I’d like to tackle a particular scripture that says God will not hear the prayer of sinners. Those that take a literalist view of scripture will say that it means what it says without reference to context and the character of God. One of the greatest detriments to the gospel is teachers that don’t fully explain scriptures but simply repeat them the way they heard them. There has to come a time when Bible teachers reconcile real Christian life with scriptural fallacies. Continue reading “Truth Be Told”
The real lesson in Hannah’s story is her worry about a situation in her life that needed healing. She could not have children, and it was a constant source of worry, hurt, and concern
In the bible, God leaves on record the story of a woman named Hannah. She was the mother of the great prophet Samuel. On its surface, it’s the story of how Samuel was dedicated to the Lord from birth. The real lesson in Hannah’s story is her worry about a situation that needed healing. She could not have children, and it was a constant source of worry, hurt, and concern.
“Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
When it comes to true religion, the right concept is always in the back our brains, yet the principle can quickly be snuffed out by our surroundings. The Bible defines true religion as being free from the world and loving others as we love ourselves. Continue reading “The Lightbulb”
For the next few posts, I’m back to more spiritual awareness. This next series of posts may be bit dark, but I hope that they help people understand why man-controlled religion can be deadly, and why it is of the utmost importance to have a relationship with God for ourselves. I distinguish mainstream religion from walking with Jesus because from what I see in America, we tend to get the two confused. When we look at scripture, God says that he will dwell in his people and that those who accept and receive Christ into their hearts and follow his words would be his people. He no longer needed his people to have a temple with His presence dwelling in the ark and the tablets of stone to remind them of righteousness. We, his people were to be living epistles, read by all men. The word of God was to be written in our hearts. We as the people of God were to be his dwelling place, his priesthood and he would establish a new covenant. Finally, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, the veil that separated man from God was pulled away. We no longer need a mediator or anyone to go to God for us, we could approach God directly through prayer and walk with him in a personal way. Continue reading “Healing Divine and Otherwise”
Do you ever wonder why sometimes you feel spiritually weak? Check your levels of meditation. I can’t even list how many times in scripture God encourages us to meditate on his words. There’s something wonderful that happens when we read and think about the words of God. Not only do you begin to take in the true meaning of the words but they actually begin to change your thought process.
You see, as you think and think over the words again, they become a part of your mind and your heart. Eventually, it will come out in our actions. David said, “thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). It is harder to ignore that voice in your head warning you against doing wrong when that voice has been allowed to drill into your mind.
I was reading a passage in Joshua, Chapter 1, verse 8 that caught my eye.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
You may say how can I meditate day and night? It’s just like when you eat a good meal and you remember that meal. You bring it back up in conversation and may encourage a friend to try the dish or the restaurant where it was served. When something is good to you, it will come back up and you’ll think about it.
Meditation is an exercise of the mind. You become more spiritual when you think on the Word of God, which Christ said is the bread of life. Christ is the Word and the Word gives life to our spirit. When we take in what is right, our spirit will reject what is wrong
When we take in what is right, our spirit will reject what is wrong and sinful. We will lose our taste for wrongdoing if we take in and meditate on His words. Sure, the flesh will always want wrong but we will find a strength to say no. Our desires will change toward good and our heart will be affected by the power of divinely inspired words.