MInTheGap

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

What if He Asked You To Preach to Your Worst Enemy? (Jonah)

May 29th, 2018 Viewed 41 times, 2 so far today

Jonah 1:1-3 – Jonah was asked to go to the enemy of the Israelites to preach a message that would call them to repentance

In this famous story, we all know that Jonah didn’t want to go. He went the furthest he could in the opposite direction. God brought Jonah back through the most inconceivable way possible– via the belly of a fish.

Jonah did not want to see them repent. He wanted them punished for who they were. He believed he had righteous indignation against these opponents of the chosen people.

God wanted to show mercy.

What would you do?

We are probably more like Jonah. It’s easy to tell people that we like about the Gospel. It’s hard to tell our enemies that Jesus loves them and that they need salvation. God wants us to tell the world of His love, and more often than not, it’s the weak of this world that hear and follow than those that have confidence in themselves.

And there are plenty of modern day Jonah’s waging holy war against those they believe have the wrong view on all sorts of issues. They believe that if God won’t take care of it, then they certainly will take the fight to them. And yet God saved the people of Ninevah, and He cares about that person online or in person that you disagree with. His call is to repent, turn from sin and get right with Him.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

What If He Asked You to Preach, Though Telling You No One Would Listen? (Isaiah)

May 25th, 2018 Viewed 40 times, 2 so far today

Isaiah 6:1-13 – Isaiah was confronted by the greatness of God in the temple while he mourned the loss of good king Uzziah

After cleansing Isaiah from the sin that he knew he had, God asked who should be sent to the children of Israel to deliver a message. When Isaiah volunteered, God told him that the people would not hear, they would not understand, and the children of Israel would be taken into captivity.

What would you do?

Many of us are worried about what a coworker might say if we tell them the Gospel, and many of us are concerned that giving a tract would look weird.

The most sobering reality in the world today is that people are dying and going to Hell today.

God gave us a clear message in His Word for us to tell. It’s a message that judgment is coming, but there is a way of escape. Atheists will say that part of the reason that they believe Christians are hypocrites is that Christians say they believe that people around them are going to Hell, but don’t do everything in their power to keep them from going.

What’s really stopping us?

photo by: Chris Yarzab

What If He Asked You to Marry a Spouse That Would Cheat? (Hosea)

May 24th, 2018 Viewed 40 times, 1 so far today

Hosea 1:1-3 – Hosea was asked to marry a woman that would be unfaithful, just like Israel

He knew that she would be unfaithful from the beginning. He knew that it was to show that Israel was going to be unfaithful to God.

What would you do?

Many of us spend years thinking about who we will marry. Many of us come up with lists of traits. On none of those lists is someone that we know is or would be unfaithful to us.

God sometimes asks of us a difficult thing, or has something happen to us to be an example or an encouragement to others.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

What if He Asked You to Die of Stoning? (Stephen)

May 23rd, 2018 Viewed 42 times, 1 so far today

Acts 6:8-15 – Stephen is chosen as one of the first Deacons, and while preaching the word is brought before the council

Up until this point, no one had been killed for their faith. Sure, the religious leaders were not happy that people spoke of Jesus and had captured some and then let them go when they showed how they had been with Him, but no one had died. Stephen could have kept quiet and low key. Instead, Stephen proclaimed the Gospel and paid for it with his life.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

This World is Not Our Home

May 18th, 2018 Viewed 38 times, 2 so far today

Husbands and wives, when you were dating you wanted to find out everything you could about your significant other. You would give them presents wrapped in their favorite color, jewelry in their favorite color metal, and maybe bring them their favorite treat. There was no bounds, and you prioritized that person over everything—work, school, family (just ask them!).

While Jesus does not want to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, He demands that kind of passion—that He is the center of your life and that you will seek Him and His glory first and foremost. That you will repent of your sin, turn and follow Him wherever that leads.

May I encourage you—spend time in God’s Word, and as you do, look at it like that love that you had (and hopefully still have!) for your spouse. Look for ways that you can please Him, and don’t let the culture, what others may think, etc. get between you and giving praise and glory to your Savior.

Don’t get trapped in the lies of the world, that this is the best that it’s been. This world is not our home, and the best is yet to come.

photo by: bsabarnowl

Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him

May 17th, 2018 Viewed 60 times, 1 so far today

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.

photo by: DrGBB

Closing Thoughts on God’s Will

May 10th, 2018 Viewed 170 times, 3 so far today

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 127 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 124 times, 1 so far today

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.

Submission to God’s Will

May 4th, 2018 Viewed 160 times

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.