Jesus Preached a Prosperity Gospel

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jesus preachingMat 11:1-5
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

 This passage of scripture has always intrigued me.  As soon as I read it, I am immediately reminded of the old Sesame Street song, “One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just does not belong.”

John’s disciples are sent to ask Jesus if he is truly the Sent One or are they to look for another. Jesus responds by telling them to tell John the of works and words which they have witnessed. The list included the blind receiving their sight, the lame walking, the lepers are being cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  Jesus is on a roll. He is telling of all the physical healings that are taking place and then throws in at the end, “and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” It appears that Jesus is meeting all the felt needs of the crowd until he gets to the poor. Then, rather than meeting their felt need, which would be riches or monetary gain, instead, he preaches the gospel to them. Why?

 The fact is, the gospel, when received, makes one richer than he ever could have imagined. When received, a person who has experienced the soul saving, life changing effect of the gospel wouldn’t trade it for all the riches in the world. I know I wouldn’t. I’d rather be a poor saved man than a rich lost man. Ask any truly born again believer which he would rather be. Just so I could be clear on this point, I asked Christians the question, “If you could receive any material good in this world, be it wealth or fame, in exchange for your salvation, what would you choose?” Did you know what the consistent, unequivocal answer was? Well, of course you do. Not one person said they would trade anything for their salvation. That’s rich!

 The gospel is inestimable. One cannot place a value on that which turns a house into a home? What amount of money can change the heart of a drunkard or dope addicted spouse and cause them to become a loving and caring husband or wife? What price would one put on a message that has the power to turn a rebellious teen into an obedient and respectful son or daughter who has a heart for God and his Word?  And the list goes on.

 Jesus knew exactly what he was doing when he preached the gospel to the poor rather than give them monetary gain. He knew the value of the gospel and the wealth it contained, and by giving these poor people that message, they became the richest in the crowd.

 Oh, praise God for His immeasurable riches in Christ!

Save Me From Myself!

 

Peters visionAs I was reading from Acts chapter ten regarding Peter’s vision about the clean and unclean animals, God spoke to my heart regarding the fact that we all have a tendency to become a little prejudiced in our religion. If we aren’t careful, we can come to the haughty place in our lives where we think others are unworthy of the privilege of the gospel while we ourselves are worthy. Certain classes of people or certain ethnic groups might leave a bitter taste in our mouth and, instead of stopping to remember that we were once aliens to and enemies of the cross, we begin to believe God is seeing through our eyes or judging according to our own standards of righteousness. May God take us up on the roof top as He did Peter and give us a vision of humanity, us included, lost in sin, hopeless and helpless without the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. May God rescue us from our own destructive pride and self-righteousness and allow us to see the world through his eyes of compassion and feel its plight as he does, with a broken and compassionate heart.

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Matthew 20:26-28

26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 Washing feetWhat a tremendous example the Lord Jesus sets before us in the passage above. He not only said this of himself, but he demonstrated it repeatedly as he walked among the people throughout his brief three and a half year ministry, and then ultimately upon the cross.

 Can the disciples of Christ do less than their Master? Can we truly call ourselves Christians (little Christs) when we live to be served rather than to serve? It was Christ who said in Luke 6:40 ~ “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” The word, “perfect”, as we understand it, is to mean “mature.” So then, as we mature in Christ, we are to emulate his nature and character. It’s understandable that a new Christian, in the formative stages of his Christian life, would want to soak up as much of the Word of God from the pew as he possibly can, but at some point that new Christian will desire to be ‘wrung out’, so-to-speak, by God, in service to Him.

 May God help us, as we strive to be the salt in this decaying world, to follow in his steps by praying and looking for opportunities to serve. Let us not only seek to serve at the church among believers, but also in the world, that men may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.

 A final thought for us pastors along these lines as well. Let it not be said of us that we simply desired to have a large enough congregation so that our needs could be met. Let us lead in faithful dependence upon God to meet our needs as we busy ourselves serving those he has put in our charge. Walk humbly among those saints whose God is forever watching as the under-shepherd cares for, feeds, sacrifices, and loves his flock.

Foul Fowl Flop

      We’ve all seen it, the car covered withbird-poop-on-car an enormous amount of bird droppings (henceforth called ‘flop’).  In an effort to escape the direct sunlight, some unwitting soul parks their car under a tree, not seeing the evidence of a bird sanctuary on the ground before they pulled in. Perhaps we should give those poor unfortunates the benefit of the doubt and consider the idea that quite possibly their assigned parking spot is a haven for roosting birds. Whatever the case, we’ve all looked on with either disgust or pity for the poor souls driving the vehicle.

 I saw that car yesterday. It really was an elegant car with a rather sophisticated woman at the wheel. We were at an intersection across from one another waiting for our light to turn green. She got the arrow first and began her turn. She seemed oblivious to the excessive amount of flop that assaulted her otherwise elegant carriage. I found myself judging her. I asked myself, “Doesn’t she realize how much flop is on her car?” Surely she did. How could she not? I couldn’t help but to stare as she turned right in front of me. I figured there was way too much flop on her car to be the product of just a single day. That had to be a week’s worth at the very least. I wondered why she didn’t wash the car. How careless she must be! How completely complacent and apathetic this made her appear!

 Just as I was about to pat myself on the back for having a somewhat clean vehicle, God gave me the proverbial smack upside the head. In an instant, I was reminded of how I must look to God as I go through the day being assaulted by the world. What makes matters worse is that sometimes I am as oblivious to the world’s flop as that lady seemed to be. That ‘harmless’ worldly song I listened to or sang along with at the store implanted a mental image of its message into my mind and on my heart causing me to have thoughts I shouldn’t have. I thought about that little bird of lust that defiles my soul, heart and mind as I watch television. The scantily clad women who parade around in front of me at half time or during the commercials, or the vile language that is used in the movies I watch. I imagine my ‘vehicle’ must get awfully filthy in a day’s time. And then there are days when I don’t even make it to the ‘wash’ to clean it up and the flop just compounds exponentially.

 After the Lord spanked me really good for being so judgmental and condemning, I tried to learn from this event. So, what did I learn? Well, for starters, why didn’t I even entertain the idea that maybe she was borrowing the car? It might not have even been hers. I jumped to conclusions without even knowing the facts.

 Lesson number one – don’t be quick to judge.

Conversation based upon fragmentary knowledge and partial understanding, accomplish nothing but rumors.

 Second – Avoid the flop.

As I mentioned before, there are tell-tale signs of potential danger zones regarding those shameless birds. Just look on the ground before resigning to a shady spot under a nice big tree. The evidence is sure to be there. The best looking parking spot might be the only one available for a reason. The same is true with my spiritual life. If I am to avoid the foul flop of sin, I must heed the instruction of 1 Peter 5:8 which says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” And Ephesians 5:18, which says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” And again in Proverbs 4:14 & 15, which give these instructions: “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

 Third – If I can’t avoid the flop, then make sure I wash it off every day.

Car washes aren’t very expensive and will prolong the life of the car. Not only that, but I find that when my car is clean, I feel better about driving it around. As to my spiritual life, I find that I am in need of a daily cleansing. Ps. 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” It is true that if we do not take a spiritual bath in the morning before heading out to meet the day, many times we not only are susceptible to sin, but we actually pursue it. I need the daily cleansing that comes from a steady intake of the Water of the Word of God.

 The next time you happen to see one of those foul fowl flop covered vehicles, I hope you remember this little testimony and ask God to help you step back and take a look at your own “vehicle” through his eyes.

 As one of my seminary professors used to say, “Keep a bended knee, a sharp sword, and an eye on the sky.” God bless you.

Were His Parents to Blame?

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thiefA couple sit weeping in disbelief as their child is sentenced in a court of law for a crime they never would have guessed their boy or girl was capable of committing.

 A father, suspicious that his son might be using drugs because of a sudden change of friends and behavior, finds a bag of marijuana and some Ecstasy hidden in his bedroom.

 Parents, searching within themselves for the proper response to the gut wrenching announcement from their 15 year old daughter that she is pregnant, can only think of the shattered dreams they had for their little girl.

 A mother weeps at her bedside begging God to set her son back on the right path. She raised him in church but now he is eighteen years old and determined to do things his way.

 Many parents hope and pray they will never find themselves in any of the situations played out above. New moms and dads reading this will undoubtedly determine within themselves to never let these things happen to them and their children. They will do whatever it takes, make whatever sacrifices need to be made, and pay whatever price needs to be paid to make sure their children succeed in life.

 But just as sure as I am sitting here typing this article, I am positive there are parents reading this who did determine to protect their children from the steely knives of the world. They did make sacrifices, and they did pay dearly to make sure their son or daughter turned out right only to have them rip their heart out, toss it to the ground, step all over it, pick it back up and hand it back to them. Some parents reading this are all too familiar with the plethora of emotions the parents in the above situations are feeling because the same thing or something similar has happened to them.

 Parents of those children who have train wrecked their own lives by making really bad choices in spite of a good childhood and proper upbringing have something in common. They blame themselves. They wonder where they went wrong as a parent. They spend countless sleepless nights trying to figure out what they could have done differently to keep their child from ending up on this path of self-destruction. I wonder if there are any parents out there who have raised their children to adulthood who, at one time or another, haven’t felt like a failure.

 As I was reading in the Gospel of Luke the other day, I came across the story of a man who evidently was raised by God-fearing parents, but somewhere down the line this man, in adulthood, decided to forsake the instruction of his parents and follow a path that led him to death row where he was ultimately executed for his crimes. I’m sure that many who witnessed the execution from a distance wrongly judged his parents for his wretched circumstance, placing the blame on an ungodly dad or unrighteous mom. But had they been standing at the foot of the cross, they might have heard the entire conversation between Jesus Christ and the thieves on either side of him. If they could have heard the exchange, they would have realized that his parents weren’t to blame. Listen to that conversation.

 Luke 23:39-40 records, “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?” This second thief did not wind up on a cross because he feared God. The reverential fear of God in a person will cause him to do the right thing. I can’t prove it because this is the only record we have of this thief, but it’s very likely this man was taught from the time he was a child to revere and respect the things of God. Somewhere, sometime, he callused his heart toward God and lost that healthy and holy fear for him.

 We further read in verse 41, “And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.” Here is a man who knew what he had done was wrong and wasn’t trying to blame everyone else for his demise. He was willing to accept responsibility for his actions and believed his punishment suited the crime. This kind of character doesn’t come from growing up in gangs and running the streets all hours of the night without parental supervision or accountability. Character of this nature doesn’t spring out of nowhere. Although it appears to have surfaced a little too late, it is nevertheless character that was ingrained in him as a child through a lifetime of teaching and modeling. We don’t know what caused him to subdue that kind of character, but one thing is obvious; knowing what was right and wrong, he chose wrong.

 And then finally, we read in verse 42, “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” This was not a simple Bible story that he had learned and remembered from his youth. This was Messianic prophecy! This man knew the Scriptures! Where and when did he learn that? We have no indication of his age, but whether he learned this in the synagogues as an adult or at his father’s knee as a child, this is all the proof we need to conclude that his parents weren’t to blame for his being executed on a cross. They steered him in the right direction and placed him on a path toward success. I’m sure it took them awhile, but I hope that in time they were able to lay their heads down at night knowing they did everything they could to ensure a happy and healthy adulthood for him. I hope they didn’t beat themselves up over his poor decisions. I hope they realized that in the end, the choice was ultimately his to make.

 The lesson that God taught me through this passage of Scripture, and the message I hope to convey to every parent reading this is to simply do our best in raising our children. Make time for them. Teach them to reverence God. Help them to know right from wrong. Instill in them godly character which guides them to accept personal responsibility for their actions. Teach them the Scriptures. There is no such thing as a perfect family unit and there is a measure of dysfunction in every home. But when we as parents follow the recipe that God laid out for us in regard to raising our children, then, if they choose to forsake our life long guidance and instruction, we will naturally be broken hearted, yes, but we can lay our head down with the comfort and assurance of knowing that we as parents were not to blame.

Should We Fight the Future?

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timeFor better or for worse, time leaves its tangible mark on every aspect of society, and we can stop time from passing no more than we can stop the rain from falling. It’s going to happen whether we want it to or not. But just because the rain brings a flood doesn’t mean we have to be swept away by it. And just because we can’t stop the future from becoming the present doesn’t mean we have to fall prey to a culture that is eating itself away from within with each passing decade.

 America is not exempt from the ravages of time. From a purely Christian perspective, this country is not getting better. One would have to willfully shut his eyes and plug his ears to reality in order to say or believe otherwise. We are not better morally or spiritually as a society today than we were fifty years ago, fifteen years ago, or even five years ago. We are worse. This simply cannot be denied. Pro-homosexual and anti-marriage sitcoms such as “The New Normal” and “Happily Divorced” are being aired and applauded today on prime time television. These programs evolved as a result and product of a morally declining culture. They could not find an accepting audience five years ago, but today these programs and others like them are not only accepted but embraced and protected by a society with a not-so-superficial belief that this kind of low living is ok.

 I more than halfway expect our society to erode with time. After all, which nation, in all of history, hasn’t? But, because we are in the hi-tech age, our society is crumbling at an exponential rate. And as alarming as it is that our moral fabric is quickly unraveling, it is even more disheartening that our spiritual foundation is also crumbling at break-neck speed. If time has eroded the moral fabric of our country, then why be so foolish as to think that we, as a nation, have evolved spiritually rather than devolved? Since when did time become prejudiced?

 I am aware that many Christians (even some I consider good friends) will call me an antiquated dinosaur who iswolf in sheeps clothing stuck in the past. But that’s only because they have already fallen prey to the deception of post-modern Christianity. What does that term even mean? I might not know what it means, but I know what it describes. It describes a generation who has turned their back on fundamental Christianity. I did not say “fundamentalism” because not all “fundamentalism” can be said to be fundamental Christianity either. I’m talking about a generation that has embraced a worldly and carnal philosophy regarding church, sin, salvation, worship, God, holiness, the Word of God, preaching, evangelism, discipleship, personal and ecclesiastical separation, etc. “Church” as we know it, or at least have known it in the not so distant past is rapidly becoming extinct. I truly believe this is what the Word of God calls “the falling away”, in other words, apostate Christianity. I am seeing not only friends and acquaintances, but also family and fellow pastors embracing this deceptive post-modern Christian philosophy with reckless abandon!

 Do we really think that having a “dress-down-come-as-you-are” attitude toward church attendance means we have evolved spiritually or that we have finally figured God out?  Are we so arrogant as to believe that we have finally YourBesLifeNowbeen able to get holiness right, and that the church fathers over the past two thousand years didn’t have a clue? Have we reached the pinnacle of enlightenment regarding church growth because we’ve figured out how to achieve record breaking crowds through secular marketing of the church? C’mon, do we honestly, for one second, truly believe that God is pleased with our Hollywood-type productions, laser and light shows, smoke rolling off the stage, pyro-technics display and rock concerts that we pretentiously call worship on Sunday morning? Are we that stupid?! Do pastors today truly believe in their heart that by stroking the self-esteem of their congregants with nothing but positive motivational messages, they are doing them a service?  Have preachers lost sight altogether of the fact that only a proper, biblical view of sin, self and God can produce a truly righteous and Godly people?  How can we prepare a people for heaven if they don’t have a biblical knowledge of the holiness of a sovereign God? How can we as preachers truly call a person a disciple if they are not progressively growing in sanctification and in the image of Christ, but rather are going to Billy Bob’s or some other dance hall and drinking establishment on Saturday night? Have we preachers become so concerned with our salaries and the bottom line that we fear to address the known sins of the big tithers? Has God become that small and man that big?

 I don’t know if we can effectively fight the future given that the future seems to become the present and then man-prayingspeeds off into history quicker than we can take it all in. But this I know; we do not have to isolate ourselves from the world in order to live a life of purity, godliness and holiness. But we do need to insulate ourselves from it. We are not to embrace carnal means and adopt unholy measures to secure membership in our churches. The salvation of the lost depends upon the sanctification of the saved. I personally do not believe God left the ministry of the gospel to us without parameters. He has given us His Word, and if we will read it and heed it, we will find the only kind of success that matters. May God grant us the good sense to wake up!

Pastor Who?

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1 Cor. 3:1-7

And I, bLeader-of-the-Packrethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Paul begins this chapter by rebuking the Corinthian Christians for being so carnal. There were divisions and envying and strife among them because they were elevating men rather than Christ. They were arguing as to which man was more spiritual, or more important, or had greater significance or influence among the rest. I imagine they were doing this in hopes of exalting their own self-proclaimed importance.

It is a travesty to elevate men to a level of godhood, believing one man has all the answers and setting not only ourselves up for a fall but also that man who we are enthroning. It is unfair to all involved because this kind of thinking does not allow for anyone to make mistakes. It also does not allow anyone else to have a differing opinion. The sooner we realize that only God is perfect and without error, the sooner we can avoid divisions in the body. There is enough opposition on the outside trying to destroy the church without us on the inside giving them an easy target.

There is nothing wrong with admiring godly characteristics of certain men of God or applauding their dedication to His call. But we must always remember, according to the Scripture, that without God or Christ, these and all men are nothing! So, the next time we are tempted to sing the praises of some preacher for the results of a Spirit-filled, biblical, New Testament ministry, whether on the West Coast or the East Coast, sing praise God to God instead, because Paul planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

There is No Such Thing as Debt Free Christianity

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I enjoy listening to Dave Ramsey as much as the next guy, and, per his advice, I have tried to apply as many of the biblical principles regarding debt-free living into my life as possible, but there is still one debt I, as a Christian, will never pay in full. It’s not because I don’t want to pay this debt. Indeed, I would love nothing more at the end of my life than to be able to say, “I’ve run the race, I’ve finished my course, I’ve kept the faith.” But I read in the book of ball_and_chain-536x352 Romans about a debt that I will never get paid in full because I can’t stop this world from populating itself. As long as people are in this world and without Jesus Christ, I, as a born-again child of God, am indebted to them. I owe it to my fellow human being to share with him the gospel of Jesus Christ. I possess the knowledge of how he can miss Hell and make Heaven. If I do not share that knowledge, then I am of all men most rank.

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 1:14-16

“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Many of us are on a fast track to be debt-free within a certain period of time. Many have made material and monetary sacrifices so that they are not chained to a lender. But how many sacrifices have we made to be debt free spiritually? As the physical debt is always in the front of our conscience, so also should the spiritual debt weigh heavily upon our soul. Brethren, let us look around. Are we ignoring our spiritual debt? Just as a monetary debt grows exponentially if ignored, so also does our spiritual debt compound as the population increases. Many lost souls are plunging into an eternal hell because we are shrugging of our Christian responsibility to share the soul saving, life changing gospel with them. I’m sure glad someone paid his debt to me 28 years ago!

As we go about our tasks this week or this month, I encourage you to join me in the challenge to be consciously aware of our heavenly debt. Let’s carry gospel tracts and ask God to help us be sensitive to the Spirit’s promptings as we cross the paths of those to whom we are indebted. May God bless you richly as you serve him is my prayer.

Sorry, But I’m Not Apologizing For Not Apologizing

Being able to say “I’m sorry” in sincerity is necessary to maintain a healthy relationship. Usually, the only reason one won’t apologize is simply foolish pride. No one likes to admit they are wrong, and saying “I’m sorry” typically implies that. Sometimes we need to say “I’m sorry” when we are right because our only motive was to prove we were right while not taking into consideration that declaring our “rightness” would hurt someone else.  I don’t tender this advice because it overflows out of my vast stores of wisdom, but rather because I’ve been married for nearly 22 years and have raised 4 children and have been afforded many opportunities to say “I’m sorry”. And though there may be some lingering feelings of regret tucked away because of some stupid thing I did or said during those 22 years, there are also some things I don’t regret one iota. There are some things I did in my life that, given an opportunity to do all over, I wouldn’t change a thing. If my kids don’t’ understand it till their fifty or whether the liberal news media or the world sardonically labels it politically, socially, or even religiously incorrect, there are a few things I will absolutely not apologize for.

I do not apologize for raising my children in a conservative Christian home (as if there is such a thing as a liberal Christian home; an oxymoron). I do not apologize for trying my best to insulate them from the vicious, evil influences of a wicked and corrupt world. I don’t apologize for desiring them to be wise regarding godliness and simple concerning sin.

I do not apologize for home schooling and sending them to a private Christian school. I do not apologize for keeping their minds from being polluted by the filth and wickedness that takes place in public schools. I do not apologize for attempting to keep them from receiving a distorted, warped, humanistic world view through text books written by and, for the most part, taught by atheists.

I do not apologize for disciplining my children by spanking them with a belt or switch while they were growing up. I do not apologize for instilling in them the character trait that they must take responsibility for their actions and that there are consequences for good choices and bad choices alike. It’s not my problem that you prefer my results but don’t have the guts to adopt my methods, which actually are the Bible’s methods.

I do not apologize for choosing their friends for them as they grew up. I do not apologize for not letting them “hang out” with non-Christian acquaintances. I do not apologize for allowing them to have any friend they choose to come over to our house where I could monitor and even select the evening’s activities. I do not apologize for not allowing them to “sleep over” at a worldly or carnal Christian family’s home. I do not apologize for not wanting them to be subjected to a home where there might be alcohol, tobacco, profanity or worse being used in front of them.

I do not apologize for not allowing them to date through high school. I do not apologize for not allowing them to give a piece of their heart away several times to several different people before they actually get to the marriage altar. I do not apologize for not allowing them to practice how to divorce by breaking up several times throughout their teenage years.

I do not apologize for having them in church every time the doors were opened. I do not apologize for believing they needed to be educated in the word of God on a weekly or even daily basis to counter the garbage they inadvertently receive from the limited exposure to the world they do encounter. I do not apologize for sending them to youth camps and youth conferences every year where they would interact with thousands of other Christian kids from all over the country who lived the same way they did.

I do not apologize for sending them to Christian colleges where, in spite of a lack of accreditation, literally tens of thousands of other young men and women have graduated with a diploma in liberal arts or Bible degrees and have gone on to succeed in life with a promising and successful career or ministry.

But most of all, I do not apologize for constantly trying to bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. For I realize this is absolutely the most important and loving thing I could ever do for them. All these other things that I have written above served only to bring them to that point, but ultimately, they have to make that decision on their own.

I will have to stand before God one day and give an account of the family He entrusted to my care. I have not been a perfect dad or husband, but I hope that when I stand before the Lord on that day, He will review the things I did and did not apologize for and say to me, “Well done”.

What is “The evil day”?

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The apostle says to put on the whole armor of God so we may stand in the evil day. What is “the evil day”? Is it just one day? Is it a 24 hour period or is it indicative of a particular period of time such as, “We live in such an evil day.”? I believe the latter is probably true. The devil doesn’t make an appointment to test, tempt, or try the Christian. As soon as the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the heart and begins to manufacture Christ in the life of a believer, the devil begins his assault. The world and the devil don’t care about religion or “churchianity”, but there is a fierce intimidation to both of them when the Spirit is given free course in a heart and life. The world takes offense at a true, God fearing, Spirit filled believer living out true righteousness by way of a holy and consecrated lifestyle. This is why we are to daily put on the whole armor of God as described in chapter six. So suit up my brothers and sisters. Every day is a day of battle for the sincere believer who is trying to live out his Christianity. Every day is “the evil day.”