I was watching a sermon this morning on Romans chapter 3 – one of my favorite books of the Bible – by a pastor I had never heard of before.
I was impressed by the way he could take concepts that we new Christians in the 21st century have difficulty understanding, and explaining not only what they are but why we have difficulty understanding them. He also without apology explains what the church is doing wrong in it’s explanation of the Gospel.
Paul Washer became a believer while studying at the University of Texas. After graduating, he moved to Peru and served there as a missionary for ten years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society in order to support Peruvian church planters. HeartCry’s work now supports indigenous missionaries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Latin America.
Paul now serves as one of the laborers with the HeartCry Missionary Society. He and his wife Charo have four children: Ian, Evan, Rowan, and Bronwyn
Here is the Roman 3 Video I watched this morning. I pray that it blesses you the way it has me.
I was watching a sermon from John MacArthur today which I felt I needed to share. Pastor MacArthur does a phenomenal job sticking with Scripture when describing what Spiritual Warfare is, what it isn’t, and how to test the spirits. He speaks of who is responsible for doing it and why we do it.
He explains in great detail who the Holy Spirit is, and how He works in our lives. And he warns of the wolves in sheep’s clothing today, inside our church.
Today, I will admit it. I am in pain, lots and lots of pain. This isn’t unusual or unexpected. Too much or too little activity, weather change, etc. It is a part of my life. But…..
It isn’t me. It is not my identity. It is not who I am. It is just one thing in my life.
In this world we are going to problems, sufferings, losses. God does not keep us from these. Paul writes in Romans what we are to do in the midst of these:
we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5
Jesus promises us this:
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” — John 16:33 CSB
We can have peace, because of Jesus, not because of our situations, or our comfort. We are going to suffer, it’s a promise from our King. But how we manage that suffering, what we do with ourselves during that time of difficulty in our lives actually will grow us in Christ
As I am sitting here in my home, a day that I will most likely remain alone, I must be strive to be like Jesus. It is so easy to just “let your hair down” and let your flesh take over. After all, who is watching? The dog? He doesn’t care. But no matter where we are or who we are with, we need to be cognizant of the fact that we should be walking in the service He calls us to, in the way He wants us to live. We need to always be spending time with Him, asking Him in what areas of our lives we may need to repent. I have a daily need to embrace what 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:
2 Timothy 3:16-17(NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,17 so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
and know that the Word of God is meant, not just for us to feel good about being believers. No, not at all! It is for our training, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. Let us seek Him and His righteousness and not get so busy with our tasks serving that we forget that although we may be in the world, we are not of the world. We will not look like the world, we are not supposed to. We need to be an example for others and show ourselves approved to God.
Today, I was listening to a book titled “Grasping God’s Word” by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. It provides a new perspective for me with regard to interpreting God’s Word. It uses the normal Observation, Interpretation, Application skeleton, but fleshes it out in a whole new way. A great read. I am by no means finished with it and may not in the end find it useful, but so far, I love the concept and different approach.
This begins a new adventure for me. I have always been more of a pen and paper kind of girl, sharing my thoughts and dreams in journals, lots and lots of journals. But as my heart is molded and changed by God, so have my thoughts and dreams evolved. I probably won’t write like any other “blogger”, I have no experience with it, in full disclosure, but I feel it is something God is calling me to do…..so I do.