For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Romans 1:25 NASB
I’ve seen a lot of people on Facebook recently talking about how this is the creator and that is god for them. So when I saw the text for today it made me think about how people are willing to exchange truth for error simply because it is hard to accept and believe truth. Maybe it’s because someone who professes to be christian did you wrong or maybe you are seeking another path either way if you begin to doubt God and refuse to believe the proof and evidence He has given to you of who He is, then you open yourself up to receive deception. What gets me is that God is going to love you anyhow and respect the choice you make. And that is the lesson for all of us, to be respectful and loving to people even if we disagree with their choices.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 NASB
It’s the last part of this passage that is touching me because we forget it all the time. We forget that God cares for us. We know He loves us, calvary proves that, but we forget that He cares. When we hurt He knows what that feels like. This passage is timely for us that as we enter the close of the year we remember that God cares.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
2 Timothy 4:3 NASB
Doctrine is something that many people do not want to talk about when it comes to their faith. “We don’t focus on doctrine, we focus on love” is a phrase that I have heard many many times when speaking to other people. So why then do we have in scripture the continual message about sound doctrine? Doctrine is what you are being taught and if what you are being taught doesn’t line up with scripture then it’s a problem. That’s why Paul let’s Timothy know, there will come a time when people won’t want to hear truth and the teaching of scripture and will instead surround themselves with people who will tell them exactly what they want to hear. “It’s ok to do x, as long as..” “oh its ok, they are in heaven now…” Beware of false teachers. Study the scriptures for yourself and see if they match what people teach as doctrine.
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB
When I saw this text this am I immediately thought about the guy at the end of the bench on a championship team. Like how much did that guy contribute to the win? Sure he did some stuff in practice and was encouraging his teammates and stuff but when you check the box score he has a big fat DNP.
That’s really the same with us and our salvation. We get the victory, but we didn’t do anything. We couldn’t do anything. If we get in the game we actually hurt our own chances of being on the winning side. And this is a game we absolutely must win.
So for me I’m cool being on the bench and accepting the victory through Jesus Christ. Cause at the end everyone on the team gets a ring. Even the bench guys.
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
1 Corinthians 15:14 NASB
We all like to talk about Christ’s death on the cross and how it fulfills the requirements of the law. Buy Paul makes an interesting point here in Corinthians that if there is no resurrection then it doesn’t matter. The resurrection is the vindication that Christ is who He is. The resurrection is the reason that we have hope for something beyond this life. Without the resurrection, and Paul says this beautifully, we above all men are to be pitied.
So please do not forget about the resurrection.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15 NASB
Sometimes you come across passages of scripture which sum up how your attitude should be. Indeed this is one of those passages as Paul sums it all up. The gift is truly indescribable. For how do you describe the gift of eternal life? How do you describe the gift of the forgiveness of sins? How do you describe love so vast that God risked His very nature and dare I say the existence of the universe just to save one person?
Exactly. It’s indescribable.
But You, O Lord , are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
Psalms 3:3 NASB
Shields are a necessity for great defense. So when the psalmist says that God is a shield about me, he expresses how total and complete God’s protection is. How it doesn’t matter if attacks come from in front, behind, below or above, God has got you covered. We should remember this more often so when the trials of life get here we can cling to this promise.