MonthOctober 2017

Whatsoever We Ask

Have you ever asked for something from God, and not understood why your request was denied? Perhaps, a little bit of bitterness rose up in your hearts because of it? God will sometimes say no to requests because we do not need it, but in today’s post the author will discuss another reason for God saying no.

1 John 3:22 – And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

While this verse does not specifically state a reason for God saying no, it can be used to draw an important principle. Negate the bold keywords in the verse to show the opposite case (not receiving what we ask). It would read something like this:

And whatsoever we ask, we receive not of him, because we keep not his commandments, and do not do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

And thus we have a principle to base the hypothesis on: that God says no when Christians are not obeying Him. Critics would say a loving god would never set such a standard, but the God who rules all of the universe has the right to make the standard. So what is this commandment?

1 John 3:23 – And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

The commandment, very simply put, is be a Christian, and love one another. As was discussed in the last post, telling someone you hate them is not loving one another. Loving people who love you is easy, how about people you would even consider saying “I hate you” to? Recall a statement Jesus Christ made in Matthew 5.

Matthew 5:46 – For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

So are you loving one another? Are you keeping the commandments of God? If you love God and you love people, you will follow the commandments in the Bible. Are you? If you are, then you are in a good position. If not, you really need to consider taking a  close look at your own heart.

1 John 3:24 – And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

 

I Hate You – Dangerous Words

“I hate you!”

Have those words ever come out of your mouth? If not, have you thought them? You more likely than not repented of saying those words to a person and probably didn’t think too much else on the matter.

1 John 3:15 – Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

The author wonders if this verse popped into a person’s mind after saying: “I hate you!” This is a difficult pill to swallow, even for the author. Sometimes Christians put levels on sin; for example, adultery and murder as worse sins than telling a lie. The issue with this view is that God considers sin sin. If one unbeliever only told a lie in his entire lifetime and another unbeliever only killed one person in his entire lifetime, neither would go into Heaven.

So, when the final part of the verse reads “no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him,” it is not stating that is you murder someone, you cannot go to Heaven. All people have the freedom to accept the free gift of God, to become a born-again believer.  It is stating that if you hates someone, you are as bad as an unsaved murderer. Not something one probably thinks about minutes after letting those dangerous words slip. Take some time to think before you say these dangerous words again.

 

 

Love Not The World

Because of the fall, Christians struggle between two differing views of how to live life. Before a person is saved, their life is dictated by how to please the flesh. After a person is saved, the struggle is between living for the flesh and living for God. Now then, if one is to live for God and not for the flesh, should one then not do those things which the world does? The world doesn’t live for God; the world only lives for the flesh. So, if an activity only pleases the flesh, the old nature of mankind, should the activity be done? What does the Bible say about a person who loves the world?

1 John 2:15 – Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Serving the flesh by partaking in activities that do not please God is not only sinful, but it harms a person’s testimony of Christ for the world. Why would the world want to hear the message of salvation from a Christian that acts like the world? The world won’t see a change, and will possibly even assume that they are saved, as how they are living is the same as how the Christian is living. Christians ought to not only have the love of the Father in them, but show it.

1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The activities that Christians ought to stay away from are pointed out in this verse. A person may say that Contemporary Christian Music is not spoken against in the Bible, but the author would suggest that the principle found in the verse quoted above state clearly that CCM is wrong and should be avoided. If the world sings a rock song and Christians sing a song with similar music but different lyrics, should that be alright? Is rock music not of a worldly nature? Because it is of this world and has such a nature, it should be avoided no matter what the lyrics are that are sung over it! Why should Christians listen to the same genre of music that the world listens to?

1 John 2:17 – And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

 

What the Bible Says About NFL Protests

No doubt you have heard of the NFL protests. By any chance, did you check the Bible to see what God said about the NFL protests?

Alright, yes, the author knows there is not a specific chapter and verse of the Bible saying: Thou shalt not protest the United States of America in any way shape or form. One may be wondering why the author is writing on a political issue, as opposed to a spiritual one. What the author would like to accomplish in this post is to connect the dots using Scripture, to show that protesting government, barring certain cases, is as much of a spiritual issue as homosexuality, drinking, lying, or stealing. The author would also like to show to any Christian that rebellion to any authority, be it parents, teachers, a boss,  a government, and ultimately God himself is sin and against the Bible. And the Bible does actually specifically say not to protest government, as follows.

Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.” Take the phrase “be subject,” what does that actually mean? The verb subject in the Oxford Dictionary has two meanings, the second of which somewhat fits this use of the word here. The definition states that to subject is to “bring (a person or country) under one’s control or jurisdiction,…” If people are told by God to be subject to some one, they are to place themselves under the control and jurisdiction of that government. There is no alternative but what leads to sin.

For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Whether or not you agree with a person in power, their authority was given by God. To disobey them, again barring certain cases, would be to disobey God. Let the author also say, that to protest against the government placed over you, is protesting against God. Therefore, the NFL players who protest the national anthem of this country, that God has placed all Americans in, protest the authority not only of the United States, but the authority of God. This has become a political issue.

The author would briefly like to touch on a phrase he has used twice in the post so far, “barring certain cases.” As human nature is flawed, and God gave mankind free will, there will be times when authority asks you to do something against the Bible. It is in that case, and that case only, that one does not have to obey the authority (Acts 5:29). While you should not obey commands contrary to Scripture, you should be respectful when explaining your reasons why.

Romans 13:2 – Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

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