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Archive for February, 2012

Reality Check

Reality Check.

There are some today who avoid certain passages or books of the Bible because those portions of Scripture are not in keeping with their theology…

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV).

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4, ESV).

How do we know when we are accumulating teachers to suit our passions? How can we detect when we are no longer turning to the truth and instead are wandering off into myths? How can we know unless we take up the whole counsel of God?

Give me the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. I want the flaming Word of God to pierce my heart and draw my soul to what is true about the Almighty and our life in Him.  It will hurt at times to receive the rebukes and exhortations, but we must…

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:1-2, ESV).

Truth Check.

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Superficial Surrender

I’ve been thinking a great deal over the past year about Mark 8:34, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” And then my pastor began teaching on this section.  And we continue to unpack it in different ways at the Fellowship of the Burning Heart.  Everywhere I turn, that message is before me.

We know of course, to become a Christian we accept and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  That’s the quick, Americanized definition.  Jesus Christ had a much deeper reality in mind, where the cross was central and the Holy Spirit essential.

I was reading Rees Howells Intercessor again last night and reread that portion in “The Holy Ghost Taking Possession”, “The Holy Spirit went on dealing with me, exposing the root of my nature which is self, and you can only get out of a thing what is in it’s root.  Sin was canceled, and it wasn’t sin He was dealing with; it was self – that thing which came from the fall. He wasn’t going to take superficial surrender” (pg 37-38).

“Every area of your life, in which you have not learned to be dependent, is an area of your life in which you have not as yet repented” Major Ian Thomas.

That’s convicting.

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