MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him

May 17th, 2018 Viewed 187 times

Matthew 8:18-27: Jesus cuts through all of this and calls us back to seeing things from His perspective

The scribe comes up to him and asks to follow Jesus wherever He will go. Jesus responds by telling the man that he will not have the comforts that He’s used to.

This is the same for us: The world tells us that there are certain things that we must have, certain expectations to have a good life. The world would call you insane if you gave up that which you could have to follow Christ, and yet God calls for all of us.

Another comes up and asks to bury his father first. Jesus tells him to let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead. The culture told him that it was right to go bury his father, Jesus said that following Him was more important than cultural practice.

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Our Modern Reality is Not All That Great

May 16th, 2018 Viewed 288 times

Daniel 2:31-45: Our form of government is not the best.

Nebuchadnezzar received a vision. In it, he saw that every government here that is after his is called inferior to that before it. It ended with God destroying it all and being the only government– or the creation of His Kingdom which would eventually conquer the Earth.

Many believe the American ideals and that these should be worldwide because this is the best way to have freedom; however, what we see is reality is that our form of government allows for all sorts of sin to gain social acceptance. As long as you can get enough people to vote for it or can get a court to deem it part of the freedoms we have been granted, it becomes the law.

As legislation leaves the area of government and moves into the realm of moral choices, what is legal replaces our moral code because the two parties begin to diverge.

Ezekiel 16:49-50: Sodom’s biggest sin sound very familiar.

When you hear of Sodom and Gomorrah you mostly think of the sin of sodomy, but Ezekiel states that they also had another and even bigger problem. Sodom had pride, was rich, but did not care for the poor and needy. An abomination pushed God over the edge and He removed them.

1 Corinthians 1:20-25: God says that the world views the Gospel as foolishness.

The evaluation of the world is that God is a fairy tale. Why should we base what we think about what the Bible tells us or what God expects of us based on what the world thinks of it?

God works in ways that bring Him glory—the exact opposite of what modern man believes and antithetical to the American “Puritan work ethic”. God used walking around a city to bring down the walls of Jericho, and He used one small child to take down a giant.

In 2 Corinthians 12:10 we see that God used Paul, who had a thorn in his side specifically there so that he would not boast in himself, but would give the glory to God.

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Nothing New Under the Sun

May 15th, 2018 Viewed 249 times

Ecclesiastes 1:9 – Nothing new under the Sun.

How can Solomon say this? He never saw an automobile?! It’s not about whether or not man has technological achievement, but who man is and what he will do.

This is directly related to us today.

Evolution wants to teach us that we have been getting progressively better. That’s why we have cavemen that can buy car insurance. That’s why it’s so hard for modern men to understand how the pyramids were built.

The Bible teaches us a history that is contradictory to what is expected by the secularists.

The Proper Role of Intimacy – Delight in Your Own Spouse, Be Attractive To One Another

May 14th, 2018 Viewed 415 times, 1 so far today

Why is the Wife Compared to a Cistern or a Fountain? (Prov 5:18; Song 4:15)

In a land that had not a lot of water, she would be something of tremendous value.

What is the Significance of One’s Own Cistern?

How many people would love to have pure water that was not someone else’s? This is the value of the wife, as something that nourishes the husband. The point is that there is a source of “water” for the husband, and that is where he should be seeking it. If he is looking for it elsewhere, or his wife ends up offering it elsewhere, it’s a shame to him.

What are the fountains or rivers of water? (Prov 5:16-17)

These are the children which are brought forth from the act of marriage. These are legitimate children, whom the husband can know are his because he has been faithful.

What is the Significance of the Fountain being blessed and Joy from Wife of Your Youth? (Prov 5:18)

A woman that would have the children of her husband was blessed. We can see this in the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Rachel, Elkanah and Hannah. In each of these cases, the women felt that they were deficient because they did not bear offspring, and when they did then they felt worth.

The idea of “wife of his youth” has more than just “marry a young wife” embedded in it. It also refers to the fact that when you married you did marry young, and had a lifetime of intimacy together. This would mean that you’d have a tight bond—in contrast to the adulterous couple in other passages.

On Whom Should the Husband Fix His Affections and What Should Satisfy Him? (Prov. 5:19)

His affections should be affixed on his wife. The allusions would make more sense in the Eastern world at the time, but these were very high compliments. The idea is that his wife is the most attractive woman that he knows, and that he is not seeking out anyone else.

The problem here is that often in marriage, both men and women can let themselves go instead of continually seeking to be attractive to their spouse. They can use the excuse that they “have to love me anyway” to mean that they will not put any effort into their appearance. I don’t get that from this passage as much as I get that the husband should not be looking to be attracted elsewhere, for he should get all he needs sexually and visually from his wife.

This falls into the idea that the husband should be intoxicated with the love of his wife. He should have eyes only for her, and her love should be something that draws him to her. Attraction is powerful.

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The Modern Christian

May 11th, 2018 Viewed 355 times

One of the catalysts of the creation of this nation was the fact that two very divergent belief systems were rising on the European continent.

One of them was the Reformation. Lead by men with famous names like Martin Luther, John Huss, John Calvin, Tyndale and the rest, these men wanted to get the Bible into the hands of the normal people, to let them read the Word of God in their own tongue and to remove from the readings the traditions and false teachings that had spread up in the years since Jesus had left the Earth.

The other was the Enlightenment. This was a strand of people that had taken to science and human understanding to explain those things around them. It was from here that many sought to rationalize the church’s teachings, and it culminated with Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of the Species” where man had finally found a way to define his existence without the need for God.

While Christians have been battling over whether Evolution as it is taught today is in the Bible or not, what they have somewhat missed is that they have not seen the way that the secularists have shaped the way that we think about our world, and have thereby challenged the Bible and its teachings in such a way that we now attempt to understand our Bible and its commands through a modern and secular lens. This is contrary to what the Word of God teaches us about truth, history and reality.

Closing Thoughts on God’s Will

May 10th, 2018 Viewed 392 times

So, in closing, think on these questions…

  • Do I spend time in the Word so I know where God is going?
  • Do I have some sin in my life that is hindering my ability to know God’s will?
  • Am I currently bearing the weight of sins in the past?
  • Have I confessed them, and begged for mercy in the situation I now see myself faced?
  • How can I best glorify God in a given situation?
  • Do I realize what that sin that have is doing to those that God has placed in my trust?

As a Person and As a Prince

May 9th, 2018 Viewed 290 times

In order to know how to evade his plight, David looked at it the plight in two different ways– as a person and as a prince.

As a person, David clung to the fact that God was merciful, compassionate and just. His unchanging nature condemned David when he was in sin . David could cling to that nature when he was in trouble.David knew that if he put his faith in the Lord, if He trusted in God alone, God would have to get the glory and God would take care of him.

We were created to glorify God. Man, through choosing to take of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, chose to be as gods and exalt themselves. This has been what is out of whack since the beginning– as God the Creator / Owner / Sustainer of all life has sought the glory rightfully His and we have sought our own glory. Too often this is the reason that we miss God’s will– because we’re more concerned about ourselves than we are about God getting glory. So God has to take us to a place where we can do nothing but glorify Him.

When Do You Have the Best Handle on God’s Will?

May 8th, 2018 Viewed 287 times

Two Different Times for me

After the situation has come and gone. When I’m looking back we can see with better clarity that truly God was working in the event and that He arranged thing correctly.

The other type of time is when there’s no other thing to do but to turn to Him. Many people down through the ages have had to rely totally on God, and many people that were used mightily of Him were brought low first.

Paul Demonstrates these two

Before Paul could be a servant of the Most High God, he had to become blind and be lead around. He was also given a thorn in the flesh which he asked God to remove three times– which God denied. Paul told us the secret– that God’s power is able to work in our infirmities.

Many years before Paul, David had situations where God’s will and the pursuit of it moved from the academic to the practical. In Psalm 25, David was in a plight, and we learn that from verses 15-19.

The Husbands of Proverbs – The Adulterer, The Pledger, The Sloth and The Mischievious

May 7th, 2018 Viewed 434 times, 1 so far today

Adultery Takes Two: Just as the Woman Sought to Entangle, the Man Was a Willing Participant (Proverbs 2:16-19; 5:3-14; 6:20-35; 7:1-27; 23:27-28; 30:20)

There are two key questions here. The first is “Where do you draw the line?” If there is no line drawn and nothing keeping one from going further, then you will be easily tempted when you are offered the temptation. This goes for any sin, and men are especially susceptible to the willing woman as Proverbs says.

The second is the question of risk. The man obviously allowed himself to be separated alone with the woman that was seeking him. She saw him and identified him as an available target. This also goes for both sexes—do we take precautions to keep us away from sin?

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Submission to God’s Will

May 4th, 2018 Viewed 317 times, 1 so far today

The next concept that we must master when seeking God’s will according to the passage is that of being submissive to that will once it is made known.

In Psalm 25:9, David underscores this point.

Why would God want to respond to a call for His leading when He knows you won’t follow it? J. B. Phillips, who is the author of a commentary on Psalms has this illustration:

A young believer comes to a counselor for guidance as to whether she should marry Sammy. The counselor asks: “Is he a Christian?” She says: “Oh yes. He’s a wonderful Christian. He never goes to church or reads his Bible but he’s a wonderful Christian.” The counselor says “If he’s not a born-again believer God says that you should not marry him. The Bible says you are not to be unequally yoked together with an unbeliever.” But that is not what Maggie wants to hear, so she goes off and marries Sammy anyway. Maggie might be saved herself but she certainly was not submissive to the Word of God. Any guidance in her case is not only useless, it is incriminating.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.