Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Paul makes this statement to the gentiles of the age, since the Jews had The Law, there was to them an avenue to God and salvation. It was and still is by faith, at the time it was faith in a sacrificial system and the coming of Messiah. But were the pagans really without hope? The Law was written and given to Israel but scripture plainly teaches that the laws of God are written on the very fabric of creation. Paul says in Romans when gentiles who do not have the law, do the law they, are a law to themselves. The knowledge and understanding of transgression is built into us, we can choose to ignore it or seek a solution. Today we have a deeper understanding as Messiah has come. To the Messianic Jew, the completion, to the gentile, adoption into the family of God. Our hope is not in what we do or who we are, it's in what He has done.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Here is a topic that's been debated for centuries and certainly I won't be able to stop the debate. Paul says that we were predestined according to God's purpose, chosen by Him before the foundation of the world. Let's think on this for just a minute. God chose us before the foundation of the world. That's pretty deep, thousands or millions of years ago, ages uncountable God chose me. Wow! But the I have a different problem. There is this issue of choice. Scripture plainly teaches that i have a choice. So how do we reconcile these two ideas. I don't know, hence the debate that's gone on for ages. Although it certainly isn't an accurate description, I like to look at it in this way. I was an orphan, dirty and evil, living in a big orphanage. God came and saw me and we chose each other. He adopted me and now I'm his. In a way one could say that He's chosen everyone, but not everyone responds.
Friday, September 21, 2018
That is a hard thing to do. There are times when we do a thing or things, all designed to be a form of ministry and there seems to be no progress, or no appreciation. It's discouraging and frustrating but don't stop. You started for a reason, maybe reevaluate what that reason was. Am I doing this for some glory? For some one or some group to pat me on the back? Or am I simply doing this because I really want to share it with others? It's also written that whatever you do, do as unto The Lord. Discouragement comes and very few people appreciate what others do but keep on doing any way.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
I've posted this same idea before, our freedom and forgiveness in Christ doesn't give us license to sin. Paul speaks of biting and devouring one another. I can't think of a better example in today's political climate. People biting and devouring. Maybe I just wasn't as conscious or maybe people just weren't as open with hatred but I don't think I've ever seen such open hatred for people as I see today. And it's not because of anything evil they've done. On the contrary, a lot of the hatred is for people who've been successful. There are so many power struggles going on, so many lies being spread left and right and in the midst of this I can't tell who's a Christian. So many who profess to be exhibit some of the worst hatred. Christ has set us free, harboring hatred is a form of slavery. Forgive and seek forgiveness.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Paul again addresses the problem of people going back to The Law after they've already accepted grace. I couldn't find any great spiritual insight in this besides what Paul already wrote but I do see a comparison to old habits. We get comfortable in different things. It gets hard to make changes, even when we know the changes are good for us. The fitness and diet industry makes billions every year from people who start but don't continue on any specific program. Being that this is a fitness and nutrition blog it seems fitting. I've worked with a lot of people over the past 20 some years, very few are still at it. Fitness is a commitment, like any other commitment. One must decide what they want, and how badly they want it. Direction is part of it but desire is paramount. The most common excuse I've heard over the years is no time for exercise. Bull! Twenty to thirty minutes, three times a week makes a phenomenal difference. It takes about a month to develop a habit but only about a week to break it. If you want it badly enough you'll find a way to carve out a 30 minute segment of the day and not miss it. For me it means I get up at 3:35 every weekday morning. It also means I keep track of everything I eat. I see folks on a regular basis that at one time were working out, lost some weight and said at the time they felt better than they had in years. Now they've gone back to the old habits, 30 minutes more sleep seems better than a quick workout. You know what it feels like to be healthy, why go back to the old way?
Monday, September 17, 2018
When we look more closely wee see that God actually gave Israel both The Law and grace. Grace being the promise given to Abraham. Man cannot keep The Law and that's it's purpose, to show us that we fall short. But in that same system there is provision for a sacrifice. Another to take the penalty of my sin, that's grace. An imperfect sacrifice but one nonetheless. So does this give license to sin? I may sin now and then bring my sacrifice to cover it? Certainly there were those who had this attitude, just as today there are those with a similar attitude. It's wrong though. When we understand these two ideas, things change from a requirement to a desire. I no longer MUST keep The Law, the love for God and for people creates a desire in me to do so.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
There are a lot of laws in our world today, far too many. When God gave The Law to Moses it really wasn't much, it became over 600 items. The reality is there are only two, I'll get to that later. That's The Law we need to live by if we seek salvation by works, can't do it though. Now looking at other laws. What is it that makes us obedient? I've heard this question asked several times over the years and again just recently. Why do you stop at a stop sign or red light if no-one is around? It looks at a person's attitude in several levels. First because it's the law, a legal standpoint. Second there may be a fear element, I could get a ticket and fine. There is an issue of integrity, doing what's right and then there is an aspect of love for others. Accepting that these laws are enacted to protect the general populace, I am obedient so that others are not harmed. When we reach a point of obedience out of love we understand what it's all about. This is the law, love God and love your neighbor.