Archive for May, 2018

It’s Really About Obedience, Pt 1

I’m inclined to think that this happened to Rehoboam during his third year of ruling. He began possibly to pat himself on the back. Things were going very well. He was using wisdom to make good decisions. His sons were helping him rule throughout Judah. Look at all the blessings coming into Judah as well! So maybe Rehoboam began to relax his standards where God was concerned. All of a sudden, he’s simply doing his own thing and ignoring God’s rule. The people of Judah saw that it was no longer important to their king, so they adopted the same attitude. This is a lesson for us Christians as well. People “read” our lives and they wind up making judgments about God based on what they see in us.

Continue Reading May 8, 2018 at 2:52 PM 1 comment

Should Christians Fear God?

Christians who do not have a very healthy, reverential fear of God do not understand who God is and the power that He wields. He brought this world into Creation out of nothing (ex nihilo). Everything that we see, we enjoy, we benefit from, God made. He did so for His own glory, not ours.

We must put ourselves in our proper place and understand things from God’s perspective. He made us for Himself. God has every right to expect people – especially Christians – to live for Him, to bring glory to Him. Think of how many people go through this life never recognizing God and their actual purpose for being here? It’s scary to consider. How often are we Christians guilty of adopting a laissez-faire attitude where God is concerned? Paul would warn us that this ought not to be.

Continue Reading May 5, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Solomon’s Legacy with God’s Granted Wisdom

Because Solomon was only concerned about ruling over God’s people of Israel justly, and because of that, only wanted true wisdom that came from God Himself  to be able to be the best king that he could be, God granted his request and then blessed him beyond what he had asked for.

Solomon was not perfect by any stretch. He made some mistakes, starting with the fact that he married women who were not of Israel and with them, even gave them permission and places to worship foreign gods. It created problems for Solomon and Israel later on.

But at the beginning, Solomon’s heart was turned to God. Solomon understood the awesome responsibility of ruling over a group of people such as Israel. It was not something to be undertaken lightly. Solomon knew he needed tremendous wisdom in order to rule justly and fairly, something that most kings after Solomon never expressed.

Continue Reading May 4, 2018 at 12:35 PM 2 comments

Religious OCD or Scrupulosity

So essentially, Matt’s counselors believed that to remove his fear of the devil, he should take up those things that are aligned with the devil – his name, his number, hell itself, etc. He also listened to music that created images of the devil in the lyrics. But notice how the very last sentence – We were breaking the association between God and fear – actually addresses the subject of God, not the devil. Were they trying to break Matt’s fear of God or the devil? If the devil, why equate the devil with God? This is aubtle way of programming Matt to see no real difference and that maybe, just maybe, these two personalities are simply forces in the world we think of as good vs. evil, yin and yang, etc.

Continue Reading May 3, 2018 at 2:41 PM 2 comments

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