do all things as serving Him, but that is not always the case. Not all things I do are as if I am working unto Him. I tend to forget that at times and depend solely upon my own strength.
I was reading a portion of scripture and Paul writes this in Philippians 3:9-10; 9) and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
Notice verse 9, "not having a righteousness of my own" and in verse 10, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection."
I see 2 powerful truths and here they are:
1. (vs9) Nothing I do is righteous by any means. We know this but looking deeper into it we see that even our seemingly great deeds are filthy rags as scriputre says elsewhere (Isaiah 64:6). When I make decisions based upon my own "good morals" it is nothing more than a filthy rags compared to His righteousness.

2. (vs 10) This is particularly the main point here. That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection...have you ever thought about that? Do we know what it even means? As much as the Holy Spirit has imparted to me, here are my thoughts on this. In any given situation, after I have tried everything in my own power, I still fail. After I have depended on people and things for fulfillment, they still fail me. When I get to the point of where all seems hopeless; I can turn to Christ and the same power that raised Him from the dead raises me to higher heights. Then and only then can I fully experience His righteousness.

Praise be to Him who delivered us from our darkness with His glorious light!
David Stapp

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Creation vs evolution

There is a lot to say on these issues and we can debate about them until we are blue in the face. In this post I am not arguing about young earth, or billions of years, or anything like that. I am not even going to get that deep into it. I am looking at these 2 today as foundational truths. What do I mean? Well there is a lot and I will sum it up. We as children of Creator God believe that God did create the heavens, earth, living creatures, and man. So with that said we tend to stand on that truth. The problem is this: our society doesn't stand on God being creator as He says He is. School text books, atheist lawmakers, liberal judges all try to tell us that is true regardless if theory or not. So what we have is a foundation on the belief of evolution. It may be made of sand but it is a secular foundation. So the big question is how do we defend this? God's Word tells us to be ready to defend our faith and beliefs: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15. Atheist and secular humanist know that if they can target our children and younger generation then we will lose them. The Bible stories taught in churches today are great, but there is no way Noah's ark portrayed as a floating bath tub with a bunch of animals with no room can compete with scientific minded secularism. These folks are ravaging wolves and they are good at what they do. The evolution belief is just the foot in the door to other issues we fight constantly such as abortion, secular humanism, homosexuals, and etc. Evolution was one of the first way atheists had their way into our culture. Now look at what they teach in school. This is an excerpt from various science books: Sciences show no evidence of a supernatural realm -- that there is only the natural. What does the Bible contain? Supernatural occurrences because of God and His miracle working power. Our kids are being bombarded with secular humanism such as this. How is the way we teach our kids about God's Word going to make a case? Well when we tell our kids Bible "stories" it's exactly that, a story. Secularism portrays Bible stories as fairy tales and that is taught now in our culture, but when asked, how do we defend that? For example; just how did God create the universe and the earth? Uh, I don't know for sure. I have heard Christians say "the big bang theory is true, God said bang and it happened." This tends to undermine the authority of scripture when we don't stand on it's authority. In conclusion we need to be ready to defend our faith and teach our kids the same. Christ didn't give His life for us to be timid and scared of everything, but to boldly stand and preach the gospel to all creatures. (Mark 16:15) We should be standing on scripture as absolute truth and not depending on our culture to shape our views and teach us its ways. By David Stapp