It has occurred to me that the Puritan Ethic has done more damage to the church than almost anything else. It is rife throughout the church. The Puritan Ethic states that that hard work, discipline and frugality are a result of a person's subscription to the values espoused by the Protestant faith . Where did this come from? Did not God tell Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness ?
This is the key to the whole thing. We pay lip service to God, but we, deep inside, think we need to do everything ourselves, and if it all works out, we'll give God the credit. If it doesn't, well. It must not have been His will .
Read the Bible. Find out what His will really is for us. He loves us like the Father He really is. He wants us to rely on Him for Everything!
The church hates this philosophy, because it doesn't believe Him when He tells us in Matthew 21:22, And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Does anyone in the church today believe we can move mountains? And yet Jesus straightway tells us in Matthew 17:20, "noth
And yet Jesus straightway tells us in Matthew 17:20, And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Would you like ti take advantage of all the promises God has made to you, His child? You need faith to do so. In Romans 10:17, Paul tells us, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Turn off your Christian music, stop listening to and reading Christian literature, and spend that time instead reading the Holy Bible. Do it every day, day after day. Your faith will not only come, it will increase, so you can access all the good things God has in store for you, right here while you are still on Planet Earth. Proverbs 11:31 reads, Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. Right here on earth!I'm going to pound away at this day after day until some of you catch on. I've been away from Christian Blog, because frankly, I couldn't remember my password. But I am back,
Here's something else; (I need to shut this down; it's making me stay up too late): We constantly beg and plead with God for things He has already promised us in He Word. It's like your dad calling you to the dinner table, Hey kids, dinner's ready , and the kids saying to dad, Oh please father, feed us. Oh we beg of you, please give us our dinner . Like I said kids, dinner's ready. Oh father, we are not worthy to eat of your dinner. Please forgive us and let us partake of it. Do you see how ridiculous that is? God went to a lot of trouble to give us a Book to read that contains all the promises of His goodness and grace, and yet we still act like we don't deserve it. We need to act like we belong to Him, not like strangers to His grace. Let's be eagle Christians, not little sparrows.
This is one of my favorite topics. It makes Bible reading an exciting pleasure, not a chore. Ezekiel 36:25-27 reads, Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. You that are born again, does not this passage resonate with you? Isn't this what happened when you were born again of the Spirit of God? And yet, He is talking to Israel, not you. He is telling them what is going to happen to them, something that has already happened to us. Do you see what this means? All the promises, the wonderful promises of the Old Testament apply to you and me, right here, right now, on planet earth. If we can place our focus on the Word of God, we will find verse after verse that promises us everything our hearts long for right here on this planet.
1 Corinthians 2:6 reads, Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought. Did you ever wonder when reding this verse who Paul is talking about? I've been married for almost 40 years, and I guarantee you my lovely wife does not think I am perfect. But God does. When He looks at you and me, His born again children, He sees His only begotten Son. Jesus makes us perfect, not anything we do.
Isaiah 54:13 reads, And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children . All of us born again believers who have children fret as to whether they will make it to heaven. Want a tip? Memorize that Scripture. Notice it doesn't say Some of thy children , it says All of thy children . This promise is for you and me. Jesus tells us in Matthew 21:22, And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive . The best way to believe in His promises is to memorize passages of Scripture like this, and repeat it to yourself, day after day. The Word is a living, breathing thing, and it exudes life. The more Scripture you inculcate into your heart, the more your faith grows. Try it, and you'll see that I am correct.
2 Chronicles 16:12 reads, And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. I recently had a problem with my teeth, and wanted to get rid of it, without going to the dentist, or anyone else for that matter. So, I reversed the Scripture: And Mike Snead, in the sixty and seventh year of his life, was diseased in his teeth, until his teeth really hurt; and in his disease, he sought not unto the physicians, but unto God. And the pain went away. The Bible is real, His Word is effective, and we need to use it if we are going to be the people He wants us to be in these last days. Thank you Jesus (again).